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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 Sarkodie, DJ Spinall, Tekno 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.

Sarkodie "Gboza"

Ghanaian heavyweight rapper Sarkodie delivers some effortless flows over an electronic beat in his latest single "Gboza." If you're in NYC, catch him live with Runtown tomorrow night at Amazura—the two are sure to play their massive collaboration  "Pain Killer."

DJ Spinall "Olowo" ft. Davido & Wande Coal

DJ Spinall drops the music video to his all-star dance floor banger "Olowo" featuring Davido and Wande Coal. This new AdamsGud-directed video will kick you into weekend mode.

Stormzy "Cold"

Stormzy's debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, is an instant classic. The new grime star returned this week to drop the new music video for "Cold," one of the highlights from the LP. He also called out NME on Twitter.

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

Baba Ali "Cog in the Wheel"

The London-based NYC singer and producer Baba Ali builds an old-school groove into a heavily infectious low-tempo house single in "Cog in the Wheel." The track's featured on his debut EP, Nomad, which is definitely worth checking out.

Tekno "Rara"

Tekno just released his new music video for "Rara," a track in which he addresses the hardships that many Nigerians face. Check out the new Director Q-directed video above.

LBO "Business On The Low"

NYC-based Egyptian rapper LBO is on the come up. He links up with Tory Lanez producer Play Picasso for this dark and gritty banger, "Business On The Low"—a song that's not about settling or balling out, but rather hustling and surviving in our cutthroat climate, the MC mentions.

Allan Kingdom "Know About It"

The Minnesota-based Allan Kingdom delivers some highly-trippy pinkish-purple visuals for "Know About It," the lead single off his upcoming album Lines. Watch the new clip, directed by Cole Bennett.

Olamide "Journey of A Thousand Miles"

Olamide took the throne with his new album, The Glory. He celebrated his birthday earlier this week by releasing the music video for one of the album's stand outs “Journey of a Thousand Miles."

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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