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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best songs that we came across this week, featuring Sarkodie & Runtown, The.Wav, Legendury Beatz, Sinkane 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 the "Songs You Need to Hear This Week" in our new Apple Music curator playlist and read about the individual selections ahead.

Sarkodie and Runtown's "Pain Killer"

Fewer collabos could excite like one by Sarkodie and Runtown. Individually they command A-star ratings for quality and consistency and, as a tag-team, the result could only be magical.

“Pain Killer” is produced by T Spize, Runtown’s longterm collaborator, who made his first hit “Gallardo” as well as Davido‘s “Aye.” His beat for this banger is recognisably Ghanaian in how the percussion is syncopated and, even more pronounced, in the looped and slightly-pitched flute notes on the chorus. —Sabo Kpade.

Read our full review of "Pain Killer."

Afro-Trap collective The.Wav x Masterkraft

Afro-trap group The.Wav have a knack for writing songs that will soundtrack your weekends.

The L.A.-based collective links up with Nigerian producer Masterkraftwho's crafted hits for Flavour, Banky W and many others—for their new single "Proposition."

The new track, which we're premiering here today, blends elements of dancehall, afrobeats, and hip-hop into The.Wav's self-described "Afro-trap" sound.

Check it out "Proposition" below and grab it on Apple Music.

Check out the best songs of the week in our Apple Music playlist, updated every Friday:

Sinkane's Life & Livin' It

Life & Livin' It album cover photo by Shervin Lainez.

Sinkane's new album, Life & Livin' It, is out today. It's a much-needed dose of optimism.

‘Kulu shi tamaam’ is an Arabic phrase meaning ‘Everything is great!,” Gallab mentions. “Times are tough. Struggles have always existed in our lives. But hope, love and the power of positivity help us stay alive. It is what inspires me to wake up in the morning, make music, and, ultimately, connect with people.”

You should definitely check out and grab this album.

Legendury Beatz connect with Mr Eazi

Nigerian production duo Legendury Beatz, who've written hits for Wizkid, Wale, Tinie Tempah and many others, are readying the release of their star-studded Afropop 101 mixtape.

The tape will feature contributions from the likes of Wizkid, Timaya, Vanessa Mdee and Maleek Berry. "Hearbeat," the lead single from Afropop 101, sees the beat makers linking up with Mr Eazi for a head-nodding dancehall progression.

Check out the full track list for Legendury Beatz' new mixtape below, which is up for pre-order now.

Oumou Sangaré meets Tony Allen

Grammy Award-winning Malian singer Oumou Sangaré connects with afrobeat royalty and drumming legend Tony Allen for her new single "Yere Faga."

"Yere Faga" is the lead single from her upcoming album, Mogoya, which will be the singer's first material in 8 years.

“My music has never had this kind of arrangement and sound before. I’ve been totally in the tradition for years now so to get out of that and have a look around elsewhere was a total pleasure,” Oumou Sangaré mentions.

Stanley Enow's #PrayForMe

Cameroonian rapper Stanley Enow was inspired by the loss of his sister, Sylvie Enow, to write the bittersweet single "Pray For Me," a prelude to his second album which is due later this year.

The song's music video was filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa. Watch above to hear this "soulful trap tune," as Enow describes it.

Two new joints from Phyno, one with P-Square

Phyno dropped two new music videos for singles from his latest album Playmaker.

The first one, "Financial Woman," sees him joining forces with P-Square for a Clarence Peters-directed clip. The second single follows the difficulties of relationships and the bad decisions that can be made in "Mistakes."

Burna Boy's "Hallelujah"

And, finally, Burna Boy gives thanks for his blessings, his family, and for other artists like Shatta Wale and R2bees in his latest single "Hallelujah."

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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