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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Distruction Boyz, DJ Spinall, R2bees, Wizkid, Kirani Ayat, 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.


Distruction Boyz 'It Was All A Dream'

Durban gqom duo Distruction Boyz just released their sophomore album, a year after their platinum-selling debut Gqom Is The Future. It features the likes of DJ Tira, Mr Eazi, Dladla Mshunqisi and Beast, among a few others. While their debut led with the massive hit single, "Omunye," It Was All A Dream is a stand-alone body of work that is yet to give fans a hit of choice to lose morals to this December.

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Kirani Ayat 'Guda'

"Guda" is the second single off Ghanaian artist Kirani Ayat's forthcoming debut album, Aisha Sun. In his signature Hausa-rap style, he delivers an infectious afro-trap track that tells the story of struggle, perseverance, determination and the will to succeed and become the one. "The song talks about me being the one. Guda means the one, the chosen one. It also talks about a story of grass to grace; it's sort of like a motivational, inspirational song and also a bit braggadocious too," Ayat tells us.

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DJ Spinall 'Iyanu' 

After teasing what's to come with 2018 singles "Nowo" featuring Wizkid and "Baba" featuring Kizz Daniel, Nigeria's own DJ Spinall's long-awaited album is here. Iyanu is the producer and DJ's fourth studio album. The 10-track project is packed with star-studded features including Davido, Burna Boy and Tekno, alongside jams from newcomers Nonso Amadi and WurlD.

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Odunsi (The Engine) 'falling'

Odunsi The Engine's debut album rare. has been well-received since its drop earlier this month, where the Nigerian producer and singer gives us an aesthetic listening experience. "falling" is the first music video from the project and it doesn't disappoint. Shot on location in Dubai, the music video is in line with the track's 80s r&b; and funk vibe with hazy treatment, glowing melanin and meme-able stills to match.

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Tweezy 'Legend'

South African producer and rapper Tweezy had a busy year. From lending production to several albums that came out this year (Nasty C's Strings and Bling, L-Tido's 16, Bigstar Johnson's Me and Mines), to releasing an EP titled Seeds as part of the trio T.M.Z, which consists of him, Makwa and Zingah. As if that wasn't enough, the artists just released a solo single titled "Legend." And it bangs. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.'s "Nothing Can Stop Me" gets looped and strengthened by heavy 808s.

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Wizkid & R2bees 'Supa' 

Wizkid and R2Bees have previously connected on big songs like "Tonight" and "Slow Down." The Nigerian star and Ghanaian duo are now revisiting their tried and tested musical chemistry in this new single, "Supa," which was produced by Killmatic. "Supa" builds on a minimal beat work and sparse-yet-addictive melodies to deliver a solid song about love and lust.

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Saudi 'Drip'

South African rapper and singer Saudi recently released a music video for his song "Drip," from his debut album, 2017's D.R.U.G.S Inc. "Drip" is one of the standout songs on the album, which has plenty of great tunes. Just like most of the album, "Drip" showcases Saudi's effective songwriting skills, as he uses the word drip to make reference to his sauce and sex.

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TrapFunk&Alivio 'Bota Kára' 

TrapFunk & Alivio are a Brazilian group coming out with some truly high-energy, melting pot music built on influences from their home of Salvador, Bahia. The quartet—which is comprised of Dj Alle-x, Manno Lipe, Dj MG and Banha—has previously collaborated with NY producer Kashaka and Everyday People's DJ Moma. They're now coming through with the new video for "Bota Kara" which you can check out above.

Skinniez ‘Inhale’ & ‘Exhale’

Joburg-based Cape Town electronic producer and disk jockey DJ Skinniez dropped two new EPs this morning. The two projects, which are called Inhale and Exhale, are linked as they both explore the theme of breathing. Each EP consists of five songs. The projects showcase the extremely talented artist's diversity, as you'll hear traces of dubstep, boom bap and even trap co-existing seamlessly.

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BabaFemi 'Adura' feat. Odunsi

Odunsi's been busy these days with the release of his album, rare., and now this collaboration with Nigerian-Canadian artist BabaFemi. "Adura" (Yoruba word meaning prayer) takes influences from BabaFemi's upbringing in Toronto and his cultural Nigerian ties, with hints of Yoruba and Toronto slang intermingled in his lyrics.


Frank Casino 'Come Alive'

South African rapper Frank Casino and his boys are cruising through the streets of Joburg's north side in his latest music video. The song "Come Alive," is the first single from the MC's upcoming four-track EP Heroes of Tomorrow. "Come Alive" is a jaunty trap banger that doesn't feel out of place in the catchy summer songs out now. The MC raps and sings about a woman who's "gonna get the D from the DM slide" and is his ride or die, but for now they ride.

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YoungstaCPT & Da L.E.S  ‘Slam Dunk’

South African rappers YoungstaCPT and Da L.E.S just released the music video for their collaboration "Slam Dunk." The song is from Da L.E.S' compilation album, Hall of Fame 2, which was released earlier this year. The bass-heavy banger was produced by the Cape Town-based Kay Faith.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Adekunle Gold, EL x Joey B x Falz, Tiwa Savage, Tshegue, Afro B, Davido 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 our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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From highlighting vintage Guinean records in rap songs to Nollywood references in afropop, Sample Chief wants to be an "all-knowing wizard" that "shares African music intelligence on a deeper level."

Samples are the foundation of just about all of our favorite songs whether we know them or not. For music lovers, discovering a rare song within a song can feel like stumbling upon a gem, leaving us to wonder what other musical treasures lie hidden in the songs we listen to regularly. Sample Chief is the digital platform dedicated to helping music nerds find these rare cuts by unearthing the African sounds at the heart of contemporary African music and other genres.

From rare Cameroonian-Nigerian samples on Tyler the Creator's Igor, to samples and interpolations of Nollywood movies in today's African pop, the primarily Instagram, Twitter and YouTube-based platform aims to be an "all-knowing wizard" that "shares African music intelligence on a deeper level," says Sample Chief's founder Ore Sami-Orungbe.

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Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow-up to several EPs she's released in the past including Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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