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The 6 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.

Joey Le Soldat's beautiful Kampala video for "Travell"

It's been a minute since we've heard from Joey Le Soldat, the Burkinabé rapper who released one of our favorite music videos of 2014.

The MC comes back strong with "Travell," a dizzying and head-nod-inducing new single produced by Redrum. Its accompanying music video, which we're premiering here today, takes things to Uganda and features some beautiful aerial shots of the sprawling city of Kampala.

"It's true that for so many years we have been deported from our land to be sold as sheep, to be sold as chickens, so they fought big cities, big economies to our detriment. Yes, our past will not be changed, but we can change our future. Change our tomorrows. Africa Wake Up!," Joey Le Soldat raps in his new single.

Check out the video for "Travell," directed by Moja Reeves, above.

Ethiopian R&B singer Mélat returns with MéVen

Album cover for Mélat's MeVen.

Texas-based Ethiopian singer Mélat first caught our attention with her hazy and seductive pop compositions last year.

The singer's now dropped her 11-song debut album, MéVen—a collection of personal and modern R&B songs that explore several angles of her Ethiopian heritage (it also features her first full song in Amharic).

Check out two of the album's standouts "Konjo," featuring Xavier Omär, and "Sit Down" alongside Sylvan Lacue below. Hear MéVen in its entirety on Spotify and Apple Music. It's well worth it.

Wizkid links up with DJ Maphorisa and R2bees

The "real Starboy" Wizkid has been pretty active throughout a week that's seen a lot of talk about another "Starboy."

First up, Wizkid linked up with South Africa's DJ Maphorisa for "Good Love," a catchy new collaboration about a special lover built on booming bass hits and piano loops. The two stars had previously gotten together for "Soweto Baby."

Secondly, Wizkid connects with Ghana's R2bees for the Legendury Beatz-produced "Tonight." The stronger of the two new tracks, this one sees the Ghanaian duo and Starboy delivering another potential hit and—definitely—one for the weekend's dance floors.

Mafikizolo's "Kucheza"

Speaking of DJ Maphorisa, he helped produced this latest jam from fellow South Africans Mafikizolo.

"Kucheza" is a vibrant collaboration between the South African pop duo, which features writing from Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee and KlyIt's about still longing for someone the morning after a night out, losing control.

Awaken, My Love!

Awaken, My Love! album cover.

Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover threw everyone a (welcomed) curveball with the release of his funk-infused album Awaken, My Love!

We'll quote Questlove's Instagram post on this one, "Jesus Christ the co-author of #WearwolfBarmitzvah just SONNED the shit outta me. In the best way possible. I was NOT expecting a trip to Detroit circa 1972 at United Sound Studios. I haven't written or been stunned by an album I wasn't expecting since that time I got an advance of #BackToBlack. The music is so lush man, I can see the kaleidoscope color mesh of the #Westbound logo. Dude I can't curb my enthusiasm."

The album's cover art is striking too. It was shot by NYC-based photographer Ibra Ake and features Kenyan model Giannina Oteto, as well as lighting from Brad Ogbonna.

Glover's had quite a year with this and the success of Atlanta.

Luci Monét & Mista Silva's East London afrobeats anthem

East London's Luci Monét links up with Mista Silva for this addictive new afrobeats tune, "Ijo."

Luci Monét mentions: “the title ‘Ijo’ means dance, and although the song tells a love story, I didn’t want that to be the main focus, I wanted the dance aspect of the record to take a lead role. Being of Nigerian descent, our music is very much about dancing, from the rhythm to the melodies, and it means a lot to me, to be able to showcase that side of my background and roots.”

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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