The 5 songs you need to hear this week


Every week, we highlight the best releases through our best music of the week section, Songs you need to hear. Here’s our roundup of the best tracks and music videos that have fallen on our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check our Top songs of the month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music.


Asake “Joha”

Rising Nigerian singer and songwriter Asakeseems to have found its recipe for success. The Lagos-born star has released her debut album Mr. Money with The Vibe last month, and the man just didn’t miss. Her latest gift to us comes in the form of a new music video for the hit “Joha” and saw the performer pull out all the stops. Led by his long-time collaborator TG Omori, Asake’s optimism and confidence in his craft can be felt through the screen as the sleek, gallant Nigerians cruise through the American party capital of Las Vegas. Check out our recent article on The Unquestionable Rise of Asake.

Black Sheriff ‘The bad guy I never was’

from Ghana black sheriff share their first albumThe villain that I’ve never been, a refreshing sound work that highlights his personal struggles and triumphs. The album is a 14 track offering which has a single feature from Nigeria Burna Boy. “It took me everything to bring this body to life,” Black Sherif, 20, says in a conversation about the effort he put behind the album. “The one thing in my life that I gave up everything for. There is life in this body, I hope it treats you well and speaks to you the way I want it to.

AME ‘Power’

West African rising producer and DJ CAPABLE shares his new 3 track EP, Power. In this new version, the producer – who has found support from big names like Black Coffee and Diplo – continues his addictive mix of house grooves, spiritual vocals and African elements. Enter it above.

Joeboy “Likkle Riddim”

Joeboyshares his latest single “Likkle Riddim”, a recording from his upcoming second album. The record is a party banger that merges Afrobeats with dancehall in an undeniable cultural fusion that marries West African sounds with the shrill melody of Caribbean rhythm.

Batida feat. Pot “Ah!”

Portuguese/Angolan Electronic Producer Batida recently shared the new instrumental single, “Ah!” with Pal. The uplifting track is paired with a music video that follows the pair as they cycle through the outskirts of Lisbon and reunite at a DJ gig. You can find the title on Batida’s next album neon colonialismwill be released on October 21 on Crammed Discs.

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