Paris has been inundated with snow flurries and a lot of wet weather lately so we've been dreaming of somewhere a little warmer and drier. The hot, rich landscapes of Africa came to mind and we instantly felt better.
So, we've focused on our favourite African artists this week - all women because they're all great - and we've even added an extra one to our usual five because there's just too much talent coming from around the continent.
The artwork used in our title image this week comes from the amazing Somali artist Julie Mehretu. The artwork titled "Empirical Construction, Istanbul" looks like music to us.
Dobet Gnahoré's warm vocals often take inspiration from her home country of the Ivory Coast and mix a little of her adopted home of Marseille in the south of France. Her songs are very narrative driven and tell stories from her life and how she sees present day Africa.
We're also fans of her distinctive African style that borders of the avant garde at times but always brings a chic edge of her performances.
Another singer from the Ivory Coast, Fatoumata Diawara (call her Fatou) draws on her heritage from Mali, the birthplace of her parents, to create gorgeous music with striking visuals in her music videos.
Beyond singing, Fatou has acted in cinema as well as on the stage, and this theatrical presence seems to permeate her music and performances with her band.
Electro meets funk and African beats with Ibibo Sound Machine fronted by Londoner Eno Williams who draws on her Nigerian heritage to create music based on weird folk stories.
We love the humour in their music and the youthful, fresh sound that makes you want to dance like a fool.
Inna Modja is relatively well-known in France and her music certainly sways more to the pop side of the fence but one foot is always planted in African soil, Malian soil to be exact.
Modja's music feels well produced, a little conceptual and the music videos benefit from a strong artistic direction. We're not sure whether she's big outside of France but if she isn't, she should be!
A little jazz never hurt anyone, did it? Julia Sarr's voice is a smooth as silk and her vocal interpretation is a joy to listen to. Originally from Senegal, Sarr's phenomenal African-language jazz performances make up some of her best songs from an incredible catalogue.
Sarr lives in Paris so we're keeping our ear to the ground to find out when her next performance will be. It's a shame smoking is banned in France now, there's nothing like a smoky, dimly lit jazz club...
We actually went to see Rokia Traoré play live in Paris a week or so ago and she was phenomenal. Although we prefer her previous album to her most recent, she's easily one of our favourite, and in our opinion the most prolific, artists to emerge from Africa in recent years.