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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

These are the best songs that came across our desks this week, featuring Wizkid, Orchestra Baobab, May D and more.

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 throughout the last few days.


Check out all of the "Songs You Need to Hear This Week" in our extended Apple Music curator playlist and read about some of the selections ahead.

Wizkid drops another hit with "Sweet Love"

We can always count on Wizkid to come through with the dance-worthy party jams, but he doesn’t disappoint when he decides to slow things down a bit either.

With his latest single “Sweet Love,” he does just that and— simply put—the track is fire. In an interview with Beats 1 Radio, Wizkid explained that “Sweet Love” was inspired by his earlier hit “Ojuelegba,” which helps explain its dulcet, reggae-inflected sound.

May D's "Row Ya Boat" ft. Rock City

The last time we heard from May D, he was recruiting Akon and Davido for the "afrobeat meets trap" single "The Hustle." He goes full afrobeats on this addictive new party tune, "Row Ya Boat," featuring the duo Rock City.

Orchestra Baobab "Foulo"

Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab are readying their return—a decade after their last album came out and almost 50 years since their formation—with a new album, Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (due March 31). The album's lead single, "Foulo," continues their signature blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with West African influences.

 

Stream our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music, updated every Friday.

Sufyvn's "Dust" and Ascension EP

Khartoum-based producer Sufyvn had us hypnotized last year when he flipped Sudanese samples into some of the best hip-hop beats we've heard.

The Sudanese producer just released a new 5-track EP, Ascension, which takes his beats into much more haunting and experimental territory. It's well worth checking out in full over at his Bandcamp.

Legendury Beatz "Heartbeat" ft. Mr Eazi

Legendury Beatz master every shade of afrobeats in their new mixtape, Afropop 101. They dropped this new video for the release's lead single, "Heartbeat," this week. The track features Mr Eazi, who himself is connecting the Ghanaian and Nigerian music scenes like no one else.

DJ Moma & Guy Furious flip Ty Dolla $ign

Our fam DJ Moma has been dropping a steady stream of dance floor refixes alongside Guy Furious. In this latest one, the duo take DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign's "Lil Baby" into mid-tempo afrobeat bliss. Download it for free.

Yemi Alade "Marry Me"

Nigeria's Yemi Alade comes through with the new music video for "Marry Me," a Latin-infused highlight from her album Mama Africa.

J Hus "Did You See"

J Hus, one of our 10 Black British artists to watch in 2017, drops the new single "Did You See." It's a low-key banger.

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Watch Wande Coal & Wale’s World Class Visuals For ‘Again’ (Remix)

Video Premiere: The two music giants certainly landed a 'W' with this one.

Nigerian afropop heavyweight Wande Coal has teamed up with famed American rapper Wale for a remix of his hit track "Again," off of his newly released EP, Realms.

While "Again" has been around for a minute, there's nothing like dope visuals to get the fire burning again. And fans are on board. The hit single amassed over 30 millions streams, with a steady run on many African charts this year, and is sure to keep building on top of the already impressive accomplishments.

As is typical and unfortunate in our new world of socially distancing, the two weren't able to join forces and wardrobes for an epic collaborative video. Instead, Director Adasa Cookey's brilliance manifested itself into a short film.

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