Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best African songs of all time 2017, The African Continent is home to many diverse cultures, beliefs and musical stylings. A continent made up of countries that all have their own pride in their heritage, and that pride is often reflected in the music that is created. Music represents the beliefs, life experiences and politics of a nation. Below, we have garnered some of the absolute best representatives of the diversity of music that can be found on this immense continent. Whether from South Africa, Nigeria or the Congo, the flavor of each respective track can be well related to the experiences of the people.
Here we present the list of top 10 best African songs of all time 2017.
10. Orezi featuring Davido – Shuperu Remix (Nigeria)
Nigerian musical artist, Orezi was born in Owhelogbo, Isoko, Delta State and officially started his career in music in 2009. scored a huge hit with his remix of the dance classici Shuperu. Shuperu is a Ghandian dance move from the 90’s which got its name from the Salt N Pepa hit track “Shoop Ba Doop”. In 2015 Orezi featured a ‘Shuperu’ dance competition to find that certain someone who could handle the moves, which turned out to be lucky lady Okoje Jane. Fresh, poppin’ and smooth, the Shuperu remix featuring American born Nigerian musical artist, Davido sits comfortably at on number 10 spot.
9. Vector – King Kong Remix ft. Sarkodie (Nigeria)
Vector and his track “King Kong” is the first single to be released from his third album. “King Kong” is a massive and powerful track, infused with tribal rhythm and interlaced with hip hop punch lines, all backed by the drive of insane, tough and precise Afro percussion. Produced by G.R.A.P. record producer Liciouskrackit and mixed by Indomix, “King Kong” shows that Vector is driven to level up Hip Hop, while astounding fans with his ability to mix and blend sounds.
8. Coupe Bibamba – Awilo Longomba (Congo)
In 1998 Awilo Longomba collaborated with Jocelyne Berouard, and released “Coupe Bibamba”. Awilo Longomba is a musical artist hailing from the Congo, and began his musical career as a drummer. “Coupe Bibamba” is the title cut from his CD, “Coupe Bibamba”, and centers on the devastation and poverty in Africa, while hitting not only the African charts but also scoring well on the European charts. Vigorous and energetic, he uses this track as a way to denounce the poor living conditions of the people in Africa.
7. Vuli Ndlela – Brenda Fassie (South Africa)
Brenda Fassie, or ‘MaBrrr’ as she was known by her fans, was not only a strong musical force in Africa, but an activist who was a prominent figure in the anti-apartheid movement, and is often referred to as an anti-apartheid Afropop performer. “Vuli Ndlela was released in 1997, a fun dance and party song about a a mother who has had enough of the gossips saying her son will never marry, but he indeed, is so “open the gates!”. The track is gently infused with tribal rhythms and the wonderful vocal talents of Brenda Fassie.
6. Water No Get Enemy – Fela Kuti (Nigeria)
Nigerian musical talent Fela Kuti is known as the father of the Afrobeat genre, which consists of a large selection of various instruments which mold a hip, funky sound, heavy on the horns. Fela Kuti was also very much invested in human rights issues of his time and known as one of the most influential African performers of his day. “Water No Get Enemy” was featured in the Broadway show, “Fela!” and basically revolves around the meaning that no one really dislikes something as useful as water, so make yourself indispensable. The track “Water No Get Enemy” is overall perfection, as it blends a heavy jazz groove with a cool and hip African beat. If you have never heard of Afrobeat before, “Water No Get Enemy” is the perfect introduction, great track.
5. Umqombothi – Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a well-loved musical talent from South Africa. “Umqombathi” is also known as “African Beer”, hit the charts and solidified her style with fans everywhere. “Umqombathi”‘ is a fun song about the making of African Beer. A song full of dance, happiness and infectious joy, as she makes her “special beer to make the people happy”. Yvonne Chaka Chaka is well-known for her activism and humanitarian efforts supporting various charities and foundations.
5. Prisoner – Lucky Dube (South Africa)
Lucky Dube was a talented, musical force in the South African music scene. His style was reggae, and become one of South Africa’s largest selling reggae artists. His track “Prisoner” won four OKTV Awards in 1989. The track centers around how youth is told to stay clear from crime, get an education, but he chooses crime and ends up in jail. The song is a metaphor that there are no promises, that no matter what they tell you, many times there is no hope, hence the lyric, “They won’t build no schools anymore…” Lucky Dube’s vocals sound soulful and winsome, and reflect the feeling that many have, that there is, indeed, no hope.
4. Wombo Lombo – Angelique Kidjo (Cotonuo, Benin)
Angelique Kidjo is an exuberant, energetic and most entertaining musical artist from Benin, West Africa. She specializes in vivacious dance music, blended together with the distinct drum beat of her homeland. “Wombo Lombo” is a fun offering from this Beninese Grammy Award winner. Her hit track “Wombo Lombo” represents the culture and good people of Africa, her official video celebrates traditional dress and dance of her beloved African continent.
3. Sweet Mother – Prince Nico Mbarga (Nigeria)
“Sweet Mother” is a track recorded in 1976 by Prince Nico Mbarga and his band Rocafil Jazz, that celebrates the importance of motherhood and sold over 13 million copies. Prince Nico Mbarga’s track reflecting the love of a mother, is often referred to as “Africa’s Anthem”, and continues to be a favorite for Africans. “Sweet Mother” is energetic, vibrant and upbeat, accompanied by joyful and playful acoustic guitar performances. Traditional, yet very ’70’s’, “Sweet Mother” will continue to be a favorite for many years to come. Prince Nico Mbarga was a pivotal figure in the development of African pop music, recording a total of nine albums.
2. Seven Seconds – Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)
“Seven Seconds” is a track released by Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry, in 1994, which focuses on the first seven seconds of life of a newborn. During the childs emergence from the womb, it is blissfully unaware of what awaits it as it grows into adulthood. Youssou N’Dour is a musical artist, politician, activist, businessman and performer and contributed to the development of Senegalese pop music, also called mbalax. “Seven Seconds” was written by Youssou N’Dour, Neneh Cherry, Cameron McVey and Jonathan Sharp, and climbed the charts in Africa as well as Europe.
1. Personally – P-Square (Nigeria)
Released in 2014, “Personally” I tribute track to the King of Pop, the late, great Michael Jackson. P-Square a Nigerian R and B duo states that, “We dedicate this video to our mentor, the legendary King of Pop, The late Michael Jackson, who still inspires us ‘Personally’. Simple, catchy, with lyrical rhyme schemes “Personally” was nominated for several awards, including the Best Music Video of the Year at the Nigeria entertainment Awards, and its official music video has garnered the most views of any African musical artist on Youtube.
As can be seen, the African Continent holds with it, not only the vastness of nature, but holds true to the belief that music is a comprehensive reflection of a society, but no matter what the society, its politics or beliefs, the musician will find a way to express them to the world.