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Tekno 'Enjoy' (Remix) featuring Mafikizolo.

The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tekno x Mafikizolo, Yaw Tog, Muzi, Seyi Shay x Yemi Alade, M.anifest x Juls and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases 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.


Tekno x Mafikizolo 'Enjoy' (Remix)

Tekno dropped the remix to his upbeat and electric single "Enjoy" which was released towards the end of last year. The Nigerian artist enlisted South African Afropop duo, Mafikizolo, who have added their signature flair to both the remix itself and the accompanying visuals. The remix comes after Tekno's most recent single "Kata" which dropped last year as well as his debut 14-track album, Old Romance.

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Muzi 'Interblaktic'

Muzi has released astonishing afro-futuristic visuals for his latest electro fusion single 'Interblaktic', off his forthcoming album. This latest offering is a smooth electronic number that reflects Black joy and freedom on an intergalactic level. The single and the visuals blend effortlessly, making this a synergetic affirmation of Blackness in all its forms.

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Yaw Tog 'Y33gye'

Yaw Tog, one of the leading act's coming out of Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, comes through with the hard-hitting new visuals for "Y33gye," taken off his Time EP. The new clip was directed by Koopoku Studios, the same team behind the massive video for "Sore." Find out all about Ghana's buzzing drill scene here.

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Seyi Shay 'Pempe' ft. Yemi Alade

Nigerian artists Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade have teamed up for an explosive collaboration titled "Pempe." The single is a vibrant and mid-paced number that exemplifies a quintessential Afrobeats song and everything that makes it infectious. Mixed and mastered by the inimitable Kel P, the song is a seamless and fun collaboration between the two artists, much to the enjoyment of both their respective fan bases.

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M.anifest 'Confusion' (Prod. Juls)

It's a Ghanaian link-up in M.anifest's airy new single "Confusion," produced by Juls. "I had this strong urge to take an almost opposite approach to the happy guitars and triumphant horns," M.anifest mentions about the song. "It's what makes 'Confusion' compelling; the musical canvas is somewhat jovial, but the ideas laid on it are stark and brutally honest about real life. The line, 'No money dey but they all pray hard / even outlaws are down by law, No GPS but they all explore', sums up the message behind the song perfectly."

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Shekhinah 'Trouble In Paradise'

South African R&B and pop songstress Shekhinah finally dropped her sophomore album Trouble in Paradise. The 12-track project, initially scheduled for a 2020 release, is the official follow-up to Shekhinah's 2017 debut album Rose Gold, and captures the evolution of her sound. Featured on the album are Una Rams, Luke Goliath and Bey T.

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YoungstaCPT 'Kleurling'

South African rapper YoungstaCPT released the music video for his track "Kleurling". The song features on his debut album 3T, the 22-track project which dropped in 2019. While "Kleurling" translates from Afrikaans to "Coloured", a member of a specific racial group in South Africa, the rapper has revealed his aversion to the term because of its historical implications. The visuals for the track, however, are an exquisite passage through Coloured identity, culture and origin with the cinematic execution to match.

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Grixxly 'As The Fruit Ripens'

Grixxly, the up-and-coming emcee from Eswatini, released the 5-track EP As The Fruit Ripens. In it, he showcases his versatility and lyrical prowess over hard-hitting trap-influenced beats and soul-infused samples. He expresses his thoughts and emotions and paints a picture of who he is and what he's about.

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Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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