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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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Wizkid. Image courtesy of the artist.

Interview: Wizkid on Pushing Nigerian Music Forward

In an exclusive interview with OkayAfrica, Wizkid talks about his new singles "Joro" & "Ghetto Love," reveals that he wanted to drop Made In Lagos on Nigerian Independence day, tells us about working with Beyoncé and more.

Wizkid's been revving up for the release of his long-awaited and much talked about album, Made In Lagos, a follow-up to 2017's Sounds From The Other Side.

While SFTOS could be viewed as a push into Western territories, one which saw the Nigerian superstar connecting with North American heavyweights like Drake, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign & Major Lazer (and capitalizing on the success of "One Dance"), Made In Lagos looks to be a return to Nigeria. Not that he's ever left.

In what, for his usual standards, has been a relatively quiet year, Wizkid has still remained a constant and large presence. 2019 saw the Nigerian artist break Spotify records, drop big collaborations like "Totori," "Dis Love," "I Like," and feature on "Brown Skin Girl," the standout song from Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album.

Recently, he's dropped his first two solo singles of the year: the head-nodder "Ghetto Love," produced by Killertunes and Kel P, and the Northboi-produced "Joro."

We connected with Wizkid to chat about his new singles, his plans for Made In Lagos, the upcoming Starboyfest and much more. Read ahead below.

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Wizkid "Joro"

Wizkid Drops New Single 'Joro'

Listen to the new Northboi-produced track and watch its accompanying music video.

Wizkid returns today on Nigerian Independence Day with the drop of a new single, "Joro." The new track sees the Nigerian superstar delivering his signature vocals over a head-nodding mid-tempo beat produced by Northboi.

The accompanying music video follows Wizkid and a companion as they dance across candle-lit rooms, hair salons and the streets of Lagos. It features actress/dancer Georgia Curtis.

"Joro" premiered on Ebro's Apple Music Beats 1 radio show. It follows the recent release of Starboy's first solo single of 2019, "Ghetto Love."

Earlier this year, Wizkid's kept busy with big features including ncluding "Brown Skin Girl" with Beyoncé on Lion King: The Gift, "I like" with Kojo Funds and "Dis Love" with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage,

Watch the new music video for "Joro" below.

For more of the latest afrobeats hits, follow our Afrobeats Party playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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