The 9 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Sade, Cassper Nyovest x Davido, Ostinato Records, Oumou Sangaré 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.


Sade "Flower of the Universe"

Late last month, news spread that iconic Nigerian-British singer Sade would release her first original song in over seven years, as part of the soundtrack for Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. It is now time to rejoice, because the No I.D.-produced track, entitled "Flower of the Universe" is here.

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Vintage, Golden Era Sudanese Sounds

You really need to hear this gorgeous mixtape from Ostinato Records. The label's founder Vik Sohonie shared details on his upcoming compilation of sounds from Khartoum and Omdurman with us this week.

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Odunsi, Zamir & Santi "Alté Cruise"

Nigerian cool kids Santi, Odunsi and Zamir drop the hazy new single, "Alté Cruise," and its accompanying grainy music video. Santi writes, "We are family of young musicians, model, filmmakers, fashion designers, doing our thing slightly differently from the mainstream. Because of that, In Nigeria they branded our scene Alté. So we just decided to own that narrative. So this song depicts our daily lives, our lifestyle on this side of this Nigerian Scene that's growing everyday."

Cassper Nyovest x Davido

In mid-January, Cassper Nyovest and Davido revealed they were working on some music together. Less than a month later, the song is here, and it comes with a video, too. "Check On You" is a hybrid of afrobeats and South African house, with some sprinkles of rap and pop.

Oumou Sangaré Remixes

Nigerian producer Krizbeatz, PEDRO, Sampha and others re-worked tracks from the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré's last album. It's just a taste of the fully updated Mogoya Remixed, which drops digitally March 2 on Nø Førmat!

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Kannon "Stay Up" & "Cavalli"

Kannon is a protégé of Nigerian producer Sarz (the man behind Drake and Wizkid's "Come Closer"). He's worked with Sarz, Dremo, Ichaba, Dapo Tuburna and many more. In his two latest singles—"Stay Up" and "Cavalli"—he balls like Ronaldo and showcases why he's one to watch.

Kannon's "Stay Up" and "Cavalli" are available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

Nakhane "Interloper"

South African musician Nakhane just released the visual to "Interloper," a song from his upcoming album, You Will Not Die. The minimalistic video is reminiscent of the 90s, as Nakhane rocks a shiny suit like Diddy and Mase in their days.

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Victor Collins 'Fidelia' EP

Nigerian singer and songwriter Victor Collins comes through with a solid 6-track EP Fidelia. Collins says the EP, whose title means faithful, is dedicated to all African women.

Fidelia is available everywhere now from Okaymusic

Subterranean Wavelength 'Wiretribe'

South African electronic music label Subterranean Wavelength's Wiretribe compilation consists of artists signed to their roster. Just like with most of the label's releases, the basis of Wiretribe is a boundless approach to production—boom bap, trap, soul, dubstep and even house lend their influences to the 11 songs featured on the compilation.

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News Brief
Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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