Weekend Playlist: The Best New Music From Diamond Platnumz x Tiwa Savage, Ice Prince, Stonebwoy & More

These 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.

Diamond Platnumz "Fire" ft. Tiwa Savage

Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz connects with the queen of afrobeats, Tiwa Savage, for the uplifting and catchy "Fire."

Ice Prince "Successful"

Ice Prince Zamani comes strong with his latest single, "Successful," an anthem for those who've achieved success and an aspirational song for those who desire it.

Stonebwoy "My Name"

Ghanaian afro-dancehall star Stonebwoy rises above the haters in his latest single and music video for "My Name."

L-Tido ft. AKA and Yanga “Thixo”

L-Tido and AKA’s first collaboration after their beef from the early 2010s, is a feel good song on which the two ask God to spare their lives as they have a lot of turning up to do.

Numerica Monbèquiè

Cameroonian star Numerica brings the fire with his latest dance single, "Monbèquiè." The song is available for purchase now and also has a new dance to it you should peep.

Meryem Saci "On My Way"

Montreal-based singer Meryem Saci (of Nomadic Massive) comes through with the highly-energetic "On My Way," the title track off her new solo mixtape. Get into the groove with the track's new music video, which we're premiering here today.

Bantu Agberos International

13-piece Lagos collective Bantu are readying their upcoming Agberos International, an album that "celebrates and explores the complexities and contradictions of navigating daily life in the city of dreams and chaos." Pre-order the album now and get ready to dance when it drops July 7.

80 Script x Una Rams “Yaya”

Swazi rapper 80 Script and South African singer Una Rams collaborate on the first single to the rapper’s upcoming album That Of Greatness.

Pierre Kwenders "Sexus Plexus Nexus"

Congolese/Montreal artist Pierre Kwenders delivers all of the smooth vibes in his music video for "Sexus Plexus Nexus."

Banditsu "Selfish" ft. Taliwhoah

UK-based artist Banditsu and British-Nigerian R&B singer Taliwhoah link up to reminisce over lost relationships in the moody "Selfish."

Rouge “No Strings”

Rouge is definitely one of the best in South Africa right now. On her latest single, she rides a trap banger and lets someone know that they have to stop catching feelings.

Toulouse "Reach Out"

Nigerian-born Toulouse delivers a hazy and intricate masterpiece in his new single, "Reach Out." This guy's got a voice to look out for.

Push Push “Blood In”

Push Push’s latest x-rated single, sees the rapper drop some steamy sex raps over a Neptunes-esque instrumental. The video, which is a piece of art, is NSFW. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.

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