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The Hustle: A Playlist of Anthems for Africa's Dreamers & Doers

This month at OkayAfrica we're celebrating Africa's dreamers and go-getters with the theme THE HUSTLE.

This month at OkayAfrica we're celebrating Africa's dreamers and doers with the theme THE HUSTLE. As DJ Khaled likes to say “they don’t want you to win.” But win we do. And this month's playlist is dedicated to all of you on your grind, making things happen.


Last month's playlist spotlighted Black women with a mix of Solange, Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah and more. This month's list features songs about the daily grind, as well as tracks to grind to starring the likes of Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Vanessa Mdee, Burna BoyDavido and many others.

Get the extended playlist, and much more, on OkayAfrica‘s Apple Music channel.

Nasty C "Hell Naw"

19-year-old Nasty C understands the South African hip-hop industry better than anyone, and he's quickly thriving because of it. "Hell Naw," off his highly anticipated debut album, Bad Hair, was easily one of the biggest South African songs of 2016, and it’s easy to tell why.

Tiwa Savage "Bad" ft. Wizkid

Nigerian star Tiwa Savage has been steadily killing it for years. Last year, she expanded her reach by signing a deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation. On "Bad," Tiwa links up with another Nigerian power force, Wizkid, for an all-around boss anthem.

Ray BLK "Patience"

Ray BLK—the British-Nigerian winner of the BBC Sound of 2017 and one of our U.K. Artists to Watch this year—talks about taking your time when trying to to make it big in the music world. Or, in any world, for that matter. The artist spoke to us about Black British womanhood here.

Reniss "La Sauce"

Before the phrase “I’ve got the sauce” started showing up in every other rap song and Instagram caption, Cameroonian singer Reniss made a knocking record that showed how much of it she already possessed. Throughout the track, the singer plays with the double entendre and innuendos of the phrase ‘la sauce’ in Cameroonian culture.

Stream ‘THE HUSTLE’ extended playlist on Apple Music.

Burna Boy "Yawa Dey"

Burna Boy has become one of the highest-buzzing acts coming out of Nigeria. In "Yawa Dey," he chronicles his rise to the top with the aide of a dancehall bass line and some striking city scenes.

AKA "The World Is Yours"

South African hip-hop heavyweight AKA gives a toast to handling your business and taking over the scene in his feel-good hustling anthem "The World Is Yours."

Vanessa Mdee "Cash Madame"

Vanessa Mdee's latest single 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 Tanzanian star mentions.

Kano "P's and Q's"

Kano talks about handling his money and product—"P's and Q's" here aren't just manners but pounds and quarter ounces—across London and the region in this classic grime hit.

Davido "Dami Duro"

"Dami Duro" translates to 'stop me.' Davido's breakout hit is a powerful, and highly-addictive, track about just that: not being stopped by anyone.

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Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

Check out his full Tiny Desk performance below, and revisit a recent Tiny Desk performance from British-Nigerian rapper Dave from last week and check out Burna Boy's okay acoustics performance of 'Anybody' from August.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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Wizkid, Anatii Win Big at BET Soul Train Awards Alongside Beyoncé

The Nigerian and South African artists, respectively, won soul train awards for their contributions to 'Brown Skin Girl."

Nigeria's Wizkid and South Africa's Anatii both earned BET Soul Train Awards last night for their contributions to Beyoncé's hit song "Brown Skin Girl."

The song, which is an ode to dark-skinned women, was one of the standout tracks from Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift. It earned the "Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award" last night during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Wizkid is featured on the track and has a writing credit, while Anatii is credited as a composer along with Michael Uzowuru, and others.

The song was also nominated in the "Best Collaboration Performance" category.

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