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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Ibeyi, Maleek Berry & 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.

Wizkid "African Bad Gyal" feat. Chris Brown

Wizkid has dropped the official version of "African Bad Gyal," his previously leaked collaboration with Chris Brown. The Sarz-produced single will be featured on Wizkid's upcoming Sounds From The Other Side, which you can pre-order now.

Oumou Sangaré "Kamelemba"

Malis' Oumou Sangaré never fails. Her new single, and its Chris Saunders-directed video, for "Kamelemba" is a stunning, varied interpretation of afrofuturism and “modern beauty,” the director mentions.

Mr Eazi "Short Skirt" feat. Tekno, Odunsi & more

Mr Eazi connects Ghana and Nigeria like no one else in Life Is Eazi Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos, easily one of our favorite releases this year. One of the highlights from that mixtape—"Short Skirt" featuring Tekno, Odunsi and others—gets the visual treatment.

Ibeyi "Away Away"

French-Cuban duo Ibeyi return strong with the vibrant new video and single, "Away Away." We shot an OkayAcoustic with the duo back in 2015, revisit it here.

Maleek Berry "On Fire"

Maleek Berry is still riding high from his outstanding Last Daze of Summer EP. In his latest music video and single for "On Fire," the songwriter/producer heads to Shitta, Surulere in Lagos.

Ray BLK "Doing Me"

Ray BLK's "Doing Me" is an addictive anthem for self-love. We previously spoke to BLK, one of our 10 UK Artists to Watch, about Black British womanhood and calling out homophobia.

Card On Spokes "Faded Pictures"

Here's one from South Africa. Card On Spokes sent over this hypnotizing live rendition of "Faded Pictures," a standout track from his As We Surface EP, featuring Bonj Mpanza and Robin Fassie-Kock.

Poirier "Dont Lie To Your Mama"

Poirier rolls through with this killer afro-house mix, Don't Lie To Your Mama. This one will definitely soundtrack your weekend.

Duduworx "Balls Of Fire"

Duduworx, a self-described "post-afrobeat" production and remixing collective fronted by Ade-Gboyega and Temi Oyedele, get into some deep grooves in the Balls Of Fire EP. The EP features some more dance floor-oriented remixes from Oyedele, also known as Afrologic.

DJ ECool "Give Dem"

Finally, Davido's man behind the decks, DJ ECool, drops the party jam "Give Dem," featuring Selasi and Danagog.

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

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The WAV 2019: 10 Artists Shaping the Future of South African Music

Welcome to the new wave.

It's here! Today we are launching OkayAfrica's first annual "South African New WAV"—our annual round-up of the most exciting young SA music artists.

For Youth Month, we've picked the 10 singers/rappers/producers who we think will define the sound of SA for years to come.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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