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.

Mazi Chukz premieres If Not Now

British-Nigerian artist Mazi Chukz has a knack for writing ear worms. He'd previously caught our attention with the infectious "Dem Hail," alongside Maleek Berry.

The singer is now dropping his brand new EP, If Not Now, here today. The release runs through seven tracks that seamlessly blend 808 beats with afropop, dancehall, kizomba and, even, Latin American-inspired guitars. If Not Now also boasts contributions from L.A.X, Kojo Funds, Dylema, and Shay La Rose.

“This EP is everything to me, it’s been a long time coming and I'm very proud of the work," mentions Mazi Chukz. "Putting everything together hasn't been easy, there has been roadblocks, doubters and self doubt. However I kept pushing myself to create, I felt that I hadn't shown enough of what I can do.”

Get down to If Not Now below.

Omo Frenchie's "Makelele" remix

Here's another heater from London. Congo-born, UK-based afrobeats artist Omo Frenchie steamrolls through with this new remix to his single "Makelele."

The "Makelele" remix follows in the vein of Frenchie's previous hit "Celé," blending a catchy vocal hook into this dance floor jam's backbone. He's joined by K Weezy and Jaij Hollands of Iray Movement on this new version of the track.

Stanley Enow's new soccer rhythm

Cameroonian star Stanley Enow kick starts his "Afro Series" with his high-energy single "Follow Me."

"It is an Afro and very festive song with a soccer rhythm making it very appealing to celebrate victory," Enow mentions. It's also dropping just days ahead of the Female African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

For more from Stanley Enow, check out his 10 Things I Love About Cameroon.

Lola Rae and Davido connect for "Biko"

Lola Rae recruits none-other-than Davido for this "epic love story shot in the historic town of Epe," their team mentions.

"Biko" sees both singers serenading each other over a reggae-tinted beat. The production is on-point, but the real stars here are the dance moves being thrown down in this new music video.

Davido's been big on the collaborations lately, most recently dropping a huge tune with Tinashe.

Check out "Biko" above.

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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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