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Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz' "Wasted Energy" visualizers

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche 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.


WizKid 'No Stress'

Wizkid dropped his latest single titled "No Stress". And just as the name suggests, the track is a smooth and mellow number that is sure to have you kicking your feet up with ease. The also track comes ahead of the Nigerian superstar's long-awaited album Made In Lagos. Trust us when we say this sneak preview of the project is fire.

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Alicia Keys 'Wasted Energy' ft. Diamond Platnumz

Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz features on Alicia Keys' latest album titled, ALICIA. Platnumz' influence is clear as the song, titled "Wasted Energy," is a far cry from what is usually expected from the "If I Ain't Got You" singer. Taking cues and influence from reggae, afropop and the bongo flava that the Tanzanian star is known for, "Wasted Energy" speaks of a lover in a relationship with someone who intentionally ignores their needs and desires.

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Manu WorldStar 'Choko'

Manu WorldStar continues trailblazing with the latest visual release for hit single "Choko" off debut album Molimo. "Choko" music video portrays the hustle and bustle Johannesburg is known for. The video is simple, crisp and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit espoused by most inhabitants in Joburg, Berea which is the multicultural hotspot the artist grew up in.

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Maya Amolo 'I Know'

New York City-based Kenyan artist Maya Amolo has released visuals for her single "I Know," which is featured on her debut EP Leave Me At The Pregame, released in July. Amolo is known for her raspy vocals, soft melodies and thought provoking lyrics, all of which are present in the hit track. The powerful visuals are supported by even more powerful subject matter, as Maya sings about a past lover who did her dirty.

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La Dame Blanche 'La Maltratada'

Afro-Cuban artist La Dame Blanche returns with her new album, Ella, today—an homage to her mother and all of the women in her life. "La Maltratada," one of the new album's standouts, speaks against abuse, it's a song about "she who defends herself against abuse. My cry for all of the abused women of the world," La Dame Blanche explains. Get into it above.

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Akinyemi x Shane Garcia 'Selfish'

Queens, New York rapper Akinyemi comes through with a passionate head-nodder single in the form of "Selfish." The new track, which features a silky smooth chorus from Shane Garcia, speaks about self-care and the need to take one's interests first at times. "I don't feel like being selfish is a bad thing, especially these days," Akinyemi mentions. "We finally got a reason to look inward... We ought to live freely for ourselves more. Being selfish and caring for ourselves gives space for reflection which then allows us to be selfless or 'selfish for others.'"

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Rhamani 'Pepeni' ft. Dahlin Gage

Cameroonian-American artist Rhamani comes through with a dance floor scorcher in the shape of "Pepeni," featuring Dahlin Gage. This new one is just a taste of his upcoming Just Rhamani EP due soon. You're gonna have this one on repeat.

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Badi, Boddhi Satva 'Mauvaise Ambiance'

Badi and Boddhi Satva connect once again for the new electronic single "Mauvaise Ambiance." The single takes a direct approach at addressing many sociopolitical troubles around the world, touching on issues like the migrant crisis and U.S. policies over an infectious beat.

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Boyd 'Boys With Broken Hearts' EP

Ghana's Boyd shares his second EP, B.W.B.H (Boys With Broken Hearts). The 5-song release features production from NiiQuaye, Musical Lunatics, and Mmrbtz. "I like to think of this EP as a genre-fluid project," Boyd mentions, "down to how seamlessly it goes back and forth between English and Ga. It doesn't fit the Ghanaian commercial tag, but we are all trying to push the sound, inspire, and make a difference."

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Chyme 'Like Dat' ft. K-T3

Canadian-based Nigerian rapper Chyme makes music that he defines as 'Afro-twist.' The artist just dropped his latest EP, Acknowledgements, which showcases that blend of Nigerian and North American influences. Get into EP highlight, "Like Dat," 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.


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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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