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Still from Kwesi Arthur's "Live From 233"

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Kwesi Arthur, TOBI x Juls, Manu WorldStar, 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, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


Synapson 'Lengueno' ft. Pongo

French production duo Synapson connect with Angolan vocalist Pongo for the immediately ear-catching "Lengueno," a track that blends Pongo's kuduro-influenced vocal delivery with a head-nodding beat. "We find it interesting to mix our productions with voices from around the world. The idea is to discover new sounds and produce world fusion music. Get out of the British and American habit," explain Synapson.

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Kwesi Arthur 'Live From 233'

Highly-buzzing Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur comes through with the hard-hitting "Live From the 233" from his newly released EP This Is Not The Tape, Sorry For The Wait 2. The three-track project features production from Juiczxx, MOG Beatz, and Yung Demz. Check out the surprise visual to "Live From The 233" above.

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TOBi, Juls 'Dollas and Cents'

TOBi comes through with the new cross-Atlantic visuals for his latest single "Dollas and Cents," which sees him linking up with producer Juls. The new music video sees the rising Nigerian-Canadian artist looking towards his birthplace of Lagos for a story that speaks to our current times. Directed by C.S., the new clip toggles between Lagos and Toronto scenes as TOBi and dancer Tiwa Pearl (who was recently in Black is King) playfully connect through a FaceTime call.

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Manu WorldStar 'Choko'

Manu WorldStar has released his debut album Molimo on the heels of his lead single "Choko," which dropped towards the end of June. Manu WorldStar comes back with more fire in this 12 track ensemble featuring Anatii, Gemini Major, Aubrey Qwana, Focalistic, Rouge, Rowlene and $pacely. The "Nalingi" hitmaker shared the news of the new project on social media.

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Ice Prince 'Make Up Your Mind' feat. Tekno

Nigerian stars Ice Prince and Tekno connect for the uplifting new single and video for "Make Up Your Mind," which plays as the perfect end to summer. Get into the lively music video above.

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Ladipoe ft. Joeboy 'Yoruba Samurai'

Ladipoe and Joeboy, two of NIgeria's most buzzing, come together for the alluring new track 'Yoruba Samurai." You'll have this one spinning on repeat.

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Thaba "Warrior"

Thaba was born out of a collaboration between South African singer Khusi Seremane and producer Gabriel Cyr. The duo's debut record, Eyes Rest Their Feet, is due in November from Soundway Records. A press statement mentions that their style is influenced by South Africa's Mbaqanga and Bubblegum, as well as Roxy Music, Grace Jones, Sade, and Talk Talk. You can hear those influences wrapped up in the soulful, and slightly sorrowful, "Warrior" above.

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Emiboy & Teni 'I Go Pay'

Emiboy and Teni go in over an addictive Killertunes beat in the new single "I Go Pay." The two sing in a duet as lovers, the male vocal (Emiboy) fully in love, and the lover (Teni) looking to be spoiled in monetary as well romantic ways.

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Mawcom X & Kuvie 'Gift of GOD'

Ghana's Mawcom X and producer Kuvie join forces in the 7-song project, Gift of GOD. The new release features Kuvie's top-notch production and a laundry list of notable features ike Boj, La Meme Gang's $pacely and Kirani AYAT. Get into it above.

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Ben Brako 'Adoma' ft. Papa Flava

Ghanaian highlife veteran Ben Brako has shared his latest single "Adoma," featuring Papa Flava via our own Okaymusic distribution. Get lost in the uplifting record above.

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


Interview
Image courtesy of Jay Trigga.

Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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