Audio

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

Popular

Listen To ‘THE 5 YEAR PLAN’, A New Song From A-Reece’s Upcoming Project ‘Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: The Mixtape’

A-Reece shares 'THE 5 YEAR PLAN' from upcoming project 'Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Memory: The Mixtape'.

A-Reece and fellow 1000 Degreez member Wordz reconnect on "THE 5 YEAR PLAN". Their interpretation of the open-ended flamenco string-laden instrumental is a catchy hook ("I'm 'bout to break the bank"), lofty bars ("She saw my drip, she thought I was filling the tank", Wordz raps) and high energy (Reece's adlibs are a whole mood).

"THE 5 YEAR PLAN" adds to a growing series of collaborations between A-Reece and Wordz. Both rappers come from 1000 Degreez, a supergroup from Pretoria that was active in the mid-2010s and played the role of launching the careers of both rappers and their acolytes.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."