Weekend Playlist: Adekunle Gold, Vanessa Mdee, DJ Tunez & More

Here's the best songs of the week featuring Adekunle Gold, Vanessa Mdee, DJ Tunez, Juls and more

DIASPORA—At the end of every week, we highlight the creme of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a Weekend Playlist for you.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlist on Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

Adekunle Gold "Only Girl"

Adekunle Gold and Moelogo, two of the most promising artists coming out of Nigeria, team up for "Only Girl," a track that's currently riding high in the Nigerian music charts.

The single, produced by Lekaa Beats, rides some shiny guitar lines into pure magic. We'll definitely be adding this one to our wedding playlist.

DJ Tunez "My Love"

DJ Tunez, the man responsible for holding down the decks for Wizkid, drops "My Love," his first release of 2017.

The new track sees Tunez joining forces with Adekunle Gold (the man is everywhere) and Del'b for a West Africa-meets-global pop concoction. "The song is [about] going anywhere for love once you find it," he mentions.

Juls' Leap of Faith

Juls, one of our favorites producers and DJs in the game, just dropped his new Leap of Faith EP.

The impressive 9-track release features collaborations with a who's who of the hottest names around right now including Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, L.A.X, Odunsi, Kojey Radical, and more. Grab the EP here.

Vanessa Mdee's "Cash Madame"

Tanzanian star Vanessa Mdee's “Cash Madame" is a certified hit.

Produced by E Kelly, the singer has mentioned that the single "is a declaration of Independence for all the hard working, forward thinking, thought provoking fly girls of the world and the men who are NOT afraid of a strong girl."

Revisit the hit track above and check out Vee Money's other standout singles—"Niroge," "Never Ever," and "Hawajui"— which are all newly available on iTunes.

Tetu Shani x Jinku "The Void"

Tetu Shani connects with EA Wave producer Jinku and guitarist Fadhilee for this fusion of Nairobi-bred folk, electronica and hip-hop.

"The Void," which we're premiering here today, is about "that empty blackness that fills the soul when someone is living a life that isn't theirs to live, " Shani mentions, "it's the reality that so many young people are living when they're told to choose the career path that will make them successful instead of pursuing passion."

Stream it above and stick around for the hip-hop break down in the middle.

AKA "Caiphus Song"

Taking things to South Africa, star rapper AKA released the music video for his latest electro-pop influenced love song "Caiphus Song."

Burna Boy "Hallelujah"

Shortly after bringing out Jidenna and Swizz Beatz for his first ever New York City concert, Nigerian dancehall star Burna Boy comes through with the new clip for his early 2017 single "Hallelujah." Check it out above.

Krizbeatz x Davido x Tekno

Buzzing Nigerian producer Krizbeatz links up gets two Nigerian heavyweights, Davido and Tekno, for his new joint "Erima." The single is from Krizbeatz upcoming Producer EP, due later this year.

WurlD "Mother's Prayer"

Lastly, and just in time for mother's day this weekend, ATL-Nigerian WurlD drops the celebratory "Mother's Prayer," produced by Shizzi.

Follow our 'Songs You Need to Hear' playlist on Apple Music for weekly updates of new music.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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