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Cover Art of Burna Boy's 'Twice As Tall' album.

The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, A-Reece, Jeune Lio x Magasco, Cuppy x Rema x Rayvanny, 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 playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


Burna Boy 'Twice As Tall'

Burna Boy's Twice As Tall album is finally here. The 15-track album is the official follow-up to the critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated African Giant which dropped last year. Twice As Tall features a number of musical heavyweights and talents namely Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour, Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol, British-Nigerian grime rapper Stormzy, Coldplay's Chris Martin and American hip-hop trio Naughty By Nature. The project was produced by none other than Diddy, Mama Burna (Bosede Ogulu) and Burna Boy himself.

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A-Reece-'Residual Self Image'

A-Reece has finally released new music. It turns out, it's a single. One that features Reece's frequent collaborator, the R&B/soul singer Ayanda Jiya. "Re$idual $elf Image" is produced by Reece's long-time producer Mash Beatz. For the first two minutes of the song, Reece raps over Mash's keys and a bass line after a hook in which he's assisted by Ayanda Jiya.

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Bab L' Bluz 'Ila Mata'

Bab L' Bluz, translated as "The Door of the Blues," is a Moroccan-French group created in 2018 in Marrakech. Get to know their psychedelic Gnawa blues style in their single "Ila Mata" above, taken from their recent album Nayda!

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Jeune Lio 'MY LOVE' feat. Magasco

Here's a Cameroonian banger from Abidjan-based DJ and creative director Jeune Lio. The mid-tempo, afro-fusion leaning "My Love" features fellow Cameroonian hitmaker Magasco. Get into it above, you'll be replaying this one.

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Cuppy 'Jollof On The Jet' ft. Rema & Rayvanny

London-based Nigerian DJ Cuppy connects with Rema and Tanzania's Rayvanny for a highly-addictive single in the form of "Jollof on the Jet." The track leads Cuppy's upcoming album, Original Copy, which is due Friday, August 21 and will also feature Julian Marley, Wylef Jean, Teni, Ms Banks, Darkoo and more. Cuppy is also the host of Apple's new Africa Now Radio show.

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Vigro Deep 'Rise of A Baby Boy'

Pretoria's youngest amapiano export, Vigro Deep has released his much-awaited 19-track album Rise of Baby Boy which is the latest offering from his Baby Boy series of albums—he has previously released career defining EP Road to Baby Boy II, followed by Baby Boy 2 Reloaded and Baby Boy III within months of each other in 2019. This latest offering features vocalists Bucie, Rethabile, Khumz, Khama Billiat and Sax.

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OWO 'THINK YOU ARE'

Nigerian-American singer OWO comes through with the striking "Think You Are," produced by Big H. The single pairs pop vocal melodies with subtle afro-fusion-inspired beat work for a captivating new tune. Get into it above.

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


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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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