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 every 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.

Booba heads to Dakar

French rap superstar and veteran Booba pays homage to his Senegalese roots in this stunning music video for "DKR."

The track blends a chopped-up kora melody with 808 bass and drums for a head-nodding dose of West Africa-meets-French hip-hop. The rapper travelled to Senegal to film this beautiful music video for the single, which follows him from neighborhood soccer games to the Senegal's Pink Lake.

Alicia Keys' intimate acoustic set

Keeping with the French theme, Alicia Keys was filmed by La Blogothèque for a "Take Away Show" in Paris, where she played an intimate show for 100 people.

Accompanied by her bassist and herself on piano, Keys ran through songs like “You Don’t Know My Name,” “In Common,” “Hallelujah,” and “The Gospel.” On “She Don’t Really Care,” Keys belts out lines like: "She lived in Somalia, her parents from Egypt, she was a queen in Cairo," in between bepop improvisations.

The whole performance is pretty magical and something to hold us over while we wait on that Wizkid collaboration.

Davido & Nasty C are the "Coolest Kid(s) in Africa"

Davido linked up with South Africa's Nasty C for "Coolest Kid in Africa," one of the highlights from the Nigerian star's Son of Mercy EP. The single's new video is as lively as its beat work and features the two MCs delivering their rhymes from spinning gusheshes.

Our contributor Sabo Kpade broke down some of the lingo of the song in his review, It’s Pop, Not Afro-Pop: On the Impact of Davido’s ‘Son of Mercy,’ which you should definitely check out:

Words and Meaning

‘Iyawo’ – wife (or simply girl in this instant)

‘Owo’ – money

‘Jamo’ – Jamaica.

serpentwithfeet's haunting new video

We've been following Josiah White aka serpentwithfeet's output ever since his collaboration with Spoek Mathambo and DJ Spoko's Fantasma project. Serpentwithfeet's new music video for "Four Ethers" is deeply honest and hauntingly beautiful.

serpentwithfeet previously spoke with Okayafrica about the "Four Ethers," mentioning that the song "is inspired by my own story and also by the beautifully difficult men I have been involved with romantically. I often think about how black men are encouraged to be elusive as a means to maintain some sort of leverage in relationships. We have been taught to tuck away our sadness and longing and regret and that is so lame to me."

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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