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The 4 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Check out the best tracks, videos, mixtapes and releases that came across our desks this week.

At the end of the week, we’ll be highlighting the creme of the crop in music and rounding up the best tracks, videos, mixtapes and releases that came across our desks throughout the last few days.


Check out this week’s selections below.

May D recruits Akon and Davido

Mister May D returns with his new single "Hustle," a catchy track built on sparkling keyboards and a booming beat. The Nigerian singer pulled out the big guns for this one, recruiting Akon and man-of-the-moment Davido to join him on the track.

May D shines with his on-and-off auto-tuned verse but, for our money, Davido has the best bars on this one. May D's people mention to Okayafrica that the single is "afrobeat meets trap" and will released on his forthcoming album.

The return of Baloji

Congolese-born, Belgium-based rapper & producer Baloji dropped some of last year's hand-down best music videos—a stunning love letter to the Congo and his politically-steeped Kinshasa dance video.

After some unfortunate label limbo, Baloji's now signed with Bella Union and is marking the occasion by sharing the throwback dance video for "Spoiler."

"[The video was] shot on film in Kinshasa with four generations of Congolese musicians, from Bakolo Music International (the late, great Wendo Kolosoy’s musicians) to Malage De Lugendo of the popular '70s band Zaiko Langa Langa, as well as singer Klody Ndongala who became famous in the '90s singing in La Vie Est Belle alongside Congolese star Papa Wemba," Baloji tells Okayafrica.

Kojey Radical's celebration of struggle

Kojey Radical is one of the London musicians redefining the Black British experience. The UK-Ghanaian spoken word artist and rapper drops yet-another completely stunning music video with "Gallons."

“‘Gallons’ is the kind of record I want played very loudly at my funeral,” Kojey Radical tells Dazed Digital, “It’s how I feel every time I see my brothers get stopped and searched or when I hear about another person of colour amount to nothing more than commemorative hashtag. ‘Gallons’ is a uniting of class, it’s a celebration of struggle. The conversation doesn’t die when you kill us. Seeds of positivity will ensure that the beauty in all our differences will come together and grow for future generations.”

Vic Mensa confronts police shootings

Vic Mensa's new video for "16 Shots," the latest single from his new EP There's A Lot Going On, sees the Chicago rapper tackling a sadly all-too-familiar subject nowadays.

The video follows Mensa as he's beaten, tased, and eventually shot by police officers. The Ace Norton-directed music video is spliced with dash cam footage of the shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police in 2014, the tragic event that inspired the song.

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Davido on stage (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

In Conversation: Davido Speaks on Nigerian and South African Unity, The Grammys and His 'Secret' Film Project (Hint: It's a Sequel)

While in South Africa, we met with Davido to talk about his album, ‘A Good Time’, Burna Boy's awards snub, and on 'trolling' fans

When South African and Nigerian artists got into heated exchanges during last September's xenophobic attacks, many wondered if the relationship between Nigerian artists and their South African fans would be forever damaged. Both Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy went on to pull out of several scheduled South African performances in protest and the "Africans Unite" concert, an attempt to bring everyone together, never materialized.

So it makes perfect sense that Davido, who refused to join the back and forth, is the first Nigerian superstar to make an appearance in the country since the ordeal.

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Listen to Harrysong and Davido's Playful New Single 'Bumbumbum'

Harrysong and Davido team up in this upbeat and carefree new track—the perfect way to enter the weekend.

Harrysong recruits Davido in this energetic, carefree and cheeky new track titled "Bumbumbum".

The track is Harrysong's first official song of the year and is definitely a banger—take it from us.

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In Conversation with Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas: 'This isn't a Black Bonnie and Clyde film—our stories are singular, they're ours.'

'Queen and Slim' lands in South Africa.

Melina Matsoukas and Daniel Kaluuya are everything their surroundings at the opulent Saxon Hotel are not—down-to-earth and even comedic at times. Despite the harsh lights and cameras constantly in their faces, they joke around and make the space inviting. They're also eager to know and pronounce the names of everyone they meet correctly. "It's Rufaro with an 'R'? Is that how you say it?" Kaluuya asks me as he shakes my hand.

Matsoukas, a two-time Grammy award winning director and Kaluuya, an A-list actor who's starred in massive titles including Black Panther and Get Out, have every reason to be boastful about their achievements and yet instead, they're relatable.

The duo is in South Africa to promote their recent film Queen Slim which is hitting theaters today and follows the eventful lives of a Black couple on the run after killing a police officer. It's a film steeped in complexity and layered themes to do with racism, police brutality and of course Black love.

We caught up with both of them to talk about just what it took from each of them to bring the powerful story to the big screen.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Installation view of Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2020, photography by Anna-Marie Kellen.

The Met's New Exhibition Celebrates the Rich Artistic History of the Sahel Region

'Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara' is an enxtensive look into the artistic past of the West African region.

West Africa's Sahel region has a long and rich history of artistic expression. In fact, pieces from the area, which spans present-day Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, date all the way back to the first millennium. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, a new exhibition showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, dives into this history to share an expansive introduction to those who might be unfamiliar with the Sahel's artistic traditions.

"The Western Sahel has always been a part of the history of African art that has been especially rich, and one of the things that I wanted to do with this exhibition, that hasn't done before, is show one of the works of visual art...and present them within the framework of the great states that historians have written about that developed in this region," curator Alisa LaGamma tells Okayafrica. She worked with an extensive team of researchers and curators from across the globe, including Yaëlle Biro, to bring the collection of over 200 pieces to one of New York City's most prestigious art institutions.

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