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Olamide '999' EP cover.

The 16 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Angelique Kidjo, Oumou Sangaré, Sudan Archives, Fireboy DML, 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 playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


Synapson x Oumou Sangaré 'Bensema'

Legendary Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, joins French DJ duo Synapson on their latest single "Bensema." Sangaré's powerful vocals shine on the track as she sings rhythmically over pulsating, electronic production. The Wassoulou singer brings booming energy to the dance-worthy track. The standout single marks the duo's return following the release of their debut EP Haute Couture in 2010, and their 2015 album Convergence.

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Olamide '999'

Olamide has dropped his first official body of work for this year—an EP titled 999. The nine-track EP is the follow-up to his 2018 collaborative album YBNL Mafia Family and features several talents including Phyno, JayBoi, Sosa-E, Rhatti, Snow, Cheque, Milly and Jackmillz. The Nigerian hip-hop artist hits the ground running with the opening track "No Time." The track is slow-paced with an almost nostalgic synthesised sound which brings a calming feel. In "Warlords", Olamide recruits Phyno, Snow, Rhatti and Cheque to produce an ominous but upbeat sounding track where the five all drop some fire verses.

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DJ Arafat 'Kong'

"Kong" is the first posthumous release since the passing of celebrated Ivorian artist DJ Arafat. The new music video, directed by Mahine Sef and co-directed by Sele VFX, is a highly energetic affair that also features depictions of Arafat with his beloved motorcycle. DJ Arafat was the ambassador of a music form popularized in Cote D'Ivoire but exported worldwide. He commanded Coupé-Décalé's fast percussion, vocals and dances and gave birth to Francophone Africa's urban music scene.

Read: Hommage to DJ Arafat, the King of Coupé-Décalé

Kanyi Mavi 'Lobola'

In her latest song, Kanyi Mavi is whipped. Her love for the man who stole her heart is driving her to pay amalobolo. A progressive move from Kanyi as that's normally the man's role in most African cultures. The Cape Town-based lyricist has one of the most solid deliveries this side of the Equator, and in the new song, she proves she will always have it (the second verse is a serious work of art). "Lobola" features Prof.Ceaz and was produced by Kay Faith, one of the country's most sought-after talent behind the boards.

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Pablo Nouvelle x Angelique Kidjo 'Milambi'

Grammy-winning Beninese legend Angelique Kidjo joins forces with the Swiss DJ/producer Pablo Nouvelle on the track 'Milambi,' the first single from Nouvelle's newly released EP Eliso. The track, which originally premiered in January via the archival music label Beating Heart, marks Kidjo's "maiden venture" into electronic music, as stated in a press release. The track is made up of "archival African field recordings,"from Hugh Tracey's collection. It also fuses booming electronic sound with elements of afrobeat. Kidjo delivers powerhouse vocals as usual.

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Fireboy DML 'Vibration'

Rising Nigerian artist Fireboy DML, shares the music video for his latest single, "Vibration," from his debut album, Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps. The song features eclectic production with a Latin flair from Deeptunes. The unique visuals see the artist in several striking settings including a ballroom filled with skillful dancers doing the foxtrot and mambo. "The French ballet the Latin salsa/tango the Indian Holi festival of colours, African percussion. My new video, "vibration" is a blend of culture and energy," he mentions.

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Mark Mushiva 'Turbo Summation 1.0'

Mark Mushiva's pen shines once again in his new solo single "Turbo Summation 1.0.' He muses about a few issues and touches on a few narratives over an airy boom bap instrumental that teleports you to the golden era. Mark's raps are unpredictable because of his wide vocabulary and the versatility of his references.

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Sudan Archives 'Limitless'

Sudan Archives comes through with the striking music video for "Limitless," a standout track from her debut album Athena. The music video's director Femke Huurdeman mentions, ": "It's about opposite elements and how, as a person, you can feel torn between multiple feelings. It's not choosing one over the other, but it's about embracing we all have different layers, and once you know that, you can accept those complexities."

Read: Sudan Archives Is the Future

Gemini Major x Nasty C x AKA x Emtee x Tellaman x The Big Hash 'Right Now'

A remix for Gemini Major's Nasty C and Tellaman-featuring hit "Right Now" released in 2019 has been underway for several months. This morning, the artist finally shared the remix, titled "Right Now Reloaded." The remix three more stars AKA, Emtee and newcomer The Big Hash who each share outstanding verse. As is becoming usual, AKA's verse comes with a jab at another artist. Mega raps, "I need my pussy Maimane/ Do you remember iFani?" You may or may not know this, but AKA and iFani once clashed in what was one of the most hilarious South African rap beefs.

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MohBad x Naira Marley 'Komajensun'

Naira Marley and MohBad come through with the new music video for "Komanjensun." The uplifting tune sees Naira Marley and his newly signed Marlian Music artist going in over a head-nodding beat by Rexxie, The music video for "Komanjensun," which was directed by Naya Effectz, sees both Nigerian artists playing the part of students as they and their mates dance on a school bus.

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ByLwansta 'The Bike Song'

It's officially SPIJØNGET season. South African rapper ByLwansta's series of EPs is about to get a second iteration of its slates three. In "The Bike Song," ByLwansta recounts the tale of getting mugged in Joburg, which the rapper went through three weeks before the creation of the song in Berlin in August 2019 while he was on a residency program hosted by the Pop-Kultur Festival. The song was produced by German electronic music producer Robert Koch.

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Wande Coal 'Again'

Veteran Nigerian artist Wande Coal shares his latest single the heartfelt "Again," which his first track of 2020. The artist slows things down a bit for the mid-tempo track produced by Melvitto. He shows his versatility as he appeals to a lover who "makes his heart smile."

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King Perry 'My Darlina'

King Perryy has just dropped his first official single of the year titled "My Darlina". The track is a crisp and soulful Afrobeat track with plenty of bounce—the perfect addition to that (hopefully growing) Valentine's Day playlist. This year holds a lot of promise for Afro-dancehall musician King Perryy. The Nigerian artist's highly anticipated single "My Darlina" comes ahead of his Citizen of The World EP which is set to be released soon.

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K.O 'Flight School' feat. Sjava

From his 2019 album PTY UnLTD, K.O releases a new single, which he highlights with a new music video. The visuals for "Flight School" show performance scenes of the South African hip-hop star and his guest Sjava in what looks like a nature reserve. "Flight School" isn't a song about aviation. The message is loud and clear—before you can fly, you need to learn how to walk." Sjava is the perfect choice for a guest in a song that aims to motivate listeners and assist in making their journey to success a smoother one.

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Patoranking 'I'm In Love'

Patoranking delivers yet another single which sees him giving fans yet another glimpse into his more vulnerable side as an artist. His first official single of the year, "I'm in Love" is a serenading love song where Patoranking unashamedly declares his love for a girl. He details the lengths to which he'll go to show her just how much he loves her.

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Harrysong 'Bumbumbum' feat. Davido

Harrysong recruits Davido in this energetic, carefree and cheeky new track titled "Bumbumbum". The track is Harrysong's first official song of the year and is definitely a banger—take it from us. Produced by Twinbeatz, "Bumbumbum" is a playful track with an undeniably infectious beat. A clever use of onomatopoeia, the song just celebrates dance as a whole while making use of instrumentals which will have you wanting to "loosen up" and dance as Davido implores in his bridging verse.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA 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.

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The 16 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Lady Donli, Mdou Moctar, Boddhi Satva x Nelson Freitas, Shirazee x Saint Jhn, YoungstaCPT, Naira Marley 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.

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"Zion 9, 2018" (inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo rag)" by Mohau Modisakeng. Photo courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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Netflix Launches 'Netflix Naija' and Announces First Nigerian Original Series

Netflix is stepping up its game in Nigeria.

After much anticipation, Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria.

Yesterday, the streaming giant, which had been procuring Nigerian content throughout much of last year after acquiring Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart in 2018, announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a new Twitter account.

"N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood,"read the account's announcement tweet. "N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you're looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly...hello, Nigeria!"

The tweet was shared along with a photo of some of the Nigerian film industry's most notable actors and filmmakers, including Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Kunle Folayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli as well as veteran actors Ramsey Nouah and Richard Mofe-Damijo and several others.

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