The Songs You Need to Hear This Week
Featuring new African music from Burna Boy, Mr Msolo x Ami Faku, M.anifest and Lady Donli.
Every week, we highlight the top Afrobeats and African music releases through our best music column, Songs You Need to Hear.
If you like these African music lists, you can also check out our Best Afrobeats and Best Amapiano of the month columns, plus our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music.
Read ahead for our round-up of the best new African music tracks and music videos that came across our desks this week.
Burna Boy "City Boys"
Burna Boy has released the official music video for his fan-favorite track, "City Boys," featured on his latest album, "I Told Them." Directed by 20K, the video features a surprise cameo from Quavo. "City Boys" gained popularity, sparking a viral dance movement that even caught the attention of legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, who was seen learning the signature dance backstage.
Mr Msolo & Ami Faku "Needed Me" (Rihanna Remix)
Here's an amapiano remix of Rihanna that you didn't know you needed but will definitely be glad you caught. South African producer Mr Msolo and artist Ami Faku connect on this breezy rework of the Rihanna hit to bring the beats and bass of amapiano to the single and breath new air into the track.
M.anifest "50 YEARS freestyle"
Ghanaian top MC M.anifest comes through with a nostalgic journey through "50 YEARS" of hip-hop. In the track, the rapper re icons like 2pac, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, The Fugees, LL Cool J and the Wu-Tang Clan while weaving a dexterous ode to the genre we all love.
Lady Donli 'Pan African Rockstar'
Nigeria's Lady Donlihasreleased her second album, Pan African Rockstar. This twelve-track album showcases a newfound raw energy and boldness, exploring genres such as soul, Afro-fusion, and jazz. From the melodious notes of the title track "Pan African Rockstar" to the lyrical depth of "My Ability" and the jazzy vibes of "Comme Ci Comme Ca," the album exemplifies Lady Donli's ability to craft soundscapes that resonate with the growing Alte culture and nuance. Collaborations with heavyweight stars like Obongjayar and Kah-Lo further elevate the album's appeal.
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