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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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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Juls, Busiswa, Davido, Nasty C, Olamide, Ethic, Bobi Wine and more

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 our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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