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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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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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