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.

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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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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.


Photo: Courtesy of Radswan


The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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