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.
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.