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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.

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Joseph Otisman and Cynthia Dankwa as Kojo and Esi. Photo by Ofoe Amegavie via 'The Burial of Kojo's' Kickstarter page.

'The Burial of Kojo' Is Ghana's First Golden Globe Entry

Blitz the Ambassador's debut film is being considered for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Blitz Bazawuke, also known as Blitz the Ambassador's critically-acclaimed directorial debut The Burial of Kojo is officially in the running for a Golden Globe nomination, making it the first Ghanaian film ever to be considered for a nomination.

The musician, writer and director took to Twitter on Friday to share the news along with a picture of the list of contenders for the Golden Globe's "Best Foreign Language Film" award, which also includes Senegal's Atlantics (which is also in the running to become the first Senegalese film nominated for an Oscar) and Malawi's The Boy Who Harnessed Wind. Ninety-five films from 65 different countries are being considered for nomination in the category.

READ: In Conversation: The Cast & Crew of 'The Burial of Kojo' On Representation, Power & Filming in Ghana

The mystical and visually striking movie, which premiered at the Urban World Festival in NYC last year, tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of its young protagonist Esi, played by Cynthia Dankwa. The film takes viewers on a surreal journey exploring family bonds and the complexity of life and death. "Usually movies about Africa are very dystopian, more about survival mode. We never get a chance to break down our people," the director told OkayAfrica in an in-depth interview last year. "We just end up with a war, and in a war you can't show nuance in family relationships—the film is about survival. The hardest thing to do is humanize a people that has little history in cinema. Hopefully this film brings father and daughter closer, especially back home."

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This Is What Afro Nation Festival Looked Like

The first edition of the urban beach festival—featuring Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, and many more—looked incredible.

Afro Nation had its very first edition over the weekend in the Algarve region of Portugal.

The newly-launched gathering brought together top talent from across Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, the U.K. and the U.S. for a 4-day long "urban beach festival."

Over its several days and nights, Afro Nation brought together afrobeats' rising stars with cemented legends for an impressive line-up.

The debut edition of Afro Nation boasted performances form the likes of Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, J Hus, D'Banj, Busy Signal, Buju Banton, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Jidenna, Maleek Berry, Stonebwoy, Vanessa Mdee, and many more.

If you missed the action we've got some of the best moments and pictures from the debut Afro Nation festival below.

Afro Nation will be hosting a festival in Lagoma Beach in Accra, Ghana in December 27-30. Get more info on Afro Nation Ghana here.

See some highlights from the first ever Afro Nation festival below.

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Photo by Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The Ndlovu Youth Choir Wins the Hollywood Music in Media Award

South Africa's favorite choir continues on its winning streak.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir continues to fly the South African flag high. Recently, the choir was awarded the Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of "Best Independent Music Video" alongside Grammy award-winning South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, for their Zulu rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You".

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Watch Ami Faku and Sun-El Musician’s Music Video for ‘Into Ingawe’

Ami Faku and Sun-El Musician share the visuals for their hit single 'Into Ingawe.'

Rising South African singer Ami Faku collaborated with the house music producer Sun-El Musician for "Into Ingawe" which was released in June. The song became an instant hit on radio and the internet.

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