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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Cassper Nyovest, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Darkovibes, Mannywellz, Prince Kaybee, 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.


Naira Marley x C Blvck 'Tingasa'

Nigerian artist Naira Marley shares his latest music video for 'Tingasa,' the opening rack from his latest EP Lord of Lamba (LOL). On the single—which also features his label mate C Blvk—Marley lays rapid and catchy lyrics in Pidgin and Yoruba over gritty dance production from star Nigerian producer Killertunes. The song is bold, energetic and features an infectious hook. The hazy music video, directed by K Somto, takes place mostly in a car garage packed with luxury vehicles and motorbikes, as well as several members of the Marley's crew.

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Afro B 'Amina' feat. Wande Coal & Team Salut

Afro B comes through with the new music video for the remix to "Amina," one of the standout joints from his latest Afrowave 3 album. The single, which now features Nigeria's Wande Coal and production duo Team Salut, sees the crew going in over some addictive beat work that's sure to soundtrack many future nights out. The new music video for "Amina," directed by Roland Gogo, follows Afro B and Wande Coal as they dance and celebrate in the streets while Afro B tries to capture a lover's attention.

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Cassper Nyovest 'Good For That'

Cassper Nyovest and his gang gyrate in front of luxury vehicles in the music video for "Good For That," Cassper Nyovest's latest single, his first in two years. The song was produced by Alie Keys and Tyler ICU. The two architects crafted a smoky trap banger for Nyovest to stunt on the game. He reminds of you such hard facts as: The silence from Cassper Nyovest was getting too loud for his fans and the rest of the South African hip-hop community. The superstar hasn't been releasing music for close to two years since the release of Sweet and Short, his fifth studio album.

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Blaq Jerzee x Wizkid 'Arizona'

Blaq Jerzee has just dropped his new collaboration with Wizkid titled "Arizona" along with the accompanying visuals. The Nigerian superstars are definitely hitting the ground running and setting the pace for what fans can expect music-wise this year. "Arizona" is a fun, mid-tempo banger which sees the duo's individual performances seamlessly flowing with one another. The visuals which are shot in the desert, have both Blaq Jerzee and Wizkid navigating sand dunes on quad bikes.

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Darkovibes 'Come My Way' feat. Mr Eazi

Ghanaian artist Darkovibes links up with Mr Eazi for his new banger 'Come My Way.' The track is the latest from the artist and features fiery production from KillBeatz. The song sees both artists urging a love interest to get with them instead if their partners have been acting up. The song features cheeky lyrics and a catchy hook. The Yaw Skyface-directed music video captures a good time as the artists and several fashionable people gather for an exclusive-looking party.

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Prince Kaybee x Shimza x Black Motion x Ami Faku 'Uwrongo'

Prince Kaybee, Shimza and Black Motion are South African house royalty. Their new song "Uwrongo" is a dream collaboration come true. "Uwrongo" features Afro soul newcomer Ami Faku, who carries the song with her effortless and polished vocals. The three producers laid down a mellow Afro house beat for Ami Faku's soulful vocals. The music is rich—guitar squelches and smoky pads dance around a bouncy rhythm.

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Mannywellz 'No More'

Nigerian-born, DMV-based singer and songwriter Mannywellz returns with his latest single "No More." The song is atmospheric and pensive, as the singer vows to never be hurt again in a relationship. As usual, the artist delivers a detailed blend of R&B, hip-hop and West African rhythms to create a melodic tune. He's released a stunning visual for "No More," directed by Samson Binutu. It features striking, dream-like imagery, with the artist performing in various colorful settings, including an old-school Benz decked out in lush greenery, and in front of a vividly colored pink and blue house.

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Mr Eazi 'Kpalanga'

Mr Eazi has just dropped his first official single of the year titled "Kpalanga". Produced by Killertunes, the mellow track is definitely the best way to close out the weekend and keep vibing to on repeat for a while. "Kpalanga" which translates to "go crazy" is a mid-tempo banger dedicated to Nigeria's servicemen and women. The track is reportedly inspired by the love between Mr Eazi's military father and civilian mother.

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Gigi Lamayne 'Jou Stad' feat. YoungstaCPT & 25K

Gigi Lamayne's latest single is "Jou Stad," a song that's rooted in the culture of repping your city through raps. The song comes with a catchy hook that makes it a potential street anthem. In the video for "Jou Stad," each rapper's performance scene was filmed in their hood—Gigi Lamayne is in Diepkloof, Soweto, while YoungstaCPT is in Wynberg, Cape Town and 25K in Atteridgeville in Pretoria.


Adekunle Gold 'Jore'

Nigerian artist Adekunle Gold is back with his first single of the year, "Jore," featuring Kizz Daniel. The artist stays true to form on the Pheelz and Major Banggz-produced track, delivering a calming love ballad with emotive vocals layered atop the song's mid-tempo production. The Nigerian artists sound crisp and in sync as they sing about love. The artist also shared an image of him and Kizz, which appears to be from a possible video shoot.

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Blaq Diamond 'Love Letter'

Blaq Diamond, the South African duo currently signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment just released their sophomore album, Umuthi, which is a follow-up to their 2017 debut album Inqola. The project features several guests across its 13 songs; the likes of Sjava, Cici, The Legacy, Igcokama Elisha and a few others all make contributions to the album. Previously released singles such as the video singles "Memeza," "Love Letter" and "Ibhanoyi."

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Ivory Blue 'Wole'

Newcomer Nigerian artist Ivory Blue comes through with his new single "Wole." "Wole means coming come, and in the song, I talk about the good things coming to my life," he mentions. Check it out above.

"Wole" is available now


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




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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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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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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

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