Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Kendrick, Davido, Reason & More

These are 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.

King Kendrick does it again

Kendrick Lamar dropped another incredible music video, this time for his DAMN. standout, "Element." As our contributor Alisha Acquaye writes, "in 'Element' violence exists alongside beauty, wonder, curiosity and power, illustrating a nuanced portrait of black life, survival and what it means to be hard."

Maleek Berry "Been Calling"

Maleek Berry continues his hot streak with his latest single, "Been Calling," a catchy afrobeats-meets-dancehall concoction about longing for a girl.

DJ Zan-D “Rigorous” ft. Reason

“Rigorous” sees Reason floss his rigorous lifestyle–which includes looking fresh at Fashion Week and deserving a spot on your top 5, among other things. A perennial bass line and bouncy 808 rhythm carries the song through. It's an easy listen from one of South Africa’s most gifted rhymers.

Davido "If" Remix

Davido dropped a remix of his smash hit, "If," featuring new vocals from R. Kelly. We're not entirely sure how we feel about it, but here it is above.

Lady Moon & The Eclipse "Augmented"

Brooklyn's Lady Moon & The Eclipse celebrate Congolese independence from Belgium, today, with this one-shot video for "Augmented." The song "pays homage to the infinite fight for peace, freedom & justice, in the Kongo and Afrika," the group mentions.

Show Dem Camp x Funbi

Nigeria's Show Dem Camp link up with Funbi for "Up To You," the silky lead track off their Palm Wine Music album.

Kid Tini “Bekezela” (ft. Lisa)

One of the most promising rappers in South Africa, Kid Tini’s latest song is an ode to his mother. He delivers his verse with a swaggering bravado over a slow trap instrumental. The vocalist Lisa’s hook and backing vocals give the song a soulful feel.

Kahli Abdu "Romantic Girl"

New York-based Nigerian Kahli Abdu rolls through with the Kid Konnect-produced "Romantic Girl," one for your new fling.

Big Nuz “Sibongile”

Durban kwaito duo Big Nuz have a new one for the dance floor. If you aren’t too busy dancing, you’ll notice that “Sibongile” is essentially a light-hearted love song that is sure to keep you warm.

DJ Lag “Khonkolo”

The lead single to gqom producer DJ Lag’s upcoming EP, Trip To New York, is a firestarter of note consisting of an indistinct chant, recurring synth, and a rhythm that’s sure to invoke a booty shake.

Nu Epoque "Ginga"

The Barcelona-based Nu Epoque is a trio that consists of Mozambican singer/beatmaker Simonal Bie, Angolan vocalist Monica Mussungo and Italian pianist Leonardo Cincinelli. They deliver an alluring single and forest video for "Ginga."

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


A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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