Stonebwoy in "Tuff Seed"

The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Stonebwoy, Mahmoud Ahmed, Tiwa Savage x Zlatan, Africa Express, Juls x Mr Eazi 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.



Stonebwoy 'Tuff Seed'

Stonebwoy comes through with the new single, "Tuff Seed." The uplifting Streetbeatz-produced single sees the Ghanaian star singing about remaining tough and strong when facing life's issues. The accompanying music video for "Tuff Seed" was directed Adasa Cookey. Stonebwoy mentions, "People have to realize that they have to be mentally strong and they have to know that they are seeds. No matter what people do to them, or what they go through, they have to get down there, they have to be buried to grow into trees to grow fruit. This is a very inspirational song."

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Zlatan x Tiwa Savage 'Shotan'

Tiwa Savage shares another fiery collaboration, this time with buzzing Nigerian artist Zlatan. Following the release of the bubbly "Ello Baby" earlier this month featuring Kizz Daniel and producer Young John, the singer enlists the "Zanku (Leg Work) singer for the sultry "Shotan." A bodacious track that sees the artists trading lines back and forth in Yoruba. Tiwa sings about one-upping her naysayers, and commanding a room when she walks in, while Zlatan joins in on the second verse. The song's smooth production comes from none-other than Nigerian beat maker Spellz.

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Africa Express 'EGOLI'

Africa Express is back with the entrancing new album, EGOLI. Throughout its 18 tracks the music collective, which was co-founded by Damon Albarn, concentrates on the sounds of South Africa. The entirety of the new record was recorded in just a week of collaborations in Johannesburg. EGOLI includes buzzing South African names like Moonchild Sanelly, Sho Madjozi, BCUC, BLK JKS, FAKA, Mahotella Queens, Muzi, Morena Leraba, Nonku Phiri, Radio 123, and Sibot. It also features a posthumous track with DJ Spoko.

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Juls & Mr Eazi 'Cake'

Frequent collaborators Juls and Mr Eazi, link up once again on "Cake." The two-and-a-half minute track sees Mr Eazi singing about his love interest's derrière atop mid tempo production. On the catchy chorus, the artist references DJ Tjaey's 2017 hit, "Look Like You," dropping lines about a girl who gives him a "sugar rush."

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Tommy T featuring Mahmoud Ahmed 'ANCHIN አንቺን'

Gogol Bordello bass player Tommy T was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He connects with the legendary Ethiopian artist Mahmoud Ahmed for his latest single "Anchin," which translates to the feminine pronoun 'you' in Amharic. Tommy T explains that the song "fuses roots reggae with the very familiar sound of Ethiopia's musical golden era."

DJ Tunez 'Gbese' ft Wizkid & Blaqjerzee

DJ Tunez and Wizkid share the music video for their standout collaboration, "Gbese." The fun and stripped down video begins with DJ Tunez and a group of women look party-ready as they saunter around in their traditional attire. Wizkid enters the shot later, delivering a mellowed-out live performance backed by DJ Tunez, who's a three-man band on the keyboard, drums and guitar. The duo appear laidback and carefree as they perform in the all-white space, complementing the track's breezy production by Blaqjerzee.

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Chidokeyz 'Fibadi' feat. Wizkid 

A few days ago, Chidokeyz and Wizkid dropped their new joint "Fibadi" produced by BlaqJerzee. Now they're back with the music video for the song and their synergism is wild. The up-and-coming artist Chidokeyz teamed up with Nigerian royalty Wizkid to deliver a really solid visual. "Fibadi" is the second single that Chidokeyz has released this year following his "Body" single featuring Ceeza Milli back in January.

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Nova 'Angela' (Prod. by BankyOnDBeatz)

Nova, the Toronto-based, Lagos-raised singer and rapper, returns with his latest single "Angela," the hazy and addictive lead track from his upcoming release, S.T.A.Y. (Still Think About You). BankyOnDBeatz handles the production on this new track which you'll have on repeat.

"Angela" is available everywhere now.

Dave - Location (ft. Burna Boy)

Dave and Burna Boy share the music video for their popular collaboration "Location," a standout from the British-Nigerian rappers's critically-acclaimed debut album Psychodrama, which dropped in March. Dave is in full celebration mode in the self-directed music video, which features cameos from Stormzy, Michael Dapaah and a newly freed J Hus. Burna Boy gives an energetic performance, joining Dave and a group of friends at well-lit outdoor party. The video brings to life a tweet that Dave shared earlier this year, upon the release of his album.

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King Monada feat Leon Lee 'One Day'

South African hitmaker King Monada is not resting this year. The artist and producer has been releasing singles consistently and collaborating with other artists. His recent single is titled "One Day," and speaks of longing for the day when one's life is what they hope it will be.

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Lady Donli 'SUFFER SUFFER'

Lady Donli continues to flex her creative muscles with her newest track, "Suffer Suffer." Nigeria's very own pulls from the old and not so old of Nigerian pop-culture as we await the release of her new album. The song begins with Fela Kuti-inspired chanting: "Suffer suffer suffer no go come here, no come my way." It's definitely a mantra we all should bear in mind—the stress isn't worth it.

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Katini 'Neon Lights'

Katini Yamaoka is a Ghanaian-Japanese singer based in NYC. She comes through with the new single, "Neon Lights," an electro-pop ode to nights out in the city produced by Rance Dopson. Get into it above.

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Listen to Wizkid's Surprise New EP 'Soundman Vol. 1'

Wizkid treats fans to new songs featuring Chronixx, DJ Tunez and more—just ahead of 2020.

Wizkid is back. The Nigerian pop star surprised listeners early this morning with the unannounced release of a new EP, Soundman Vol. 1.

Though Wizkid has released a couple of singles this year, fans had been awaiting a new drop and more extensive project from the artist. With it being so close to the end of the year, it didn't look like we'd get a new body of work from the artist till 2020, but he proved otherwise when he took to Twitter at the wee hours of the morning to quietly share streaming links for the new project.

He also announced that a second EP, Soundman Vol. 2, would drop sometime before his highly-anticipated upcoming album Made In Lagos (MIL).

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring K.O, Fatoumata Diawara, Burna Boy, Harmonize, Darkovibes x Runtown, Shatta 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.

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From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

From there, the hashtag grew to be omnipresent in modern society. It has given us global news, as well as strong comedic relief and continues to play a crucial role in our lives. As the decade comes to a close, here are some of the most impactful hashtags from Africans and for Africans that used the medium well.

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In Conversation: Pelé's Daughter is Making a Documentary About Women's Soccer Around the World

In this exclusive interview, Kely Nascimento-DeLuca shares the story behind filming Warriors of a Beautiful Game in Tanzania, Brazil and other countries.

It may surprise you to know that women's soccer was illegal in Brazil until 1981. And in the UK until 1971. And in Germany until 1970. You may have read that Sudan made its first-ever women's league earlier this year. Whatever the case, women and soccer have always had a rocky relationship.

It wasn't what women wanted. It certainly wasn't what they needed. However, society had its own ideas and placed obstacle after obstacle in front of women to keep ladies from playing the game. Just this year the US national team has shown the world that women can be international champions in the sport and not get paid fairly compared to their male counterparts who lose.

Kely Nascimento-DeLuca is looking to change that. As the daughter of international soccer legend Pelé, she is no stranger to the game. Growing up surrounded by the sport, she was actually unaware of the experiences women around the world were having with it. It was only recently that she discovered the hardships around women in soccer and how much it mirrored women's rights more generally.

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