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The 8 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring L.A.X, Ebo Taylor, Sudan Archives, Mr Eazi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.


L.A.X "Gbefun"

Nigeria's L.A.X is readying the release of his upcoming album, King Rasaki. He now comes through with the addictive "Gbefun," his lead single of the year and L.A.X's first on his new imprint Rasaki Music, since leaving Starboy Records.

Check out the Houston-shot music video for "Gbefun," directed by Emmanuel Otinwa, and grab the track here. This one's straight fire.

Sudan Archives "Nont For Sale"

Sudan Archives first caught our attention through the electro-folk experimentations heard in her excellent debut EP last year. The 24-year-old vocalist and self-taught violinist is now announcing the release of her follow-up EP, Sink, which will be coming out May 25 on Stones Throw.

Her songs are a supremely captivating and unique blend of violin, hazy R&B; vocals and hip-hop beats, as heard in lead single "Nont For Sale."

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Ebo Taylor's Afrobeat & Highlife Mixtape

Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor has just released his latest record, Yen Araan album that he's calling his finest to date. Now, to pair with the release of Yen Ara on Mr Bongo, UK producer and DJ Chris Read has put together an incredible mix of Ebo Taylor classics.

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Tunde Olaniran "Vulnerable"

Flint, Michigan-based, Nigerian-rooted artist Tunde Olaniran is a kind of multiple threat as he typically sings, writes, raps, and even choreographs his releases.

Tunde is now announcing his second album, Stranger, with the lead single "Vulnerable, which he calls a "soft, femme trap anthem." It's a truly beautiful track.

Jah9 "Love Has Found I"

For years, Jah9 has been refining her intoxicating 'Jazz on Dub' style. The Jamaican singer is now releasing her latest song, "Love Has Found I," which exemplifies her blend of dub, reggae, and jazz vocal delivery. The song was released on the anniversary of the birthday of Haile Selassie's wife, Empress Menen Asfaw.

Read: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Rastafari According to Jah9

Arsenic "Hidden Formulas 5: Project Indigo"

Arsenic's new boom-bap EP features Chris Gaudy, Andy Mkosi, YoungstaCPT,Mvula Drae and more. Sadly it's only 15 minutes long. Just as you are gearing for more heat, it's done. Hidden Formulas 5: Project Indigo, the latest in the series of mixtapes by Cape Town veteran producer Arsenic, packs some serious heat.

Find out more.

Aida Sock "Kiding Kiding" feat. Admow

Senegalese singer Aida Sock first made her name as a contestant on The Voice Afrique Francophone's first edition. She connects with the Zambian-born, Senegalese-Congolese act Admow for this clean and crisp new love song, "Kiding Kiding," that's ripe for your weekend playlist.

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Da Beatfreakz "Take Over" feat. Mr Eazi, Seyi Shay & Shakka

UK-based Nigerian production duo Da Beatfreakz come through with the new single "Take Over," which boasts an impressive cast that includes the always-buzzing Mr Eazi (who reportedly recently signed to Diplo's label Mad Decent), Nigerian singer Seyi Shay and London's Shakka, who arguably steals the track here with his verse.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.



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The Nigerian Army Has Denied Opening of Deadly Fire on #EndSARS Protesters

Despite considerable footage depicting #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate having been shot at by security forces, the Nigerian military has denied that they were responsible.

Yesterday, several media outlets reported that Nigerians protesting against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were shot at by security forces. What is now being termed a "massacre" by many, occurred at Lekki Toll Gate shortly after the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, abruptly declared a 24-hour curfew in Lagos. Additionally, unknown men had been filmed removing CCTV cameras from the region prior to the shooting. While there has been no official death toll, many protesters were injured with gruesome images and videos depicting this circulating on social media. No official death toll has been recorded although one protester told the BBC that they personally witnessed at least 20 dead bodies. In response to last night's tragic events, the Nigerian military has denied that they were responsible for shooting at the protesters with live ammunition.

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.