The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

These are the best songs that came across our desks this week, featuring Ray BLK, Wizkid, Dr Sid 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 all of the "Songs You Need to Hear This Week" in our extended Apple Music curator playlist and read about some of the selections ahead.

Ray BLK "Patience"

Ray BLK, the winner of BBC Sound of 2017 and one of our Black British artists to watch this year, celebrates Black hair salons—and Black womanhood—in her new music video for "Patience."

Samito "I Saw You"

Canadian-Mozambican artist Samito comes through with an afro-house tune about lost live with "I Saw You," a collaboration with Makiba.

The single's new music video, premiering here today, follows Samito, boombox in hand, as he follows his girls around the snowy streets of Montreal. Watch it above and make sure to catch Samito in Austin, he's one of The African Artists You Need to See at SXSW.

Praiz "Body Hot" ft. Wizkid

Nigeria's Praiz celebrated his birthday this week by releasing new remixes to two of his hits. In one of them he links up with Kenny Latimore to revisit "Heart Beat," but the true stand out is this heavily-addictive remix of "Body Hot" featuring the Starboy himself Wizkid. This one's a solid jam for the dance floor.

Stream our ‘Songs You Need to Hear’ playlist on Apple Music, updated every Friday.

Cassper Nyovest "Tito Mboweni"

South African hip-hop heavyweight Cassper Nyovest comes through with a hard-hitting banger in "Tito Mboweni," the latest single from his upcoming album, Thuto.

Riton x Kah-Lo x Mr Eazi x Davido

British producer Riton and Nigerian singer Kah-Lo—who were both nominated for a Grammy together this year—bring out two big guns, Mr Eazi and Davido, for the remix of their house tune "Money." Check out the track's lyric video.

Young Paris "F*uck Up the Place"

Young Paris rolls through with his Afro Warriors-produced new single "F*ck Up The Place." This one sees the Roc Nation signee going all in on the afrobeats sound he's been flirting with lately for a high energy tune.

Sinkane "U'Huh" live on Conan

Sinkane's new album, Life & Livin' It, is a weapon of hope and positivity crafted out of Sudanese pop and funk influences. The band, led by Sudanese-American songwriter Ahmed Gallab, made their national TV debut on Conan this week performing the new record's catchy lead single "U'Huh."

Dr Sid "We Up"

Dr Sid's latest single "We Up" takes his afro-pop style into modern electronic territory as he goes in over this Altims-produced party beat. Check out the veteran singer's lyric video for his new track above.

DNA "How Can" (Prod. by Don Jazzy)

Keeping things in the Mavin Records family, here's the new single from their brand new signees, DNA. The twin brother duo kick off strong with the Don Jazzy-produced jam "How Can."

Retro Zouk mixtape

And finally, the Paris-based DJ Tron, a co-founder of Radioclit/The Very Best, comes through with the second installment of his Retro Zouk mixtapes, which round up gems from this fast-paced carnival genre from the French Antilles.

"This music brings back a forgotten time, " DJ Tron mentions, "the Black Paris in the Eighties, where cosmopolitanism, cultural diversity and togetherness could actually be witnessed. The Benny Malapa directed 'Paris Black Night' cult documentary, which gave this mix its intro sample, is a crucial witness of that era. In those dark times, may Zouk show us the way to peace and happiness for all of us."


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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