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Best Music of the Week: Wizkid x Future, Ibeyi, Tiwa Savage & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Wizkid x Future "Everytime"

Wizkid finally dropped his highly-buzzed about collaboration with Future. The Shizzi-produced "Everytime" is a tad reminiscent of Starboy’s earlier single “Sweet Love,” and it's just as velvety. It was well worth the lengthy wait.

Ibeyi "Me Voy" ft. Mala Rodriguez

French-Cuban twins Ibeyi share the second single from their upcoming album, Ash. In "Me Voy," they connect with Spanish hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez for their first song entirely sung in Spanish.

Santi "Jungle Fever" ft Odunsi & Genio Bambino

Santi's genre-bending sound has been helping usher in a new Naija music wave. Him and Odunsi's  dancehall jam from last year, "Gangsta Fear," was easily one of our favorite songs of 2016.  The two artists connect again for the intoxicating "Jungle," which also features Genio Bambino.

Two big features from Tiwa Savage

The 'Queen of Afrobeats' herself, Tiwa Savage, popped up in two big singles. The first sees her link up with Mavin Records resident DJ Big N and Burna Boy for the head-nodder, "Anything." The second is "Pose," another dance floor-aimed single featuring DJ Xclusive.

Ice Prince x Olamide x Mr. Jollof "Owonikoko"

Ice Prince and YBNL head honcho Olamide recruit none-other-than Mr. Jollof for their highly-addictive new track, "Owonikoko."

Stonebwoy "Falling Again" ft. Kojo Funds

Ghanaian reggae-dancehall star Stonebwoy connects with Kojo Funds in the new music video for their joint single "Falling Again." Check out the WOWA-directed clip.

Nezi Momodu Seasons

Nezi Momodu, the Nigerian MC who we've called the queen of freestyles, has just released her 27-track project, Seasons. She describes it as "a journey through the Seasons of my life. Through the turmoil and the discovery, on the journey to self actualization."

TrapFunk&Alivio x Kashaka

Kashaka comes through with a potent blend of baile funk, trap, and afrobeats. "Tropa Do Jogador"  is a collaboration with Brazilian collective TrapFunk&Alivio, Bahiano rapper MC Sagat and Nigerian rapper Teekay Tha Newborn.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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