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Captain Planet & Alsarah's "Ghazal"

The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Beyoncé x Shatta Wale, Major League DJz, Alsarah, Skales, Burna Boy 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.

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Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer 'ALREADY'

Beyoncé's highly-anticipated visual album, Black Is King dropped last week. With it, came stunning music videos for some of the collaborative tracks from her 2019 Lion King: The Gift album, which the star artist described as her "love letter to Africa" upon its release. Arguably one of the best songs on the album was "Already" featuring Ghanaian artist Shatta Wale and Major Lazer. The official music video, which dropped today, doesn't disappoint. The video emphasizes vibrant dance and choreography, featuring dancers like Nigeria's Papi Ojo. The video features Beyoncé in a number of incredibly striking looks, including a stunning shorts and blazer combo by Ivorian-American designer Loza Maléombho.

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Major League DJz & Abidoza 'Pianochella!'

South African twin deejays Major League DJz have dropped a new album titled Pianochella! alongside Pretoria-based deejay and producer Abidoza. The title of the project is a play on Coachella and the popular South African subgenre amapiano. Pianochella! is a 31-track project featuring collaborations with both familiar names and up-and-coming artists. The likes of Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, Riky Rick, Senzo Afrika, Holly Rey , Kamo Mphela Mpho Sebina, and Shana all make appearances on the album alongside countless other artists.

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Captain Planet & Alsarah كاپتن پلانت & الساره - Ghazal غزل 

Captain Planet and Sudanese singer Alsarah connect for an alluring ode to love. Their new single "lyrically draws from the Persian canon of love poetry devoted to a beloved (Ghazal), and melodically draws from folk love songs from Southern Egypt (such as n3na3 elginayna)," a press statement reads. Get into the hypnotizing video, directed by Maryam Parwana, above. The song is featured on Captain Planet's latest album, NO VISA.

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Skales 'Badman Love'

Nigerian artist Skales shares his latest music video for single Badman Love. The light-hearted track, fresh off of his June 2020 Healing Process EP release, portrays the typical love story of love at first sight. The Kezzi produced record is sure to get fans up and dancing on their feet with the afrobeat producers' magic touch.

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Subculture 'The River Bend' ft. Rachel Chinouriri

UK-based producer Subculture links with Zimbabwean/British neo-soul artist Rachel Chinouriri for "The River Bend," a head-nodding and haunting new track. The song pairs beats and saxophones bursts, along with Chinouriri's singing, to convey the idea of "how racial prejudice and the misunderstanding of other people's cultures can warp someone into feeling deeply emotionally, psychologically, and physically threatened by the harmless presence of others," a press statement explains. Get into it above.

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Sam Smith x Burna Boy 'My Oasis'

Nigerian singer Burna Boy has teamed up with British pop star Sam Smith on their new single "My Oasis." This new release comes hot off of Burna Boy's recent celebration of his latest album African Giant getting over a billion streams. The new single "My Oasis," out today, comes after Smith's decision to postpone their latest album release. The singer said in a now deleted Instagram post that they felt that the timing was off, but promised that they are, "still going to bring out some new music over the next few months."

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M-Josh - Stories Of Africa (Wake Up)

M-Josh pays tribute to legend Fela Kuti for his "contributions to protest, rebel, and resistance music." The artist dropped "Stories of Africa (Wake Up)" on the anniversary of Fela's passing, August 2.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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