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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 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.

IYO and Diamond Platnumz' new joint

Nigerian singer IYO and Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz' join forces for their new collaboration, "Loving You."

The Masterkraft-produced single is a burst of energy propelled by dance floor-ready beats, over which both artists showcase their tendency for writing some solid pop hooks.

Check out the lighthearted, Mex-directed music video for the track above.

Vanessa Mdee's got the cash

Tanzania went in this week. Vanessa Mdee , who killed her set at our NYC Sauti Sol concert, comes through with her latest music video for "Cash Madame," a track produced by Nigeria's EKelly.

"This anthem is a declaration of Independence for all the hard working, forward thinking, thought provoking fly girls of the world and the men who are NOT afraid of a strong girl," the single's description reads.

The song's video, which was shot by Justin Campos, features all the flyings bills, acrobatic dances and robbery scenes that you can expect from a track called "Cash Madame."

Blitz the Ambassador's "Hello Africa"

Blitz the Ambassador dropped "Hello Africa," the latest leak from his upcoming Diasporadical album—from which we've previously seen the gorgeous video trilogy of "Shine," "Juju Girl" and "Running."

"Hello Africa" sees Blitz in travel-mode as he takes lyrical stops across Marrakesh, Kigali, Dakar, Lagos, Joburg, and more over this Optiks beat.

"I wrote this song while traveling around Africa this year" Blitz adds, "Almost every city I mentioned was from firsthand experience."

Alsarah & The Nubatones' NPR Tiny Desk concert

Sudanese singer Alsarah and her band The Nubatones brought their blend of East African retro pop to NPR's Tiny Desk concerts.

While there, the group was captured performing some hypnotizing and stripped-down renditions of tracks like "Ya Watan," "3roos Elneel," and "Fulani."

Alsarah's featured in our long read on 4 Artists From the New School of Sudanese Music, which you should definitely check out.

While you're at it, revisit Alsarah's 10 Things I Love About Sudan.

Style
Image courtesy of Daily Paper

Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


Image courtesy of Daily Paper

Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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