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The 9 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring DJ Spoko, Tekno, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Tiwa Savage x Omarion 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.


R.I.P. DJ Spoko

South African producer Marvin Ramalepe, better known as DJ Spoko, has passed away. Spoko was the pioneer behind Bacardi House, a kwaito-influenced style that pairs jolting military drums with pitched-up melodies.

He also collaborated with several artists like DJ Mujava, who he helped craft the percussion pattern behind the massive hit "Township Funk." We'll be loudly blasting his incredible tracks today. 🙏🏾 🙏🏾 🙏🏾

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Muthoni Drummer Queen 'She'

Muthoni Drummer Queen's new album, She, is a spirited celebration of womanhood. The multi-talented Kenyan artist and entrepreneur's new concept album is a true Afro-feminist record and a victory for herself and Kenyan music in general.

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Tiwa Savage x Omarion

Tiwa Savage's solid Sugarcane EP, which dropped last year, is still getting plays over here and now, she's come through with a reworking of one of its standout tracks. "Get It Now (Remix)" sees the Nigerian star and Mavin Records first lady connect with Omarion, who adds a new verse and lays down some nice duets alongside Tiwa in this reworking.

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E.L 'Ayeyi' feat. Dope Nation

Last December, E.L declared himself the best African rapper with his latest mixtape BAR 4, and we're tempted to believe him. The Ghanaian rapper showcases his effortless flow and mic dynamics throughout that mixtape, which are both on clear display in this new music video for "Ayeyi," alongside fellow Ghanaians Dope Nation.

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Yemi Alade "Bum Bum"

Yemi Alade drops the music video for "Bum Bum," the dancehall-influenced track off her recent album, Black Magic. We recently rounded up 7 Reasons Why Yemi Alade Is A Music Video Icon, which you should check out if you like this one above.

Guiss Guiss Bou Bess "Jigueenu Africa"

Guiss Guiss Bou Bess is comprised of Mara Seck & Stéphane Costantini, a duo that blends electronic music with traditional Sabar percussion and Mbalax, Senegal's popular dance genre. Their first music video for "Jigueenu Africa" "highlights Senegalese women and the magic they have when it comes to dancing Sabar," the band writes in a statement.

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Fatoumata Diawara "Nterini"

Malian singer/songwriter/guitarist Fatoumata Diawara comes through with "Nterini," which she calls "a subtle, affecting reminder of the global migration crisis." The music video was directed by Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aïda Muluneh.

Tekno "Yur Luv"

Nigerian hitmaker Tekno is back with another jam that's ripe for taking over the charts. Check out his latest single, "Yur Luv," above.

Flappy "Coded Level" feat. Ramos

Flappy and Ramos are back with another banger, "Coded Level," produced by one of Nigeria's Jerrywine. Check out the track's new black-and-white music video above.

"Coded Level" is available everywhere now from Okaymusic.

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First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

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. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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