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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."

Politics

#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.

The LGBT+ community in the West African country of Ghana is a fast growing group, but they are also highly marginalized. In recent times, the nation's LGBT+ population has faced increased backlash from members of Ghana's society who are opposed to the rights of the community. Many members of the community are forced to live secret or suppressed lives, as those who are open about their sexuality face discrimination and oppression in various forms and degrees, as a result of living in a society that lacks progressiveness and regard for basic human rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation.

At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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