Playlist : 10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week (Week 131)
10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ is a 10-track-listing playlist highlighting the best songs released over the past few days from Africa and the Caribbean (Jamaica).
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Amaarae – Co-Star
Ghanaian-American singer, songwriter and producer Amaarae who took the alté-pop scene by storm with her debut album The Angel You Don’t Know in 2020, is set to release her sophomore album Fountain Baby on June 9th.
Ahead of the album release, Amaarae has dropped a new single called “Co-Star,” featuring a mix of serene harp melodies and Afrobeat, complemented by her commanding falsetto. The song celebrates star signs and their romantic compatibility, in a witty and flirty way perfect for summer.
The Lauren Dunn-directed music video sees Amaarae playing the role of a judge at a car meet straight out of a PS2-era video game, with appearances from popular personalities like The Clermont Twins, Biba Williams, and Deto Black. Amaarae wanted to create an anthem that celebrates the girls and gives them something cute and flirty, while also leaning into the huge part that astrology plays in youth culture.
The video features some of Amaarae’s favorite women, such as Bijou & Chi, Moyo Briggs, Lois Saunders, and more, who she describes as the tastemakers of our time.
D Jay – Necessary
Ghanaian singer and songwriter D Jay continues to impress with his latest single titled ‘Necessary’. This new track comes on the heels of his successful solo effort, ‘Morning Stress’. ‘Necessary’ is a feel-good song that showcases the singer’s vocal range and songwriting abilities.
Necessary’ is a perfect addition to any playlist and promises to be another hit for the talented artist. Fans and music lovers can expect more great music from D Jay as he continues to make his mark in the Ghanaian music scene.
King Promise – Terminator
Ghanaian artist King Promise has returned to the music scene with his latest single ‘Terminator.’ The Legacy Life Entertainment signee teased the release of the Amapiano-inspired track on social media with a video of himself and popular choreographer Dancegod Lloyd performing dance routines. Produced by Killbeatz, ‘Terminator’ is the artist’s first release of 2023, and fans have eagerly anticipated its official release since the teaser was shared on social media.
King Promise’s distinct sound continues to impress his fans, and with the release of ‘Terminator,’ it appears he is poised to maintain his momentum.
Fireboy DML – Someone
Nigerian singer-songwriter Fireboy DML has returned to the music scene with a new single titled “Someone,” marking a strong start to his year in the second quarter of 2023. Known for his soulful vocals and captivating lyricism, Fireboy DML has impressed audiences once again with his rich sound.
Fireboy DML’s long awaited song “Someone” highlights his artistic progress and dexterity, following the success of his third studio album “Playboy” in August 2022. The song perfectly integrates Afrobeats, R&B, and soul elements to provide a captivating melody complemented by heartfelt and relatable lyrics that connect with listeners on a deep level.
The accompanying music video, directed by Bruno Marin, adds to the enthralling experience of the track. With his ability to evoke emotions through his music, Fireboy DML has crafted a promising record that sets the stage for an exciting year ahead.
Ckay ft. Blaqbonez – Hallelujah
Nigerian Afrobeat star Ckay has teamed up with the controversial Nigerian rapper Blaqbonez for a new Amapiano-inspired record titled ‘Hallelujah.’ The song is a catchy, upbeat tune that combines elements of Afrobeat and Amapiano, two of the most popular genres in Africa.
With a distinct mix of Afrobeats, R&B, and pop, Ckay displays his versatility on his latest Amapiano-inspired track, ‘Hallelujah,’ featuring Blaqbonez. The song’s hook is irresistibly smooth and infectious, showcasing Ckay’s skillful songwriting. Blaqbonez, on the other hand, delivers a fitting rap verse that complements the song’s vibe. Fans have warmly received this collaboration, and it is anticipated to dominate the airwaves.
Prior to the official release of the song, Ckay took to twitter to show off his newly acquired house signifying the progress he’s made in his music career. He celebrates this accomplishment with his latest number ‘Hallelujah.’
Guiltybeatz ft. Hamzaa & Ms Banks – I’m Good
Ghanaian music producer Guiltybeatz, known for his numerous awards and chart-topping productions, joins forces with British singer-songwriter Hamzaa and Nigerian R&B artist Banks for his latest single, ‘I’M GOOD.’
The impressive number is a fusion of Afrobeats, R&B, and pop sounds, highlighting Guiltybeatz’s versatile production skills. Hamzaa’s soulful vocals and Banks’ smooth delivery complement each other, making the song a must-listen for fans of the genre. ‘I’M GOOD’ is expected to make waves on the airwaves and become another hit in Guiltybeatz’s impressive discography.
Kwesi Arthur – Penny
After taking a break from the music scene, award-winning Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur is back with a brand new song titled “Penny.” Co-produced by King Ketelby James and Gabiga, the track is a rap song that sees Kwesi Arthur perform his signature rap delivery.
Following his previous release, “Pain Interlude,” “Penny” is a welcome return for Kwesi Arthur, and fans will undoubtedly be excited to hear him back on the mic. The track is a laid-back, introspective song that sees Kwesi Arthur reflecting on his journey so far and the challenges he’s faced.
The production on “Penny” is smooth and understated, providing the perfect backdrop for Kwesi Arthur’s introspective lyrics. His flow is effortless and natural, with his lyrics carrying a sense of authenticity and vulnerability that is rare in today’s rap scene.
Yaba Buluku Boyz ft. Falz – Madam De Madam
The Yaba Buluku Boyz, the Mozambican trio behind the hit song ‘Yaba Buluku (Remix)’, are back with another Amapiano banger, ‘Madam De Madam’ featuring Nigerian rapper, Falz.
The new track offers a light-hearted and comic tune that showcases the charisma of the Bahd Guy together with the energetic chants of Nelson Tivane and Preck over DJ Tarico’s kinetic drum arrangements.
The song is the latest release from the Yaba Buluku Boyz, who have been making waves in the African music scene with their international collaborations and Amapiano-inflected songs.
Their previous single, ‘The One (Chop Life)’, featuring Nigerian singer, Crayon, quickly surpassed a million streams across multiple music platforms worldwide. The song was a celebratory anthem that captured the essence of living life to the fullest.
‘Madam De Madam’ is another glimpse into their highly anticipated studio album, which is expected to be one of 2023’s most exciting records.
The album will feature more high-profile collaborations with artists from different countries and cultures, brilliantly showcasing the Yaba Buluku Boyz’s vision of bringing Africa together through music under the Geobek Standard.
Iyanya ft. BNXN – Sinner
Nigerian Afrobeat singer and songwriter Iyanya has collaborated with fellow Nigerian musician BNXN on his current hit, “Sinner.” This is Iyanya’s second release of the year, following his previous single “Plans.” Iyanya’s distinguishing Afrobeat sound is on display with “Sinner,” which blends rhythmic beats with soulful vocals.
BNXN’s addition gives the song a fresh and distinct taste, making for an exciting and dynamic combo.
Jay Bahd ft. O’Kenneth – Fire
Ghanaian Asakaa rapper Jay Bahd has released his much-awaited new single titled “Fire” featuring his label mate O’kenneth. The track is already making waves across the Ghanaian music scene and beyond. The new track sees Jay Bahd showcase his impeccable rap-singing skills while delivering a powerful message of resilience and perseverance in the face of trials and tribulations.
Jay Bahd is well known for his catchy and energetic style of rap, which has made him a fan favorite in the Asakaa music movement. He uses his music to share his personal experiences and inspire others to chase their dreams no matter the challenges they may face. In the song “Fire,” Jay Bahd speaks about his journey as an upcoming artist and how he has faced many obstacles, but remains determined to succeed.