African popular music is increasingly finding a space in the global narrative. Here are 9 Afro-pop songs to check out right now.
Skiibii x Reekado Banks – “Banger”
Nigerian artists Skiibii and Reekado Banks did set their tongues on seductive mode as they once again linked on a record. Calling it “Banger”, the two crafted a captivating mid-tempo tune. The track carries chilled, melodic, laidback yet danceable beats which befits the sensual lyrics. The two had previously collaborated on “London” and “Sensima”.
Nana Fofie – “Yeno Ntem”
Dutch-Ghanaian singer Nana Fofie has a lovely new song in the name of “Yeno Ntem”. The Afro-pop jam bears sweet lyrics and sultry vocals which are delivered playfully over a dance-inducing instrumentation. The production is crisp and gives the song an irresistible summer vibe. “Yeno Ntem” precedes Fofie’s highly anticipated second EP.
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Nandy x Harmonize – “Acha Lizame”
Tanzanian superstars Nandy and Harmonize join forces to create “Acha Lizame”. The music video is steamy and takes cue from the artists’ erotic talk hidden within their poetic lyrics.
Pzeefire – “Blessings”
“Blessings” is a motivational song that emerging Nigerian/Ghanaian artist Pzeefire released as part of his Hustle & Heart EP. With it, the singer’s charisma is brought out. “Blessings” was produced by DoozyBeatz and released via Star Life Entertainment. It is accompanied by a music video that underscores the singer’s profound message.
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Tenny Eddy & Mwuana – “Komaro”
“Komaro” is the song that introduces new duo Tenny Eddy & Mwuana. While Tenny is an upcoming Nigerian singer, Mwuana is a Swedish rap artist/producer. Together, they’ve created an EP that melds Afrobeats, Grime, Dancehall and electronic flavours. “Komaro” was produced by lordofdabeat and got us amped up in anticipation of the EP.
Nadia Mukami – “Million Dollar”
Kenyan songstress Nadia Mukami continues her ascent with the song/video “Million Dollar”. As we already know, each track she creates is like a playground for her to showcase her polished songwriting, sweet vocals and sassy attitude. In that regard, this new one is no different.
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Jah Prayzah – “Donhodzo”
Last month, Zimbabwean musician Jah Prayzah released a 15-track album titled Hokoyo. “Donhodzo”, which we’re highlighting, is one of the songs and features a fast-paced guitar rhythm that will get any listener up on their feet.
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Femi One x Kagwe Mungai – “Form Today”
After scoring a national hit with her Mejja-assisted song “Utawezana”, Nairobi-based rapper and singer Femi One returns with another one. This time, the Kaka Empire-signed artist features Kagwe Mungai on the track “Form Today”.
Krizbeatz x Diamond Platnumz x Ceeboi – “Abi”
Nigerian producer Krizbeatz, Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz and fast-rising Afro-pop artist Ceeboi (Nigeria) did team for an East-meets-West collaboration. The song they made is named “Abi” and is as good as we’d expected.
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