Mr Eazi in "Supernova"

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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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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

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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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