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: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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