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Weekend Burners: The Best Tracks & Music Videos Of The Week

Stream and download the best African music tracks and videos released that came across our desks this week.


Pixel art design by Egypt's Ahmed Mounir [via ADA]

In Weekend Burners we highlight our choices of the best African music tracks, videos, and mixes that came across our desks throughout the week. Get ‘em below straight from the Okayafrica bunker:

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Ghana Meets UK Grime: Mickey Lightfoot x Darq E Freaker ‘L.O.S.T’

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1973 Nigerian Psych-Rock Blo ‘Chapter One’

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Castro 'Toot Toot'

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kechPhrase 'The Kechstrumentals: Live From Nigeria, Tape 2'

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LargeUp Audio: Busy Signal’s Azonto Banger ‘Same Way’

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Ill Skillz 'Welcome To The Future'

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Noura Mint Seymali 'El Mougelmen'

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Sarkodie 'Bounce'

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Olugbenga x Studio Africa Mix for Dummy Mag

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Drake ft. The Weeknd 'Crew Love (Babel-Ish & W. Correia's 3AM Mix)'

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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