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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 Sampha, Vybz Kartel x Wizkid, Kendrick Lamar 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.

Wizkid x Vybz Kartel

Last month, Wizkid and Vybz Kartel dropped a banger in the form of their single “Wine to the Top.”

The music video for the dancehall-infused track arrived this week. Though it doesn’t feature either Wizkid or Vybz (naturally), the video stays fairly true to the lyrics, as it shows a group of girls “whining,” not only to the top, but in pretty much all directions.

Sampha's Tiny Desk Concert

Sampha's new album, Process, speaks to the necessity of vulnerable Black masculinity. The singer visited NPR's Tiny Desk Concert where he played stunning renditions of album standouts "Plastic 100°C," "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano," and "Blood On Me."

Konono N°1 x Batida

Congotronics meet Angolan rhythms in Konono N°1 and Angolan/Portuguese producer Batida’s collaborative album. A new video from the project for the highly-energetic "Yambadi Mama" dropped this week.

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

Kendrick Lamar "The Heart Pt. 4"

Kendrick came through and "handed out body bags," as Okayplayer puts it, with his new single, "The Heart Pt. 4."

The devastating track is rumored to be the first single from his upcoming album, which the rapper has hinted is coming April 7 (K.dot tells other rappers they have “until April 7th to get their sh*t together” on this new track). Listen to it on iTunes.

Legendury Beatz x Vanessa Mdee

Production duo Legendury Beatz master every shade of afrobeats in their latest mixtape, Afropop 101. They're joined by Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee for "Duasi," one of the catchiest, hip-hop-leaning club tracks on the mixtape.

 

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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