Audio

Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Davido, Olamide, RedRed & 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.

Davido "Fall"

Davido returns strong with the new music video for "Fall," in which the star singer claims he doesn't want to be a player no more and reveals his friends call him Cristiano, Mr. Ronaldo. This one's sure to be another hit. The music video was directed by Daps, the man behind a lot of your favorite videos.

Olamide "Wavy Level"

Nigerian superstar Olamide rolls through with "Wavy Level," a laidback and addictive jam about his state of mind and status in life: 🌊🌊🌊.

RedRed "Sisimbo"

Ghanaian-Hungarian duo RedRed just released the stunning, Sri Lankan-shot music video for "Sisimbo." Featuring M3NSA's (of FOKN Bois) soaring vocals and ELO's uplifting production, this one's not to be passed on. Grab the single here.

Fifi the RaiBlaster “Timbuktu_sirius B”

Fifi the Raiblaster is the embodiment of afrofuturism. The South African singer's music, rich with spirituality and references to astrology, is not of this world. “Timbuktu_sirius B” is another instance of Fifi and her producer Kanif’s brilliance.

2Baba "Holy Holy"

2Baba drops a heavy music video for "Holy Holy," his latest reggae-inflected single which has been rising in the charts. Watch above as cars burn and mobs throw stones at 2Baba in this Clarence Peters-directed video.

Trap Funk & Alivio

This one's a banger. "Prose unie" ("Prose united" in French) is a head-nodding global collaboration between Brazil's Trap Funk & Alivio featuring Lesotho's Morena Leraba and the Paris-based Lunik Grio.

AliThatDude “AeonFlux”

AliThatDude, a third of the Namibian rap crew Black Vulcanite, released a solo mixtape towards the end of 2016 titled Strangers Thing Have Happened (don’t sleep on it). “AeonFlux,” the latest video single from the release, and it packs some serious heat.

Una Rams “Nobody”

Una Rams is a problem. His latest video single “Nobody” is a somber love song that sees the South African deliver his versatile verses with some sprinkles of raga. It's simple yet addictive.

Julius Kima "Only You (Nakupenda)"

Julius Kima drops a soothing and beautiful love song in "Only You (Nakupenda)." Watch the track's new music video above and grab the single here.

Eli & Alex Wondergem "Sunday Morning"

Ghanaian singer Eli and Alex Wondergem link up for the joyful "Sunday Morning," a standout off their new Buying Our Freedom project, which label Akwaaba Music states "touches the subjects of Ghana, self-love, cannabis, not giving a fuck and what it means to be a ‘hueman.’"

A Pass "Sugar Girl"

Ugandan pop crooner A Pass delivers a sweet song to his main squeeze in "Sugar Girl," check it out above and purchase the song here.

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

Interview

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.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.