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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."

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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