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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

The best tracks of the week featuring Baloji x Saul Williams, Stromae, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, 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.


Follow our "Songs You Need to Hear This Week" playlist on Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of the selections ahead.

Lots of new Wizkid dropped

If you missed it, Wizkid dropped the music video for his new single "Come Closer," featuring Drake.

"We wanted something clean and sleek that showed little nuances of African culture without being too in your face about it. Something simple and stripped down,” video director Daps tells us—we're not sure why Drake isn't in it though.

In other Starboy news, Wizzy also hopped on two new remixes this week: the first is of Yxng Bane and Kojo Funds' "Fine Wine," the second is a revisit of South African artist KLY's "Scrrr Pull Up."

Stromae x Repetto

Belgian-Rwandan pop force Stromae announced a collaboration between his fashion brand Mosaert and French footwear company Repetto. He also dropped a new instrumental single, aptly titled "Repetto x Mosaert" to promote the new line.

We'll take what we can get from Stromae until he officially goes off his "music hiatus."

Baloji remix feat. Saul Williams, Well$ & Alec Lomami

Baloji's "Unité & Litre" is a sharp critique of the power and influence that cellphone companies (Unit = a mobile top-up) and alcohol industries (Litres) have on Congolese society.

The Congolese artist revisits the stand out track from 64 Bits & Malachite EP in this new remix featuring non other than Saul Williams, as well as Well$ and Alec Lomami.

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

Mr Eazi "Fight" feat. DJ Cuppy

Man of the moment Mr Eazi and DJ Cuppy connect in "Fight," an addictive song about putting in the work for someone's love which can be found on his Accra to Lagos mixtape.

In the single's new music video, Eazi and Cuppy search for each other in the streets of London to make things right.

Tuareg blues from Tamikrest

Tamikrest’s latest album, Kidal, is a Tuareg Blues love letter to their northern Malian hometown. Check out the group's video for "Wainan Adobat."

Iyanya's new EP

Iyanya’s Signature EP, his first release since joining Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, is a confident step forward. Read our review of the new EP here and watch the clip for "Up 2 Something."

Montess x Stanley Enow

Cameroon's Montess and Stanley Enow join forces for the Caribbean-influenced party track "DJ Play Ma Song."

Niyola's "The Word"

Finally, a throwback clip. Revisit Nigerian singer Niyola's piano-backed ballad "The Word," which is newly available on iTunes along with "Crazy," "Na You," and "My Prayer."

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.

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