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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

New music from Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Joeboy, Tinariwen and more.

Every week, we highlight the top afrobeats and African music releases through our best music column, Songs You Need to Hear.

If you like these African music lists, you can also check out our Best Afrobeats and Best Amapiano of the month columns, plus our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music.

Read ahead for our round-up of the best new African music tracks and music videos that came across our desks this week.

Adekunle Gold x Zinoleesky “Party No Dey Stop”

Adekunle Gold - Party No Dey Stop ft. Zinoleesky (Official Visualizer)

Adekunle Gold shares “Party No Dey Stop,” his first release after signing with Def Jam Recordings. The vibrant single, which features fellow Nigerian Zinoleesky, is an up-tempo concoction reminiscent of the Agege neighborhood in Lagos, where Adekunle Gold and Zinoleesky grew up. In the record, both artists touch on themes of partying, grace, and having a good time.

Tiwa Savage x Ayra Starr x Young Jonn “Stamina”

Tiwa Savage, Ayra Starr, Young Jonn - Stamina (Official Visualizer)

Tiwa Savage is back, ladies and gents! This time around the star assembled some of the faves to bring fans the new single "Stamina." The amapiano-inspired tune features fellow Nigerian superstar Ayra Starr and record producer-turned-singer Young Jonn. The Magicsticks produced single comes via Empire records as Savage's first release of this year.

Tinariwen “Tenere Den”

Tinariwen - Tenere Den (Official Video)

Grammy-winning Tuareg band Tinariwen announced their new album, Amatssou, which isdue out out May 19 on Wedge, and a US tour. Alongside that announcement, the group shared Amatssou’s lead single, “Tenere Den.” A press release explains that the song “pays homage to the Tuareg revolution in the Kel Adagh region of Mali.” It’s accompanying watercolor-style animation video was directed by Alexis Jamet.

Joeboy “Body & Soul”

Joeboy - Body & Soul (Official Video)

Joeboy, released the music video for “Body & Soul," one of the tracks that will feature on his upcoming album. In the Perliks-directed music video, Joeboy takes fans on a journey to a rough neighborhood in Lagos, where he tells a story of getting a girl pregnant, and stepping up as a responsible father at the end of the day. The video depicts the story of a young couple navigating their way through the emotions of conceiving a baby, and highlights themes of love, loyalty and endurance.

MiD3 “Under G”

MiD3 (pronounced mee-day) is an emerging alternative singer and songwriter based in Lagos, Nigeria. He recently dropped the standout single “Under G,” a fusion of drill and afrobeats that sees the budding talent express his desire to rise from the underground to the top of the game.

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Joeboy Shares the Riveting Music Video For "Body & Soul"

Joeboy has shared the music video for “Body and Soul," which is peak into his new record.

Vocal sensation Joseph Akinwale, known professionally as Joeboy, released the music video for his latest song, "Body & Soul," one of the tracks included in his upcoming album.

The video, which is a Perliks-directed offering, is both riveting and emotional, with matching lyrics that underscore the overall meaning of the record. In the music video, Joeboy takes fans on a journey to a rough neighborhood in Nigeria’s Lagos. He tells a story of getting a girl pregnant and stepping up as a responsible father at the end of the day. The video depicts the story of a young couple navigating their way through the emotions of conceiving a baby and highlights themes of love, loyalty, and endurance.

Never one to shy away from telling poignant stories through his music video, Joeboy seems to lean into that pattern with his latest project.

While talking about the song, Joeboy said that the theme encompassed different aspects of love.

"The song is not just a love song in a romantic sense, it’s a song that encompasses all forms of love; love for yourself, love for family, and just being there for the people that you care about," Joeboy said.

Although he is a relatively new talent, Joeboy has established himself as one of Afrobeats' prominent voices, With over three billion streams and a loyal and growing fanbase. The “Sip” crooner shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Watch the video for “Body & Soul” below.

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