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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.

Find out more.

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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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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