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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Riky Rick, Olamide x Davido, Stanley Enow & 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.

Riky Rick x Frank Casino "Family"

South Africa's Riky Rick and Frank Casino come through with the gritty hustle anthem, "Family." The partly 8mm-shot music video was directed by Adriaan Louw

and produced by The Swank Group.

Olamide x Davido "Summer Body"

Olamide and Davido connect in the new visual for "Summer Body." Davido's verse sees him reigniting his recent feud with Wizkid. As you know, their rivalry is the gift that keeps on giving.

Stanley Enow "Adore You" ft. Mr Eazi

Cameroon's Stanley Enow delivers the Brooklyn-shot music video for "Adore You," his new collaboration with Mr Eazi. "We basically did the song to celebrate women worldwide," Stanley tells OkayAfrica.

Vieux Farka Touré "Samba Si Kairi (Afrotronix Remix)"

Mali's Vieux Farka Touré recently released his new album, Samba. Today, we're premiering this hypnotizing Afrotronix remix of one of the album's standout tracks, "Samba Si Kairi." Check it out above and grab Samba here.

Sauti Sol "Friendzone"

Kenyan outfit Sauti Sol are back with the new single "Friendzone," about jumping out of that dreaded 'we're only friends'-zone. The band has a new emoji video for their single which you can watch above.

Uno July “Isukile” ft. SimmySimmyNya

The latest from one of Cape Town’s most prolific rappers, Uno July, is energetic and we love it. He uses more vernac than he usually does, and is assisted by promising newcomer SimmySimmyNya.

Flavour "Catch You"

Flavour comes through with the steamy, Sesan-directed visual for "Catch You," the third single off his surprise album, Ijele – The Traveler.

Bankyondbeatz "Good Loving" ft. DJ Yin

Buzzing Nigerian producer Bankyondbeatz shares the electronic and house-influenced new single "Good Loving," alongside DJ Yin. You can purchase the track here.

Robin Thirdfloor “MIna Nawe”

The Durban-based rapper’s latest single, which is produced by Switzerland’s Dejot, is a tongue-in-cheek love song that is a modern take on old school kwaito, and deserves a spot on your playlist.

Ras Nebyu "Anything"

"Anything" is a new banger from the Washington, D.C.-based Ethiopian rapper Ras Nebyu. Check out the track's new clip above.

Oriiginelle “ATM”

Swazi rapper Origiinelle’s latest single is a dark heavy trap banger about money. Assisted by rapper Dante Laway, she’s here to let you know that she loves the sound an ATM makes. So do we, O.

Melo B Jones The Start EP

The South African singer’s latest five-track EP is a great mixture of old and new school R&B with touches of hip-hop soul and trap. Melo B Jones’ singing is effortless yet effective, and this is a perfect listen for a Sunday morning.

Nasty C “031”

One of the most consistent rappers of our time just doesn’t disappoint with his singles. “031” is another scorcher, which sees the MC flex more of his impressive flows and lyrical content, and this time around it’s for his city, Durban.

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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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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