Africa is a great and beautiful continent that consists of people of various regions with diverse culture and tradition. However, African songs have various styles and rhythms depending on the region or part of the continent. A lot of these African songs describe the culture of a particular region or country, and at most time it goes as far as narrating our day to day activities.
African songs over time have become populous and enjoyable both in Africa and all over the world. We would be briefly touching as of the songs that have shaped and defined music in the continent over time.
Project Monkz feat Maulana- Once A Slave (Ghana)
Project Monks are a group of talented rappers from Ghana comprising of Ram Zee, Sun Rays, Issa da Habinjah and Alpha Saint Quran. This group was derived from the mother group called Black Monkz. The main reason for this song was to advocate for the total end on slavery in Africa
Vuli Ndlela By Late Brenda Fassie (South Africa)
Released in 1997 by Brenda Fassie (of blessed memory), the late South African anti-apartheid Afro pop singer released this hit track and basically you didn’t have to understand the words to be moved by the song at that time. Years after her death Vuli Ndlela is still regarded as one the best African songs ever recorded in the continent.
Water No Get Enemy By Fela Kuti (Nigeria)
Sang by late legend and icon Fela Kuti. This song still remains one of the most powerful and driven African songs ever released. The Nigeria born artist went down in history books as the inventor of Afro-beat music.
Premier Gaou by Magic System (Ivory Coast)
Ivory Coast was the hometown of this creative and dynamic group. Magic System recorded and released hit track ‘Premier Gaou’ in 2002, the song album sold millions of copies in Africa and over 300,000 copies in France. Due to the popularity of the song, it was subsequently remixed and its beat was used by some African artists.
Prisoner By Lucky Dube (South Africa)
Lucky Dube, in almost all his track still sounds so interesting and new even though he had passed away. The South Africa reggae artist was shot dead on 18th October 2007 on the street of Johannesburg. If You indeed have a soft touch for music, You will agree with me that he was really remarkable and this song touches the sensitive part of your heart when you listen to it.
Umqombothi by Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
Yvonne Chaka Chaka is one of the colonists in the South African music industry. This beautiful and very talented songstress has written and recorded a lot of hit songs, but this particular track “Umqombothi” meaning (“African Beer”) guaranteed her stardom. Yvonne Chaka Chaka was honored by the WEF Crystal Award, listed as the 8th Most Powerful African and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World. You can’t help but love this woman for her musical talent, beauty, and humanitarian services to humankind.
Wombo Lombo By Angélique Kidjo (Cotonou, Benin)
Everything about that song “Wombo Lombo” represents Africa, the costume, the dance and Kidjo’s strong voice made the song one of the best in Africa. No doubt this song was a jam when it was released and according to Wikipedia Angelique Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine.
Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga (Nigeria)
Dedicated to all mothers, Prince Nico Mbarga, recorded “Sweet Mother” in 1976, and he sold an estimate of over 13 million copies. Sweet Mother is still regarded as an Africa’s anthem when it comes to celebrating mothers and the remarkable roles they played im our lives. This song would always be remembered from generation to generation.
Coupe Bibamba By Awilo Longomba (Congo)
Coupe Bibamba released by Awilo Longomba broke into the market in 1998, and this gained him instant recognition in Africa and beyond. The song which has its own style of dance called “Makossa Dance” was enjoyed all over Africa and the world as a whole.
Seven Seconds by Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)
Describing the first remarkable seven seconds in the life of every newborn, arguably unaware of problems in the world. The song “7 Seconds” was released by Youssou N’Dour in 1994, and sold out millions of copies in Africa and in some European countries.