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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.

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.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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