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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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