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Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Vanessa Mdee, Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz & More

Here are all 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.

Wizkid's SFTOS is here

#SoundsFromTheOtherSide!! EP Out everywhere! Spread the vibes! 🔊🔊 #GodBless!! 🙏🏾 ❤️

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The long-awaited Sounds From The Other Side is finally here. You can buy and stream Wizkid's new release, which he's now calling a "EP," on SpotifyApple Music, and on Wizkid’s VEVO channel. Purchase the album on iTunes here.

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Vanessa Mdee "Kisela" ft. Mr. P

Tanzania's Vanessa Mdee links up with P-Square's Peter Okoye aka Mr. P for "Kisela," which tells the "story of a heartbroken woman who discovers what she thought was a relationship is actually a mere hook up." Check out the song's stunning boxing video above.

Diamond Platnumz "Eneka"

Keeping things in Tanzania, star Diamond Platnumz shares the addictive "Eneka." Watch its accompanying South African-shot music video above.

Wale "Fine Girl" ft. Davido & Olamide

Wale, Davido and Olamide throw a mansion party full of fine girls in the music video for the latest single off Shine—an album that's saved by unexpected soul.

Sudan Archives "Come Meh Way"

Sudan Archives is the one-woman experimental electro-folk project of Brittney Parks, whose self-titled debut EP is out today via Stones Throw Records. "Come Meh Way" will have you hypnotized in more than one way.

Victoria Kimani "March Along"

Kenya's Victoria Kimani drops the reggae-dancehall-influenced "March Along," the sixth single from her debut album, Safari.

Poizon Ivy the DJ's AFR1CA mix

Nairobi-born Poizon Ivy, the official DJ of the Dallas Mavericks, puts together a fire mix in her latest, AFR1CA Vol. 1. Throw this one on at this weekend's parties.

Retro Zouk Vol. 3

DJ Tron drops the third installment of his great Retro Zouk mixes. This one focuses "on the electro funk side of early Zouk. Heavy bass stuff, somewhere between 1985 and 1993," he mentions.

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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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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