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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.

Interview

Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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