10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ is a 10 track-listing playlist highlighting the best of songs released over the past few days from Africa and the Carribeans (Jamaica). Follow and like our playlists on Audiomack , Spotify & Apple Music for weekly updates.
Jorja Smith & Guiltybeatz – All Of This
Jorja Smith is the latest entrant to the world of Amapiano. The American singer-songwriter makes a return after her recent EP, Be Right Back, with her new single, “All Of This”, which features production from Ghanaian producer GuiltyBeatz.
When the EP dropped back in May, Jorja Smith made it known it was a hint of what to expect on her impending album.Details on what exactly that could be were somewhat elusive, so it’s not clear if this new single will form part of a larger project or not; either way, it’s a welcome surprise on the way to whatever comes next.
Announcing the release of ‘All Of This’, Jorja explained how the song came about. She said;
“I met [Guilty] when I went over to Port Antonio in Jamaica for a writing camp in 2019. He’s so wonderful to work with and when we initially started the song, it was more a fall to the floor type beat. He’s shared Amapiano playlists with me before and then during the first lockdown in 2020, he sent me a version of the song like it is now. It’s all about someone who doesn’t deserve you and thinking, ‘Wow, you really had all of me once. Ew.’”
Gyakie – Need Me
Highly talented Ghanaian singer-songwriter, Gyakie in her strive to maintain her good form and upward trajectory, delivers her second output for the year titled ‘Need Me’.
Produced by SosaWaveGod, the fine textured soothing tune follows her Omah Lay assisted Forever remix which is still making waves across the continent.
Kweku Darlington ft. Laycon & Medikal – Aketesia
Rising Ghanaian musical artist, Kweku Darlington adds to his streak of wins so far this year, a star-studded Afropop tune titled Aketesia.
‘Aketesia’ is Kweku Darlington’s second single of the year and follows his previous release, the remix of his highly acclaimed song ‘Sika Aba Fie‘ which features Kuami Eugene, Yaw Tog and Kweku Flick.
Kizz Daniel – Lie
Nigerian serial hitmaker, Kizz Daniel unlocks a new number titled ‘Lie’ following the success of his previous release titled ‘Flex’ outdoored in the month of February 2021.
Co-produced by two of Nigeria’s most talented music producers Philkeyz and Blaise Beatz, ‘Lie’ will serve as Kizz Daniel’s second official single for the year.
Furthermore, Kizz Daniel has made known his intent to drop a long format studio project later this year.
Zlatan ft. Buju – Alubarika
Zanku Records honcho, Zlatan combines with Nigerian singer-songwriter and man of the moment, Buju to deliver this sublime tune titled ‘Alubarika’
This is the second time Zlatan and Buju have collectively worked on a song with the first being Buju’s Spiritual released in 2019.
Niniola – Too Sweet (O Dun)
Queen of Nigerian Afro-house, Niniola shares her take on amapiano with a new song she titles ‘Too Sweet (O’Dun)’.
This registers as Niniola’s third output for the year so far and a follow-up to her successfully released ‘6th Heaven’ EP.
Ayra Starr ft. Ckay – Beggie Beggie
Rising Nigerian singer-songwriter, Ayra Starr under the imprint of Mavin Records delivers the label’s first long length project of 2021 and as well her debut studio album dubbed ’19 & Dangerous’.
’19 & Dangerous’ houses eleven well-crafted songs with a single guest slot which makes way for Warner Music artist Ckay on track six titled ‘Beggie Beggie’
The new project was worked on by producers like Don Jazzy, London, Louddaaa and the legendary Sir Victor Uwaifo’s descendant, Andre Vibez.
Lastly, all eleven tracks on the project was mixed and mastered by the talented Johnny Drille.
Yemi Alade – Ogogoro
Nigerian singer-songwriter and performer, Yemi Alade ahead of her impending album release dubbed ‘Queen Don Come’, gives listeners a hint of what to expect on the album with new song titled ‘Ogogoro’
Ogogoro is a mid-tempo song that shows off the pop/R’n’B side of Yemi Alade, who further complimented the tune with Ragga overtones.
Production credits to Egarboi.
Lyrical Joe – 5th August V
Ghanaian tongue-twisting rapper, Lyrical Joe under the imprint of 2MG Music makes a return with his annual flagship rap freestyle dubbed ‘5th August’.
This year’s numbers as the fifth installment of the long-length body of work which incorporates rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular.
The Phredxter produced record commemorates Lyrical Joe on his birthday.
Dremo ft. Patoranking – Wonder
Following the successful lay out of his captivating ‘Perfect Picture’ series, DMW recording music artist Dremo finds it necessary to drop another banger.
He calls on award-winning Nigerian Reggae/dancehall artist Patoranking to unlock this new number.
Produced by Skitter, ‘Wonder’ serves as Dremo’s second official single for the year. It comes after the Duke Blac-produced record ‘See You Next Week.’