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Artist Playlist: Sarz

Having worked with the likes of Wizkid and Drake, Sarz is one of the biggest afrobeats producers out right now. Listen to his exclusive playlist for OkayAfrica.

Sarz is the man behind some of your favorite tracks.

He was the one who produced "Come Closer," the huge collaboration between Wizkid and Drake from Sounds From The Other Side, and has worked on countless hits for Starboy—"Sweet Love," "Jaiye Jaiye," "Beat of Life," "African Bad Girl," and "Sound It," to name a few.

He's also lent his production skills to several singles from many of afropop's biggest names, including 2face Idibia, M.I, Skales, eLDee, Banky W, and Niniola.

We caught up with the Nigerian super producer for our latest Artist Playlist, for which he decided to highlight the songs he wishes he'd produced.

Check out the new Artist Playlist: Sarz below and on our Spotify and Apple Music channels.

Collie Budz "I Got You"

Sarz: This song got me through the summer. Love it!

Skrillex & Rick Ross "Purple Lamborghini"

Sarz: If there's anyone in the world that I don't understand how he does it, it has to be Skrillex!

Tracy Chapman "Baby Can I Hold You"

Sarz: This song makes me feel vulnerable lol.

Drake "Controlla"

Sarz: This smash sounds like something I would do and I wish I did it lol

Michael Jackson "Liberian Girl"

Sarz: This is just pure vibes. The beat?!?! Omg!

Wizkid "Shabba" ft. Chris Brown, Trey Songz & French Montana

Sarz: This song tormented me even before it was out. It made me ask myself: "What are you doing with your life Sarz?!"

Shabba Ranks "Housecall" ft. Maxi Priest

Sarz: No words. I forget the world when this song is on.

D'banj "Oliver Twist"

Sarz: The production on this is brilliant! It's Don Jazzy again!

Dua Lipa "New Rules"

Sarz: I love this. I totally wish I did this.

Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

Sarz: This is such a tune and also very creative.

Listen to Sarz' Artist Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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Michael Brun's Zouk & Konpa Starter Kit Playlist Is a Must-Listen

Michael Brun picks a fire selection of new and classic tracks from Haiti, Guadeloupe and the Caribbean exclusively for OkayAfrica.

Michael Brun is on a mission to push a contemporary Haitian sound forward through his music, while waving its iconic flag proudly.

That can't happen without knowing one's music history. The Haitian-born artist touched base with OkayAfrica to give us an introduction to the zouk and konpa tracks that laid the foundation of the fresh sounds coming from that genre out of Haiti, Guadeloupe and across the Caribbean.

Brun also dropped a funky, new single featuring Brooklyn-based Nigerian artist Kah-Lo: "Spice." You can take a listen here.

Dig into our latest Artist Playlist—Michael Brun's Afro-Caribbean: Zouk & Konpa Starter Kit—on our Spotify and Apple Music channels below.

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Listen to Yemi Alade's Afrobeats Playlist

Curated exclusively for OkayAfrica.

Yemi Alade is Nigerian music royalty.

The star singer and self-proclaimed Mama Africa has been consistently delivering hits since her debut album, King of Queens, came out back in 2014. She's also the queen of videos, as her clip for hit single "Johnny" is the most watched Nigerian music video on Youtube.

Yemi, who released her highly-anticipated new album Black Magic last December, will be bringing her sultry and powerful vocals to NYC for our very own Mzansi Heat and Naija Beats concert at Lincoln Center on August 2. You should RSVP now for the FREE concert which will also feature DJ Maphorisa and DJ Tunez.

Ahead of the show, we got Yemi Alade to handpick this new, exclusive Artist Playlist, which includes some of her latest and best songs, as well her favorite afrobeats tracks from the likes of Soti, Wande Coal, Wizkid, 2Baba and more.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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