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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Riky Rick, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Burna Boy, Blinky Bill, Niniola 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.


Minz 'Skin'

After a period of silence, Minz returns to the spotlight with his latest single "Skin," a crisp and seductive afro-swing track that appreciates the beautiful skin and figure of all women. Shot and directed by Mahine Sef in Gabon, the music video is sensational and will have you transfixed while you view it. "I want everyone seeing this video to feel good about themselves. To know that they are special. The little imperfections that make us insecure about ourselves are actually what make us unique and beautiful," he writes to OkayAfrica on e-mail.

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Riky Rick 'You And I' feat. Mlindo The Vocalist

Riky Rick's new song features one of the most sought after singers in the game, Mlindo The Vocalist. The singer assists Riky in assuring the love of his life that his love for her is forever. The rapper speaks of him maturing into a better partner and human being in general. He promises to do better by his bae. "You and I" is reminiscent of the Riky who dropped a song like "Sondela" from his 2015 debut album Family Values. Riky's sincerity always works in his favor when he pens personal songs like his new one.

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Blinky Bill 'Mungu Halali'

The soulful and groovy "Mungu Halali" has definitely been one of the most popular songs from Blinky Bill's debut album, Everybody's Just Winging It and Other Fly Tales. The semi-gospel beauty features talented Kenyan singers Sage, Sara Mitaru , Wambura Mitaru and Lisa Oduor-Noah. The brand new music video for the single sparks a lot of nostalgia, opening with the words of legendary veteran Kenyan media guru, Leonard Mambo Mbotela, "Je huu ni ungwana?" The heartwarming visuals capture the essence of Nairobi—religion, art, family, hustle and more.

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Ayanda Jiya 'Falling For You' feat. A-Reece

South African singer Ayanda Jiya gifted her fans a special Valentine's Day gift in the form of "Falling For You," which features the rapper A-Reece. "Falling For You" is an old school RnB-inspired tune in which the singer details her feelings for a special somebody who stole her heart. Ayanda sounds at home over an instrumental that leads with a looped 8-bit sound reminiscent of the video game Pacman.

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Dejot 'Uhujano' EP Feat. Moonchild Sanelly, Radio 123 & More

Swiss electronic producer Dejot has a fondness for South African and its musicians. Last year, Dejot produced the rapper Robin Thirdfloor's EP Bhotela in its entirety. He has also worked with Bongeziwe Mabandla. This year, for his latest EP, Uhujano, he enlisted South Africa-based artists Moonchild Sanelly, Waterlillyrose, Robert Machiri and the duo RADIO 123. The collaborations were curated by all-round music junkie, DJ, producer and drummer (BLK JKS) Tshepang Ramoba aka RMBO.

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 Oritse Femi x Burna Boy x Konshens 'Play Am'

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one. The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am." The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

Jovi 'God Don Kam'

Cameroonian rapper Jovi comes through with the new 14-track album, God Don Kam. The self-produced record is packed with hip-hop bangers that see Jovi blending elements from Cameroonian genres like bikutsi, makossa, and bottle dance to create a new genre he calls 'Mboko,' as he delivers hard rhymes in English, French, Pidgin, and Limbum. Grab the album here.

Niniola x Sarz 'Designer'

Niniola and producer Sarz connect for the first time since the success of "Bana" for this new single, "Designer." As the title implies, the new song sees the Nigerian singer singing about the many high-fashion brands she's drawn towards. The beat, crafted by Sarz, is readymade for the dance floor.

Read: Niniola Is the Nigerian Queen of Afro-House

DJ Kaywise x Dj Maphorisa x Mr Eazi 'Alert'

Mr Eazi shares his latest collaboration "Alert" which sees him teaming up with South Africa's DJ Maphorisa and fellow Nigerian musician DJ Kaywise. The upbeat track, gets an equally lively music video, which features the three artist in colorful streets. They're surrounded by energetic, vibrantly-dressed dancers as they perform. Later, they head to the bank to make it rain with several bills. The track is a definite party-starter, that seamlessly fuses elements of Nigerian and South African pop.

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Priddy Ugly & Bontle Modiselle 'I Want Something New'

After collaborating on the song "I Pray," one of South Africa's most loved couple Priddy Ugly and Bontle Modiselle drop a two-track EP. The duo goes by the name Rick Jade, which comes from the artists' real names Ricardo and Jade. I Want Something New is a celebration of love. The project's cover art sees illustrator M4RK reimagine the Garden of Eden with Bontle and Priddy. Sonically, I Want Something New combines RnB and Afrobeats, which plays as the perfect backdrop for documenting the highest order of emotion, love.

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Larry Gaaga 'Iworiwo' feat. 2Baba

After releasing "Baba Nla" with a stacked roster of afrobeats greats last year, music executive-turned-artist Larry Gaaga has tapped Nigerian pop music veteran 2Baba to drop 2019's Valentine's Day anthem, "Iworiwo." The track, produced by Marvio and mixed by Tee-Y Mix, is another to add to the roster of quintessential afrobeats love songs. As Konbini notes, the stars of the "Iworiwo" music video coordinated by Tilt Productiions are the partners of both 2Baba and Larry.

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DemiMa 'Sondela'

As the grand-niece of legendary South African Jazz musician Bheki Mseleku, DemiMa Mseleku is continuing the musical legacy of the renowned family. Having nurtured her artistry since childhood, she now announces herself with her debut single "Sondela," a soulful story of love, identity and belonging. These themes resonate with DemiMa; as an artist whose development occurred between London and Durban.

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Sipho The Gift & oshxku 'Good Things Come In 3s'

South African rapper Sipho The Gift just released his 3-track EP Good Things Come In 3s, which offers an interesting perspective on intimacy. It follows his debut album, 2017's Kintsugi, a deeply cathartic record made from a place of gloom. For it's part, Good Things Come in 3s is a jazzier and more colourful offering. The exquisite production is handled by the innanetwav's oshxku who's previously worked with The Big Hash. The EP comes in at just over three minutes, with each track successively bleeding into the next.

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Nubiyan Twist 'Jungle Run'

Nubiyan Twist are a 12-piece London-based collective blending a wide array styles and influences into a modern soulful sound that's been brewing out of the UK's new jazz scene. The band, who initially met at the Leeds College Of Music. is now preparing the release of Jungle Run, a 10-track album that sees them collaborate with several artists from their circle (and a few legends like Tony Allen and Mulatu Astatke) as they weave across compositions influenced by hip-hop, afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, dub, Latin music and much more.

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The LGBT community in Kenya and its allies have been struck a heavy blow. Kenya's High Court has decided to uphold the criminal status of homosexuality in the country, according to the BBC.

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Watch Chika's Cerebral Performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Nigerian-American MC drops serious bars in "No Squares" and "Richey v. Alabama."

Chika Oranika, also just known as Chika, recently made her late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest hosted by Lena Waithe.

Waithe is a huge fan of the Nigerian-American wordsmith (as we all are, let's be real), especially since her freestyle about the rise and fall of Kanye West went viral last year. The rapper continues to be inspired about current events and eloquently gives much needed thoughts and commentary through straight bars.

With her performances of "No Squares" and "Richey v. Alabama" on the show, it's fair to say that she's the internet's unofficial poet laureate.

"We all know what's going on in Alabama right now, and I'm from Alabama. I felt like with this opportunity and the way that it lined up, it would make so much sense for me to come on here and speak for people who would otherwise feel voiceless," she shares with Waithe on what inspired "Richey v. Alabama."

She continues:

"Richey is the last name of one of my best friends who has such a powerful story when it comes to what's going on in Alabama. I felt like this would be a proper tribute to her, and also a proper tribute to all women in Alabama—all people in Alabama with wombs who are able to carry children—and I felt like this is my time to speak for us."

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South Africa's midfielder Linda Motlhalo (L) and South Africa's defender Janine Van Wyk celebrate after scoring a goal during the FIFA international friendly football match between South Africa and Jamaica at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban , South Africa on April 7, 2019. - South Africa's Women Team, known as "Banyana Banyana", has qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France 2019. (Photo: ANESH DEBIKY/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa's National Women's Football Team to Receive Equal Pay

The Banyana Banyana, will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time ever as they head to the FIFA World Cup.

Last November it was announced that South Africa's national women's football Team, the Banyana Banyana, would be heading to the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever. South Africans celebrated the news, but some also pointed out that despite their successes, the female players were still being payed less than their male counterparts.

This is set to change however, as for the first time ever South Africa's women's team and its men's team, Bafana Bafana, will earn the same pay as they head to the World Cup in France and the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, respectively, Times Live reports.

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