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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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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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