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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Kranium, Yemi Alade, Awilo Longomba x Tiwa Savage, & More

The songs you need to hear this week.

DIASPORA—At the end of every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a Weekend Playlist for you.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every Friday and read about some of our weekend selections ahead.

Kranium "Can't Believe" ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Wizkid

For our money, "Can't Believe," Jamaican singer Kranium's infectious collaboration with Ty Dolla and Wizkid should be a heavy contender for the anthem of the summer. The single just got a new music video, which all three stars make appearances in.

Yemi Alade "Charliee"

Yemi Alade comes through with one of the best videos we've seen this year so far (too bad it didn't come out before we published this list). Watch the popping visual for "Charliee" above.

DJ Spinall x Mr Eazi

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DJ Spinall and man-of-the-moment Mr Eazi link up for this new fire dance tune, "Calm Down." Sounds like these two have a hit in their hands. Grab it on iTunes.

Awilo Longomba x Tiwa Savage

Congolese star Awilo Longomba links up with the queen of afrobeats, Tiwa Savage, in the new music video and single for "Esopi Yo."

E.L "Abaa"

Ghana's E.L drops the sleek, black-and-white visual for his seductive new single, "Abaa."

Mr Eazi "Tilapia" ft. Medikal

Mr Eazi and Medikal are both fishermen in the new video for "Tilapia," the latest single off Eazi's excellent Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 - Accra to Lagos mixtape.

DJ LAG Trip to New York EP

DJ LAG’s latest EP, which he released via WhatsApp, is a perfect soundtrack for the weekend. The deejay’s fast-paced three tracks will turn your house into a club with bass-heavy house tunes that have sporadic repetitive chants as per usual gqom fashion.

Ajebutter22 "Ghana Bounce"

The Nigerian-Ghanaian musical conversation continues strongly in Ajebutter22's latest single "Ghana Bounce." Check out the well-crafted visual for the track above.

Brian Simba "Gambe"

Tanzania's Brian Simba rolls through with a head nodder in "Gambe," a new heater released by Vanessa Mdee's Mdee Music. You can download the song here now.

Mimi Mars "Dedee"

Keeping things in Tanzania and the Mdee Music family, Mimi Mars drops the dancehall-influenced pop concoction, "Dedee." Buy the new single here.

Chad Saaiman “Belief”

The Cape Town singer’s latest single “Belief” is a light-hearted 80s pop-inspired song that has summer written all over it.

Moulaye Epik

Senegalese rapper Moulaye flexes heavy with his new 8-track album, EpikGrab the new LP here for a potent dose of Francophone bars.

K.O “No Feelings”

South African rapper K.O, who recently signed to SONY Music Entertainment Africa, releases his first single under the label. “No Feelings” is fire flame emojis, and sees Mr Cashtime in his best shape, with vicious lines that will intimidate his competitors. Listen here.

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

Malian group Trio Da Kali and string ensemble Kronos Quartet are set to release their debut collaborative album Ladilikan in September. Watch the hypnotizing rain dance video for album single "Eh Ya Ye."

Watermark High Everything is Grey

Johannesburg-based electronic music producer Watermark High’s latest EP is a collection of moody songs that will make a great listen for a road trip or a weekend indoors. The 5-track EP consists of warm textured ambient production.

Big Star ft. Priddy Ugly & Frank Casino “No Rush”

Three of the most exciting new South African hip-hop acts have just released this scorcher of a collaboration. Over a droning bassline the three emcees deliver smooth sixteens while Big Star keeps the song exciting with a sung hook.

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

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Best Music of the Week: Runtown, Davido, Vanessa Mdee & 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.

Runtown "Energy"

Runtown makes a strong return with "Energy," a track that plays like it could be another smash hit for the Sound God. The new single sees him link up with frequent collaborator and beat maker Del'B, who also produced "Mad Over You."

Davido "Like Dat"

Davido's been on a hot streak this year with "If," "Fall," "FIA," and several other drops. He continues that untouchable form with the Shizzi-produced new single "Like Dat."

Vanessa Mdee "Bounce"

Vanessa Mdee's 'Bounce' will jump start any playlist. The Tanzanian star and all-around boss is back with another hit track featuring Maua Sama and Tommy Flavour. "Bounce" is available now across all platforms from Okaymusic.

Praiz "Show Me Love"

X3M Music's star vocalist Praiz drops "Show Me Love," a highly-addictive tune tailor made for end of year festivities.

Nu Fvnk & Hiribae "254 Dip"

East African Wave's Nu Fvnk and Hiribae are onto something wild with this new track. The stuttering beat will have you in a complete trance as the artists rep for Kenya (+254 is the country's calling code). "254 Dip" is available across all platforms now.

Maleek Berry "Pon My Mind"

Maleek Berry drops the lead single from his upcoming First Daze of Winter mixtape, a follow-up to his excellent Last Daze of Summer EP. Give "Pon My Mind" a spin above.

Mimi Mars "Sitamani"

Tanzania's Mimi Mars continues to impress with her latest single, "Sitamani," which takes a house-inspired beat to higher places. "Sitamani" is available everywhere now.

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


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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 ourSongs 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.

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You Need This Merry-Lynn EP In Your Life

Interview: Rising R&B newcomer Merry-Lynn's Petrichor EP is a breath of fresh air.

Iyere-Eke Merrylynn Ehinomen, also known as Merry-Lynn, is a rising singer and songwriter based in Abuja, Nigeria. She recently released her debut EP, Petrichor, which presents a masterful blend of reggae and R&B with a modern twist across its six tracks.

Drawing you in with its resonant bass line and alluring vocals, EP opener "Skin," is a major head-bopper. Merry-Lynn pours her heart out over the rippling guitar chords singing "When you gonna call me baby?/ Or don't you think about me lately?" Before you know it you're midway through the sultry and euphoric cut, "Temptation," and fully locked-in to this musical experience.

In "Boy Tears" the young singer, who was born in 1997, graces us with vivid lyricism and audacious delivery as she rhymes "too" and "fooled," enriching each line with subtle nuance. She also enlists Nigerian hitmaker King Perryy on the melancholic heartbreak tune "911"—a remixed version of the original track that was released earlier in the year

Merry-Lynn's decision to work exclusively with Nigerian producer Veen on the project seemingly enabled her to truly experiment and find the distinctive sound that sets her apart from the crowd. Emotionally rich and enlightened, this tape is a smooth sonic ride for any lover of good music. There's no doubt that, with Petrichor, Merry-Lynn has delivered a reliably-solid debut.

We got to know the R&B newcomer a little bit more in a recent interview below.

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Tiwa Savage Drops Two New Songs 'Owo Mi Da' & 'Attention'

The Nigerian star has shared two new bangers—"Owo Mi Da" and "Attention"—a day early due to leaks.

Tiwa Savage has returned with not-one-but-two new singles, "Owo Mi Da" and "Attention."

While the tracks were originally slated to drop tomorrow, Wednesday, the Nigerian superstar rushed released them due to leaks. "You guys couldn't wait na so my songs don leak o .... FUCK IT OUT NOW," Tiwa wrote on her social pages.

The addictive and upbeat "Owo Mi Da" was co-written by fellow Nigerian hitmaker Olamide and produced by Pheelz.

Video: Tiwa Savage On Female Artists Having to Work Twice As Hard

The smoother "Attention" is a song aimed at a man who isn't taking enough notice of his woman. " I guarantee all the ladies will know the lyrics to this one word for word," Tiwa wrote about the track. It was produced by Blaqjerzee.

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