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Best Music of the Week: Wande Coal, Tiwa Savage, Major League Djz, Kah-Lo & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music 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.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Tiwa Savage's Sugarcane EP

The Queen of Afrobeats is back with an infectious and impressive 6-track EP that's well worth your time. We talked to Tiwa Savage about the EP, having Chris Martin as a fan, motherhood and more in a new interview here.

Wande Coal "Oh No No"

Wande Coal follows up his massive hit "Iskaba" with the reggae-dancehall influenced "Oh No No." The CheekyChizzy-produced new single sounds like it has the potential to become another big one.

Major League Djz x Patoranking x Riky Rick x Kly

"Do Better," the big collaboration from South Africa's Major League Djz with Nigerian dancehall act Patoranking, SA star rapper Riky Rick, and Kly, gets the visual treatment.

Kah-Lo "Fasta"

Kah-Lo, who earned herself Grammy-nomination earlier this year for her track with Riton, comes through with another 90s-vibe house track and video with "Fasta."

Oluwole

We somehow missed a few incredible jams from Nigeria's Oluwole earlier this year but have been making up for lost time by playing catchy tunes like "Kamari" featuring Jesse Jagz, "Nagode," and "Gbabe" over and over. Purchase them on iTunes.

Shaydee x Wizkid

Shaydee enlists none-other-than Wizkid for his latest single, "Make Sense."

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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