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The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring new African music from Burna Boy x 21 Savage, Asake, Fireboy DML, Lady Donli, Black Sherif and Victory.

Every week, we highlight the top Afrobeats and African music releases through our best music column, Songs You Need to Hear.

If you like these African music lists, you can also check out our Best Afrobeats and Best Amapiano of the month columns, plus our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music.

Read ahead for our round-up of the best new African music tracks and music videos that came across our desks this week.

Burna Boy “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” Remix ft. 21 Savage

Burna Boy keeps things moving with the new remix to his latest single, “Sittin’ On Top Of The World.” The track now includes a verse from 21 Savage, who incorporates himself seamlessly into the Brandy and M a$e-sampling beat. The original already had summer hit potential and, with the addition of 21, we could see this one blasting across parties on both sides of the Atlantic these warm months.

Asake “Basquiat”

Asake unveiled the music video for his fan-favourite track, “Basquiat,” following the release of his highly anticipated second studio album, Work of Art. The video, directed by Blank Space, beautifully encapsulates the thematic essence of the album, showcasing Asake’s artistic growth and a newfound appreciation for diverse sounds and life experiences.

Fireboy DML “YAWA”

Fireboy DML comes through with a scorcher in the form of “YAWA.” Producers Magicsticks and Telz provide the afro-fusion percussion-meets-am with a piano bass sonic bed for the single, which sees Fireboy delivering lyrics in both English and Yoruba. This one has big hit potential.

Lady Donli “My Ability”

Lady Donli shares “My Ability,” the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album, Pan African Rockstar, which is due in August. Songs about empowerment, Lady Donli mentions: “As a woman, I have firsthand experience of feeling underestimated and undervalued, and this song is my response to that. I wanted to create something that not only represents my personal journey but also serves as a rallying cry for women around the world to reclaim their power and confidence.”

Black Sherif “Oil in my Head”

Everything Black Sherif touches continues to be blessing as he drops the music video for “Oil in my Head,” a standout track from the Ghanaian star’s latest album The Villain I Never Was. Directed by Babs Direction, the music video is a visual feast, taking viewers on a captivating journey through Black Sherif’s exploration of celestial exaltation and an unwavering winning mindset.

Victony “My Darling”

Here’s a captivating new one from Victony, who connects with producers Juls and Guiltybeatz for “My Darling,” for an earworm dedicated to his love.


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