Stromae photo by Stephan Vanfleteren.
The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week
The best songs of the week featuring Stromae, Davido, Seinabo Sey, Harmonize, Cassper Nyovest 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.
Cassper Nyovest "Ksazobalit"
On what is one of the most creative videos of the year, Cassper Nyovest is dressed like an Afrikaner farmer. He gyrates on a farm, and so do the dancers on the video. The rapper's tongue-in-cheek video takes inspiration from the memes and tweets about what black South Africans will do with it when land that was stolen from them by colonialists is returned.
Stromae's back, and his 9-minute song almost makes up for his five year hiatus. 'Défiler' is the singer's first release since his 2013 album Racine Carée. The sprawling track speaks of the journey one takes through life, calling routine and social norms into question.
Harmonize ft. Diamond Platnumz "Kwa Ngwaru"
WCB Wasafi continues to reign over East African music with "Kwa Ngwaru," a bouncy and infectious collaboration between Tanzania's biggest stars.
DJ Yin "Voodoo" feat. Bella Alubo & Bankyondbeatz
DJ Yin connects with Bella Alubo of Tinny Entertainment and Bankyondbeatz for a wavy new track that you're gonna have on repeat. The new single sees them comparing being in love to being under the spell of voodoo.
Professor Rhythm "Professor 3"
Professor Rhythm was the production moniker of South Africa's Thami Mdluli, who made "club music with a township style," as he's mentioned. His third album Professor Rhythm 3, which came out the same year apartheid ended in South Africa (1991), is a clear reflection of what the nation's urban centers were listening to at that pivotal time. "Our music gave hope to the hopeless," Mdluli mentions about his sound, which sought to unite black South Africans.
Reason "Azania" feat. Swizz Beatz & Sibongile Khumalo
South African rapper Reason is working on his sixth studio album called Azania, a follow-up to last year's Love Girls. The album's first single just came out and it features legendary jazz artist Sibongile Khumalo and Swizz Beatz who also produced the song. Lyrically "Azania" is intense, which is what we've grown to expect from the lyricist. Reason talks about poverty, unemployment and all ills and how rappers choose to ignore all that.
Davido went viral in Nigeria when he posted a video of himself gifting his girlfriend, Chioma, a Porsche with the license plate "ASSURANCE." The plate was a nod to his latest, romantic single which is performing well since it dropped.
D'Prince, Davido & Don Jazzy's 'Gucci Gang'
Speaking of Davido, he linked up with D'Prince and Don Jazzy for this undeniably catchy new single "Gucci Gang," which will be playing at every party soon... although we didn't really need the Lil Pump reminder.
Seinabo Sey "Breathe"
Swedish-Gambian singer Seinabo Sey returns with the new single, "Breathe," an orchestral string-backed song about self-love and self-acceptance, which the Swedish-based singer wrote while on a trip to Dakar.
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