Featuring MHD, Buju, Ibeyi x Pa Salieu, Ice Prince x Ckay, Ladipoe x Fireboy DML and more.
Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.
Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.
MHD, France's king of 'Afro Trap,' shares the new visuals for yet another banger from his latest album, Mansa. "Sagacité" showcases MHD doing what he does best: going in with bars and rhythmic dexterity over a highly-addictive and danceable beat.
Buju 'Never Stopped'
Nigeria's buzzing Buju drops the new music video for his tune "Never Stopped." The Timi Jay-produced afro-fusion track was one of the standouts from his recent Sorry I'm Late project which featured appearances from The Cavemen as well as production from Rexxie, Denzl, Perlz, and Steph.
Ibeyi 'Made of Gold' feat. Pa Salieu
Afro-Cuban, French twins Ibeyi return with "Made of Gold," the first taste we get from their upcoming third studio album. The new track and striking music video sees connecting with Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu. "'Made of Gold' is about connecting to our ancestors' knowledge, to the truths of the past and the power of the ancient. The line is not broken, nor is it lost," Ibeyi explain.
Here's one from Ghana's alternative soul scene. Boyd comes through with a head-nodder in the shape of "Lost," which blends R&B and afropop elements into a captivating jam. "Lost is about reminiscing over heartbreaks and relationships, remembering what happened, how things turned sour, but also how to deal with these situations, coping with the darkness," the artist and his team tell us. Get into it above.
Ice Prince x Ckay 'Shakara'
Nigerian rap legend Ice Prince and connects with the viral emo-afrobeat star Ckay for this new one "Shakara." The ballad-style song, built on light guitar work and an addictive afro-fusion beat, is sure to make it on your romantic playlist.
LADIPOE 'Running' feat. Fireboy DML
Ladipoe connects with Fireboy DML for the booming track and visual for "Running." The video follows his recent Providence EP, with featured collaborations with Rema, Amaarae and more.