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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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