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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

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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