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Skepta in "Energy (Stay Far Away)"

The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best music of the week featuring Skepta, Wizkid, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Shekhinah, Mr Eazi, Brian Simba 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.


Skepta x Wizkid x Dizzee Rasal 

Skepta shared the new music video for his first official Wizkid collaboration, "Energy (Stay Far Away)." The low tempo, slow-burning jam, which was produced by Nigerian hitmaker Sarz, now has an appropriately low key beachside video shot in Lagos, Nigeria. He also links up with Dizzee Rascal for the new head-nodder "Money Right," the lead single off Rascal's upcoming Don't Gas Me EP.

Estelle 'Lovers Rock'

Estelle's fifth album, named after the sensual reggae subgenre, tells her parents' untold love story with collaborations from the likes of Maleek Berry, Kranium and more. The West London-raised artist who originally hails from Senegal and Grenada tapped into sankofa (looking to the past to inform the future) and returned to her roots with her concept album, Lovers Rock.

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AKA 'Fela In Versace' feat Kiddominant

AKA drops the new video for "Fela In Versace," one of the clear standouts from his latest album Touch My Blood. The track features Kiddominant on the hook. Read about how AKA's sampling is preserving and reimagining South African classics for a younger audience here.

Serious Klein 'Voodoo Money'

Serious Klein is a Ghanaian-born self-described "art rapper" coming out of the German underground who's been making waves with his infectious blend of hip-hop, jazz and soul. The artist has now released the epic and stunning visual for his single, "Voodoo Money," a dark, hard-hitting track built on an ominous piano line and an inventive flip of Rich Boy's "Throw Some D's." The song was produced by Rascal, who's worked with Chance the Rapper.

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Cassper Nyovest 'Gets Getsa 2.0'

Cassper Nyovest recently announced his new album with the drop of its lead single, "Gets Getsa 2.0" The Gemini Major-produced banger, which has been blasting on repeat over here, sees the South African megastar paying homage to kwaito legend Doc Shebeleza through a sample on the track. Cassper has now shared a new music video for his new age kwaito single, which oozes with all the 90s throwback vibes and party scenes to get South African ready for the warmer months to come.

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Lil Kesh & Duncan Mighty 'Flenjo'

Lil Kesh comes through with his newest music video and single, "Flenjo." The new track, which was produced by Rexxiepondabeat, sees Lil Kesh connecting with none-other-than Duncan Mighty for an uplifting tune about living your life. It's paired with this new party clip directed by Stanz Visuals.

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Muzi 'Questions' feat. Tiro_Other Draft

South African electronic music producer and artist Muzi just released a new scorcher titled "Questions (feat. Tiro_Other Draft)". The song is another version of "Questions" from his debut album Afrovision. When we spoke to the artist earlier this year, he said, "I'm gonna drop another version of "Questions." It was actually the first version, it just didn't flow well with the album."

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Shekhinah & Mr Eazi 'Suited (SynX Remix)

South African singer Shekihnah, has teamed up with Nigerian afrobeats mainstay Mr Eazi, for the dreamy remix to her popular single "Suited." The song is one of the standouts from Shekihnah's debut album Rose Gold. Today she shares the song's remix, produced by afrobeats producer Synx, and a breezy new music video featuring a catchy opening verse from Mr Eazi. The Durban-shot video sees the artists on luxurious ships—where Eazi can be seen getting his make up did—before attending a colorful, chilled-out party and linking up towards the end of the video.

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Yung L 'Bam Bam'

Nigerian Afro-dancehall act Yung L return with the new tune titled "Bam Bam," a nod to Sister Nancy. The Chopstix-produced joint is tailor made for the dance floor with its blend of dancehall and touches of UK garage. Get into it above and purchase here.

Brian Simba 'Silence' feat. Vanessa Mdee & Michael Love

Rising Tanzanian rap sensation Brian Simba drops the highly-anticipated single "Silence" and it features the East African diva herself, Vanessa Mdee, and newcomer Michael Love. Jamaa Flani will surely get you out of your seat with this upbeat dancehall-flavored tune.

"Silence" is available across all platforms now

Stogie T "Pretty Flowers" feat. Maggz, Kwesta & J Molley

On his latest single, titled "Pretty Flowers," South African rap legend Stogie T ropes in Kwesta, Maggz and J Molley. The latter delivers the vocal hook that gives the song a modern feel, while the three MCs spar with polished verses like the veterans they are.

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Toya Delazy "London Town"

South African musician Toya Delazy just highlighted her song "London Town" as a single for her 2017 album Uncommodified by shooting a video for it. The music video shows Toya in London, frolicking under the sun. A gang of dancers join her as she makes the streets hers.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Adekunle Gold, EL x Joey B x Falz, Tiwa Savage, Tshegue, Afro B, Davido 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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Sample Chief, a Go-To Platform for African Music Knowledge, Share 5 of Their Favorite Samples

From highlighting vintage Guinean records in rap songs to Nollywood references in afropop, Sample Chief wants to be an "all-knowing wizard" that "shares African music intelligence on a deeper level."

Samples are the foundation of just about all of our favorite songs whether we know them or not. For music lovers, discovering a rare song within a song can feel like stumbling upon a gem, leaving us to wonder what other musical treasures lie hidden in the songs we listen to regularly. Sample Chief is the digital platform dedicated to helping music nerds find these rare cuts by unearthing the African sounds at the heart of contemporary African music and other genres.

From rare Cameroonian-Nigerian samples on Tyler the Creator's Igor, to samples and interpolations of Nollywood movies in today's African pop, the primarily Instagram, Twitter and YouTube-based platform aims to be an "all-knowing wizard" that "shares African music intelligence on a deeper level," says Sample Chief's founder Ore Sami-Orungbe.

Sami-Orungbe, a Toronto-based student and DJ who runs Sample Chief with his business partner Sandrine Somé, decided to create the page after realizing that there were no solid outlets to go to for the discovery of samples both in and of African music. "I was on a plane listening to 'Sicker' by Niniola and thinking, 'there's a huge sample on it, (she samples "Alaye" by L.K.T) but is there a database I could go to if I feel like I've heard a song before and want to know where the sample came from? There wasn't. So I thought maybe I should fill the void." He adds that with Sample Chief, the goal is to "be a platform that brings a community of users together and opens up a space where they can share their knowledge of African music. We break down songs and highlight the influences, the samples, interpolations, and the references behind it."

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Watch Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim's  TED Talk on How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Fight Climate Change

The Chadian activist—and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020—says traditional knowledge, as practiced in her native Mbororo community, is one of the keys to combatting climate change.

In a new TED Talk, climate activist, geographer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, discusses the role that indigenous knowledge can play in combatting climate change.

During the 13-minute talk, Ibrahim emphasizes how the exploration and acceptance of various knowledge systems–including those that fall outside of the scope of typical scientific research–can add to our understanding of ways to protect the environment. "I think, if we put together all the knowledge systems that we have -- science, technology, traditional knowledge -- we can give the best of us to protect our peoples, to protect our planet, to restore the ecosystem that we are losing," says Ibrahim.

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South Africans Condemn Police Brutality During National Lockdown

A number of videos have emerged on social media allegedly showing the intimidation and assault of several Black South Africans by law enforcement.

South Africa recently began a nationwide lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed across the nation to aid the police in ensuring that the rules of the lockdown are upheld. However, disturbing footage has emerged on social media allegedly depicting law enforcement agents assaulting Black South Africans.

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