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Teni and Davido in "For You."

The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Teni x Davido, Stonebwoy, Prince Kaybee, Femi Kuti, Manu WorldStar & 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.


Teni 'For You' ft. Davido

Nigerian singer and songwriter Teni shines in her latest music video "For You" featuring fellow Nigerian star Davido. "For You", which is centred on a prison escape, sees Davido and Teni teaming up for a thrilling visual escapade. The "For You" music video starts of with Teni behind bars and comically relays the love story that lead to her re-arrest. Davido plays the lover who visits her and breaks her out of jail but the freedom lasts for a short while.

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Prince Kaybee 'Ebabayo' ft. Nokwazi

South African DJ and producer, Prince Kaybee, has dropped a hot new house single "Ebabayo" featuring Nokwazi. The track is the second single that has been released ahead of his upcoming album The 4th Republic. "Ebabayo" with vocalist Nokwazi sets the tone for Prince Kaybee's highly anticipated fourth studio album.

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Stonebwoy '1GAD'

Ghanaian dancehall enthusiast Stonebwoy has illustrated his journey to stardom in his latest track titled "1GAD." The single, appropriately named after the singer-songwriter himself, comes as the stars first solo release in the new year. The track, produced by Streetbeatz, journeys through the Grammy-nominated artist's life and times making his way up the music ladder.

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Femi Kuti 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi and Made Kuti have released their highly-anticipated two-album project, Legacy +, and we're in love. The innovative package includes one solo album from each artist, with Femi giving fans Stop The Hate and Made sharing For(e)ward. In celebration of the joint release, Femi has gifted fans with music videos for tracks "Stop The Hate" and "As We Struggle Everyday," both directed by Optimus Dammy with illustrations by Kiki Picasso.

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Manu WorldStar 'Pressure' ft. Mariechan

Manu WorldStar has released his latest single "Pressure" featuring Mariechan. The single comes off his critically acclaimed debut album Molimo. The South African-born Congolese Afrofusion artist has come back with a love song and collaborates with R&B singer, Mariechan. "Pressure" is an easy-going song that speaks to meeting expectations in a relationship. The single has an unforgettable hook and Mariechan's smooth vocals adds a delightful mood to it.

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JEUNE LIO 'SGFA (SEXY GIRL FROM ABIDJAN)' FT. OXLADE, DIDI B & CHRYSTEL

Côte d'Ivoire-based DJ Jeune Lio comes through with the music video for his single "SGFA (Sexy Girl From Abidjan)." The addictive and slow burning track features appearances from Ivorian superstar rapper Didi B, buzzing Nigerian artist Oxlade, and vocalist Chrystel. "SGFA" sees Jeune Lio celebrate the women of his home city of Abidjan, the artist mentions.

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TOBi 'Dollas and Cents' Remix ft. DJ Tunez, Oxlade, Juls

Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi comes through with a new remix of his single "Dolllas and Cents," from the project ELEMENTS. The latest cut features a new mix and additions from DJ Tunez and Oxlade. ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul and contemporary rap sequences which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats.

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KobbySalm 'Aseda' ft. PO Godson, Joe Kay, Belac360

Ghanaian rapper KobbySalm has released his first single of the year titled "Aseda." KobbySalm is the fresh new name in gospel rap in Ghana, and he's been buzzing ever since dropping his power-packed debut album In The Midst of Comfort in August 2020. On "Aseda," KobbySalm featured three equally talented names in urban gospel—Belac360, Joe Kay and P.O Godson. The song, which sits on an amazing drill beat by Vacs, seeks to appreciate God for his goodness over the years.

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


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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