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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Niyola, Cassper Nyovest, Efya, D'banj & More

These are all the songs you need to hear this week.

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.

Niyola "Where Is The Love?" feat. Adekunle Gold

Nigerian singer Niyola links up with man-of-the-moment Adekunle Gold for the soothing and serene "Where Is The Love?" It's a slow burner but the chorus still has that drum work to make you dance. The song is available now on iTunes.

D'banj "It's Not a Lie" feat. Wande Coal, Harrysong

Here's a superstar collaboration from Nigeria. D'banj connects with Wande Coal and Harrysong for "It's Not A Lie," a song that's basically about "the world feeling D'banj" and African music in general.

Efya "Until the Dawn"

Ghanaian singer Efya dropped the visual for "Until the Dawn," her sultry new single about, well, making love until the morning. The reggae-tinted track's produced none-other-than Maleek Berry.

Cassper Nyovest "Superman" feat. Tsepo Tshola

Father's day is coming up this weekend (call your dads people) and Cassper Nyovest has a new anthem which he says is "dedicated to all the super dads" out there. Check out "Superman," which features Tsepo Tshola, above.

DJ mOma & Guy Furious "Cyan Believe"

Our fam DJ mOma and Guy Furious keep the fire remixes coming with their afrostep take on Kranium, Ty Dolla $ign and Wizkid's summer jam "Can't Believe."

Nasty C "UOK"

Nasty C’s dedication to his mother is a tearjerker. The somber song sees the young rapper have a conversation with his late mother, and his penmanship is impressive as usual.

DJ Tunez "My Love" feat. Adekunle Gold

It feels like Adekunle Gold is everywhere these days. Him and DJ Tunez just dropped the lyric video for their addictive jam "My Love."

Phoenix “Ghetto Fabulous (7784 Interpretation)”

Kwaito star Zola inspired a lot of vernacular rappers in South Africa. More than a decade since he released his breakout single “Ghetto Fabulous,” Cape Town-based rapper Phoenix releases his trap interpretation of the kwaito classic, and it’s lit, with a Cape Town swagger and a face-contorting bass line.

Tendaness “Love Me” ft. Velemseni & Bholoja

We are totally here for these genre-bending collaborations Swazi DJ and producer Tendaness is putting out. This one sees jazz artist Velemseni and soul singer Bholoja flexing over an EDM banger, and it works.

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba "Mbolo (Unity)"

Finally, check out this potent blend of the kora with blues, funk and rock in Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba's "Mbolo (Unity)," which is available now.

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

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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