The popularity of African music has grown in recent years, in part thanks to platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and TikTok.
To start this week, we explored some of the best African songs for you to listen to. Whether you're a fan of uplifting lyrics, soothing melodies, or catchy beats, get ready to add some new favorites to your playlist and let our list of the 5 must-listen-to African songs transport you to the continent.
But before we get to our list, here are a few songs by African artists that are currently trending:
- Gwagwalada - BNXN fka Buju, Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez (Nigerian)
- Unavailable - Davido ft. Musa Keys (Nigerian)
- Single Again - Harmonize (Tanzanian)
- People - Libianca ft. Ayra Starr, Omah Lay (Cameroonian-American, Nigerian)
- Celebrate - Popcaan ft Black Sherif (Jamaican, Ghanaian)
- Yahyuppiyah - Uncle Waffles x Tony Duardo x Justin99 ft. Pcee, EeQue, Chley (South African)
- C'est Pas Normal - Toofan (Togolese)
Song #1: "Jerusalema" by Master KG feat. Nomcebo Zikode
"Jerusalema" is a South African song that has become a global phenomenon. The song is a fusion of Afrobeat and house music and features vocals from Nomcebo Zikode. "Jerusalema" has become a viral dance challenge on social media, and its catchy beat and uplifting lyrics have made it a favorite around the world.
Song #2: "Brown Skin Girl" by Beyoncé feat. Wizkid, Saint Jhn, and Blue Ivy Carter
"Brown Skin Girl" is a song from Beyoncé's album "The Lion King: The Gift." The song celebrates the beauty of black women and features vocals from Nigerian artist Wizkid, American rapper Saint Jhn, and Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy Carter. The song's soulful melody and empowering lyrics have made it a favorite among fans.
Song #3: "Soco" by Starboy feat. Wizkid, Terri, Spotless, and Ceeza Milli
"Soco" is a Nigerian song by the music collective Starboy. The song features vocals from Wizkid, Terri, Spotless, and Ceeza Milli. "Soco" is known for its catchy beat and energy, and it has become a popular party anthem in Nigeria and beyond.
Song #4: "African Giant" by Burna Boy
"African Giant" is a song from Burna Boy's album of the same name. The song celebrates the strength and resilience of Africans and has become an anthem for the continent. Burna Boy's powerful vocals and the song's beat make it a must-listen for any fan of African music.
Song #5: "Khona" by Mafikizolo feat. Uhuru
"Khona" is a South African song by the music duo Mafikizolo. The song features vocals from the group's members Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe and production from South African group Uhuru. "Khona" is known for its catchy beat and chorus, and it has become a popular party anthem in Africa and beyond.
If you enjoyed these songs we introduced you to there are many ways to continue listening. You can stream the songs on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music or attend concerts. You can also share this list with your family and friends!