Burna Boy. Still from YouTube

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Fik Fameica, Michael Kiwanuka, Wale, 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.



Burna Boy 'Anybody'

Burna Boy returns with a new song and video just in time for the weekend. On "Anybody," the artist sends a message to the naysayers, reminding them that "respect is reciprocal," and that he has no time for enemies. The track, produced by Rexxie, features a smooth saxophone riff and rhythmic percussion—making the song another one fit for the dance floor.

Find out more

Kojey Radical 'Can't Go Back'

Kojey Radical is readying the release of his third project, which will look to explore themes of depression, god, family, self-worth, creativity, and love, according to his team. The British-Ghanaian artist is now sharing the striking new music video for the album's lead single "Can't Go Back," a song we included in our favorite Ghanaian tracks the month.The new clip, directed by Kojey Radical and longtime creative partner Charlie Di Placido, pairs the song's funk and soul-influences with alluring dances performed in an empty warehouse.

Find out more

Fik Fameica 'Omu Bwati' ft Patoranking 

Ugandan rapper Fik Fameica teamed up with Nigerian artist Patoranking to bring us the infectious track "Omu Bwati" which translates to "in particular" a few weeks ago. Now the duo have dropped the music video for the C-Tea Beat-produced track and it's all thumbs up from our side.

Find out more

Gemini Major 'Right Now' feat. Nasty C & Tellaman

Gemini Major invited fellow Durbanites Tellaman and Nasty C for his latest single "Right Now." Nasty C handles the chorus and the first verse before Gemini Major and Tella finish off what's already a slapper with equally engaging verses. Smoky synths and 808s give the song texture while the three close friends exhibit their different personalities and artist traits with an undeniable chemistry.

Find out more

AYLØ 'Paris!'

AYLØ is a rising rapper, singer & producer coming out of the same innovative Nigerian musical circles as the likes of Santi and Odunsi. AYLØ, who we previously named one of the 6 Artists From the New School to watch, is now back with his latest single "Paris!," a a hazy mix of hip-hop beatwork and woozy synthesizer waves anchored by the Nigerian artist's airy vocal delivery.Find out more

Maleek Berry 'Flashy'

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy." The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved.

Find out more

Gigi Lamayne 'Fufa' ft. King Monada

For the past few years, it seemed as if King Monada hibernated throughout the course of the year, only to show up in December with a summer smash. But this year, after his 2018 viral hit "Malwedhe," the Limpopo-born producer and artist seems to be more visible. His appearance on Gigi Lamayne's latest single "Fufa," is one of such instances. The rapper roped in King for an addictive gqom song that seems to be catching on fire this winter.

Find out more

Wale '09 Folarin'

Nigerian-American rapper, Wale is currently readying the release of his sixth studio album by dropping a new song every week this month, which he announces through Twitter. This week, the artist takes us back with his latest track "09 Wale," a jazzy, horn-filled tune, reminiscent of his early mixtape days. And much like his early days in the game, the rapper can be heard flexing his lyrical dexterity and swift flow.

Find out more

Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 'Money'

It's been a while since we heard from British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, but he's back with a new single and we couldn't be more here for it. The artist teamed up with fellow British musician Tom Misch for the funk and disco-inspired single "Money." The mid tempo song is one made for chill summer nights, as Kiwanuka soulful vocals pair smoothly with Misch impressive guitar work. The '70s influence comes off strongly on the nearly 5-minute track.

Find out more

J Molley 'Flower Child'

In his latest music video for his new song "Flower Child," J Molley takes a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While the South African artist has shown himself many times as a person who enjoys his privacy, his previous videos have always been steeped in mystery. On "Flower Child," however, the young hip-hop artist enjoys what's left of the autumn sun. He retreats to what looks like a resort, and even does yoga and a bit of martial arts.

Find out more


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


News
Photo: Alvin Ukpeh.

The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: 808x On Crafting Different Sounds For the Diverse Innanetwav Roster

808x, the in-house producer for South Africa's popular hip-hop collective/label Innanetwav, breaks down his working process with artists and the importance of energy.