Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best African Songs of All Time till 2017. Africa is a home of cultural diversity and a variety of cultural beliefs. Moreover, musically, African musicians have chosen to follow the same script. Most African songs differ in accordance to the people’s tribal and cultural affiliations. Therefore, it is hard to identify Africa with a common rhythm and beat in almost all of the songs, this makes African songs unique and interesting. Here is a list of some of these African songs you can consider among the top ten;
List of Top 10 Best African Songs of All Time till 2017
10. BUTU NA MOYI BY MAKOMA
This song was released in 1999 by Makoma, a group from DRC comprising of six siblings, under the album name ‘nzamba na bomoyi’, which means Jesus for life. The song is more of a Christian and gospel nature. This song just like most African songs, promotes the rich Christian values that are practiced in the entire Africa continent.
9. NDAKUVARA BY OLIVER MTUKUDZI
Zimbabwean Born Oliver Mtukudzi, released on 10th march 2006.The song is quite a parable trying to compare the upbringing of a young child by the parents to an ox. He explains that a he love a young ox and thought that it would grow into something helpful but in vain. This comes about when he gets hurt while training the ox. This is the best example of an African song trying to educate and translate the greatest valued African culture of promoting and instilling virtues in the young generation.
8. WAVING FLAG BY K’NAAN
Somali Born Keinan Abdi Warsame, he released this song on 18th 2009 under the album name ‘troubadour’. The song’s greatest achievement is when it was used in the world cup of 2010 which was held in Africa. The song is more of an empowerment song trying to psyche up people in every task they undertake. It is a song encouraging everybody to work hard and achieve whatever they want in life. It was used to promote the African spirit of togetherness and hard work in sports.
7. ALL EYES ON ME BY AKA FEATURING BURNA BOY
Born South African AKA better known as Kiernan Jarryd Forbes teams up with Nigerian born Burna boy better known as Damini Ogulu to produce this iconic hip-hop track. Released in 2004 under the album name ‘All eyes on me’, this song brings out the other side of the African American hip-hop culture that is fast spreading in the entire continent. It talks about the thug life of the hood, the hustle and tussle of street life and the supremacy battle among the young strong African setup. This is one among the Top 10 Best African Songs of All Time till 2017.
6. LIVE AND DIE IN AFRIKA BY SAUTI SOL
From East Africa comes the group band Sauti sol composed of Bien Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi who released this song on 21st November 2015 under the album name ‘live and die in Africa. The song defines the great love they feel for the continent Africa. They say that they are proud of Africa such that they only want to live in Africa and even ‘die’ in Africa. They emphasize the fact that that they want everything happening around them to come and be in Africa including even getting rich. The song is composed in the Swahili language.
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5. ZAMINAMINA BY ZANGALEWA (GOLDEN SOUNDS)
This iconic song released by a Cameroonian group in 1986. It’s typically African in style and dance accompanied by as strong African costume. The song is originally meant to psyche up anybody or a group of people with an intention of encouragement. Mostly people who need moral and physical support are able to perform such a song to give them confidence of facing any task ahead. It grew much importance when Shakira and the South African based band freshly ground made it official as the 2010 world cup anthem in South Africa as ‘waka waka’
4. GODWIN BY KOREDE BELLO
Nigerian born Korede Bello released this song on January 28th 2015 as single hit. This is another of the more African gospel theme songs. It brings out the strongest nature of the African continent thankfulness to God and praise. He comes out saying that in everything he does, God will always win. That however much problems he encounters and goes through, ‘God wins’. This is the basic concept of the African setup which believes that as much as life should go on, we should remember that God is the Supreme Being. Korede brings out his African Christian values in this great single.
3. VULINDLELA BY BRENDA FASSIE
Born Brenda Nokuzola Fassie, she released this song in 1997 in the native South African Zulu language. She brings out the strong rite of passage called marriage. It talks about today being a wedding day, it’s a happy day. It gives marriage a priority in that, it’s calling out people to a wedding ceremony. After a long time of waiting, a son who everybody never thought will get married has finally found a wife. The Zulu language gives it an African touch escorted with its strong message of marriage.
2. MARIA SALOME BY SAIDA KAROLI
Released in 2001, Maria Salome is a buzzing hit single by born Tanzanian Saida Karoli. The song is brought out in the mixture of Swahili and Lingala languages of east Africa. Saida tries to tell her parents how her lover has selected her perfectly out of many other ladies .she is proud and happy going crazy after being the only one the lover lays his eyes on. This song has been a hit song and diamond Platnumz has featured Rayvanny in the remix of 2016.
1. AFRICAN QUEEN BY 2FACE IDIBIA
Born innocent Ujah Idibia, he released this song on 15th may 2004 under the album name ‘face 2 face’. This is the greatest ever single praising and elevating the African woman among the rest of the world. Idibia brings out the beauty and noble nature of this particular African lady, whom he says as ‘an outstanding one’. He gives the African woman the sense of pride and acceptance. Africa being the land of love and friendliness, this song is top of the rest because of its appreciation of the female African species.
These are the most popular African songs of 2017. African music has come through a renaissance and as days go by, it’s getting better. The strong cultural and traditional values viewed in Africa have made it possible for the continent to uphold the status quo. But, as the world around Africa transforms, the impact will be felt and we shall also be able to see African music grow. Some of these African songs are making shock waves around the world and the back just doesn’t stop there. Let us appreciate African music.