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FBI star Ebonée Noel shares the tunes that keep her moving, from morning until night.

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“Worth the Weight” — Jidenna

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"The majority of Jidenna's new album would make it onto any playlist I put together. But this song feels like a morning stretch. It's the perfect tune to play to get you out of bed. It's a slow burn at the top, but then the beat drops and the rap starts and gives you that gentle kick you need to get the day started."

Listen to Jidenna's album 85 to Africa on Last.fm.

“I Know You, I Live You” — Chaka Khan

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"This should be on every playlist from now until the end of time. The vocals are, unsurprisingly, out of this world, the musical arrangement is joyous, and the energy of the song will trick you into thinking you can hit those Chaka high notes."

Listen to "I Know You, I Live You" by Chaka Khan on Last.fm.

“Sunshower” — Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

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"It makes me happy and grateful every time I hear it. It's perfectly named because you feel like you're bathing in sunlight and it's a celebration of falling in love. It's also a gentle enough groove that you can play it in almost any setting without complaint."

Listen to "Sunshower" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band on Last.fm.

“Imik Si Mik” — Hindi Zahra

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"It makes me feel like I'm in a French café overlooking a beautiful Parisian scene, eating warm comforting food and drinking the best wine. That's how I want people to feel in my home when I'm entertaining, like we're all on a chic adventure with good food."

Listen to "Imik Si Mik" by Hindi Zahra on Last.fm.

“Consideration” — Rihanna & SZA (Stafford Brothers Remix)

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"[Pre-quarantine], I put these on right before I [would] leave the house to go to the club. When makeup and hair is done and the outfit is on, these are the songs you put on to test how well everything will hold up when you're in full swing."

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“Beam Me Up” — Midnight Magic

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"Getting ready for a party? This song sets a groovy mood but doesn't hit so hard that it disrupts the whole dressing-up process, making you late!"

Listen to "Beam Me Up" by Midnight Magic on Last.fm.

“Fade” — Kanye West

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"This is one of my go-to workout songs. The bass has this driving beat that can carry me through an elliptical stretch like nothing else. And the 'Deep Inside' break is good for summoning that energy you need to push you through the burn to the end of any exercise."

Listen to "Fade" by Kanye West on Last.fm.

“Didn’t I?” — Darondo

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"This is a great song for a late-night hangout session, or just winding down and getting ready for bed. The lyrics are about losing someone, but the music is so layered and soothing it'll rock you right to sleep if you let it."

Listen to "Didn't I?" by Darondo on Last.fm.

​"Icon" — Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Nicky Jam (Reggaeton Remix)

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

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