Mr Eazi in "Supernova"

The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Odunsi, Mr Eazi, Efya, Major League DJz, Gigi Lamayne, Burna Boy 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.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


Mr Eazi 'Supernova'

Mr Eazi has released the accompanying music video for "Supernova" shortly after he released the single and it does not disappoint. Directed by Meji Alabi, we see the Nigerian crooner with a Godzilla head and a plaid zoot suit win over the heart of his love interest in the quirky visual. Pairing well with the song, he's surrounded by swaggy dancers serenading his vixen while having fun. His first single of 2019, produced by E Kelly and Dre Skull, is a super obvious 2-minute tune—who wouldn't want to be toasted with Fashion Nova?

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Major League DJz x Focalistic 'Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi' EP

South African twin-DJ duo Major League DJz just unleashed a new six-track EP alongside Focalistic titled Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi. The title loosely translates to "It's not trap, it's songs from the hood." Trap isn't necessarily associated with the hood in South Africa. But amapiano, the incumbent house subgenre in South Africa, which dominates the EP, was started in the townships of Pretoria.

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Odunsi 'star signs' feat. Runtown

Odunsi shares the highly-anticipated music video for his single, "Star Signs," a standout from his 2018 debut album rare. The alté mainstay pays homage to Nigeria's late '80s and early '90s party culture, which was all about fun, fashion and flashiness. Odunsi takes on a glittering, King Sunny Ade-esque persona as he leads a party full of people dressed in traditional Yoruba garb. Each table at the function is arranged according to a zodiac sign. The vintage themed video, directed by Candles, features several cameos, including one from frequent collaborator Santi.

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Gigi Lamayne 'Jou Stad'  feat. YoungstaCPT & 25K

Gigi Lamayne just released a new song from her upcoming EP Job Woods. Titled "Jou Stad," the song features fellow rappers YoungstaCPT and 25K. "Jou Stad" showcases the diversity of rapping styles in South African hip-hop, as YoungstaCPT and 25K bring their own Cape Town and Pitori flavors over production by Tantrik.

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Burna Boy x Mahalia 'Simmer'

After having collaborated with UK artists such as Rita Ora, Lilly Allen and Dave, Burna Boy continues to carve out a space for himself on the UK music scene. Most recently, is his feature on UK singer Mahalia's new track entitled "Simmer''.

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Ma-E 'LeVibe'

South African hip-hop OG Ma-E gives his single "Le Vibe" fitting vocals. The song is purely kwaito, from instrumentation to vocals. The music video was shot in the hood, and sees Ma-E mingle with his peeps at the corner store. But the highlight of the video has to be the pantsula dance routines that are fitting for a song that references kwaito, a genre of music associated with amapantsula.

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Efya ft. Medikal 'Ankwadobi'

Here's a big Ghanaian link-up from Efya and Medikal who connect over a trumpet-backed beat in the new single "Ankwadobi."

KOKOKO! 'Fongola'

KOKOKO! is the raw, alternative sound of Kinshasa. The DRC group—which consists of French producer Xavier Thomas (aka Débruit) and a team of rambunctious musicians from the Ngwaka neighborhood, including vocalists Makara Bianko and Love Lokombe—return with their hypnotizing new album, Fongola.

The Big Hash 'Circles'

South African hip-hop artist, The Big Hash just dropped the visuals for his latest single "Circles." The song portrays Hash's feelings about a woman who clearly did him wrong in the past. In the video, the rapper tells parts of his ordeal visually. The woman in question is seen betraying Hash. The video was directed by Clout Cassette, a name you should be familiar with if you've been checking out A-Reece's recent music videos.

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SSUE 'Commotion'

Ghana's SSUE comes through with the alluring new music video for her single, "Commotion." As the artist describes, "The child listens to the song and dreams of her favorite artist and eventually meeting her and the other tracing the artist's childhood desire and ambition of being a music star and succeeding in being one."

"Commotion" is available now

Kerry Wayne 'No Know' 

Kerry Wayne hails from Delta State, Nigeria. He just dropped the upbeat scorcher single, "No Know," which blends afro-fusion elements with dancehall and more.

"No Know" is available now

Joel Sebunjo 'United Slaves of Africa'

Uganda's Joel Sebunjo has just released this latest 8-song album, United Slaves of Africa, a record that you should really spend some time with and digest.

United Slaves of Africa is available now

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.



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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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