Music is universal and is a good way of entertainment which is why people enjoy and grove to songs in languages they do not understand. Africa has carved its own place in the global music industry with numerous delightful African gospel music videos and songs that are very edifying.
More interestingly, the thousands of African gospel music artists sing without giving up the African traditions and styles to meet the need of the audience rather than fully imitating American gospel music presumed to be its origin. Since its origin in the 20th century, the African gospel music industry which harbors a good number of artists has produced tasteful songs.
Like most secular songs, gospel music is now being uploaded online to reach a larger audience and bless people all over the world. This has also afforded Africans and non-Africans the opportunity to enjoy these songs. The higher the popularity of a song, the higher the views of its video would be. For anyone who is passionate about gospel music videos, these 10 African Gospel Music Videos on YouTube in 2020 are what may keep you going throughout the year.
1. Mercy Chinwo – Obinasom
Mercy Chinwo is one of the well-loved gospel artists in Nigeria. She has dropped many songs that have been well received both locally and internationally especially “Excess Love” which she remixed with JJ Hairston, “Chinedum” and “Akamdinelu” to mention a few. She dropped the official video for the newest of her song “Obinasom in February 2020 and it already has 13 million views on YouTube.
2. GUC – All That Matters
This sonorous music video was uploaded on January 1st, 2020. The video was produced by EeZeeConcepts, Nigeria who signed the singer Gift Ugochi Godspower (GUC) in 2019. The song was recorded Live. The lyrics of this song are soothing and it already has over 12 million views on YouTube.
3. Benjamin Dube – “Glory in His Presence Album”
The album was dropped by the renowned South African gospel singer in September 2019 but uploaded to YouTube in 2020. It has 25 songs on it and features several local and international foreign artists like JustHlo Mohlala, Unathi Mzekeli, Xoli Mncwango, Mahalia Buchanan, Jekalyn Carr, Vashawn Mitchell & Liesi Penniken, Johnny Vilakazzi, Faith Mussa, Khaya Mthethwa, and so on. Most of the songs (including Bow Down and Worship, You Will Never Leave Me, The Only One, Ngilawule, No Foreign God, God Lives, Do It) have garnered millions of views on YouTube thanks to their powerful lyrics and message.
4. Sinach – ALWAYS WIN
This video was uploaded in July and its message is one that resonates with many all over the world. Named the Gospel artist of the decade by Pulse-TV, Sinach features a number of great singers across the globe to encourage believers to keep their hope alive despite the COVID 19 pandemic as we will always come out victorious. The song features Martin PK, Cliff M, Farlon Lyte M from Africa, Brian Kim, Zefanate Worship from France, Soraya Moraes from Brazil, Bonny Andrews from India, and Jeremy Innes from Australia.
Lots of efforts must have gone into editing and putting the final video together as it is obvious that it was individually taken by these individuals and put together. It came out beautifully at the end with Sinach powering through in her breathtaking vocals. It already has over 163k views on YouTube.
This is one of the many songs by Sinach to make huge waves. Her song Way Maker which was released and uploaded in 2015 has over 152 million views and is currently the third most-streamed song in the world on YouTube. Likewise, Omemma which was uploaded in Nov 2019 has about 6 million views on the social media platform.
The song has been covered by a number of globally acclaimed Christian music artists such as Michael W. Smith, Leeland; Christafari; Passion Worship Bank; Maranda Curtis; and Bethel Music to mention a few.
5. Dunsin Oyekan – Fragrance To Fire
According to Dunsin Oyekan, he sensed an urgency in his spirit to document and record the song in March 2020 when the Covid-19 Crisis was yet to shake down the world. The song which encourages believers to utilize the weapon of worship fast became a popular one among millions of Christians. Dunsin’s personal trauma of losing his wife in 2019 has left its mark in a way and deepened his relationship with God. He seems to dig deep and create songs that resonate with everyone. The video of “Fragrance To Fire has over 895 k views on YouTube.
6. Christina Shusho – LITAPITA
The official music video was uploaded on the 2nd of May 2020. The Tanzanian born gospel artist has a large fan base in Kenya and the buzz around her personal life in the past few months has been extraordinary. The video already has 307k views has a very strong message of encouragement. Even though it isn’t rendered in English, it is still very lyrical and continues to garner views and likes.
7. Sauti Sol- Brighter Days FT. Soweto Gospel Choir
This song is a collaborative effort between Sauti Sol (a secular musical group in Nairobi, Kenya) and the renowned Soweto Gospel Choir. The music video was uploaded on YouTube in April 2020 and already has close to 2 million views. The song is one of hope for brighter days ahead and the lyrics are rendered in a mixture of English and Swahili. The video was directed by Ofentse Mwase and filmed at Downtown Music Hub, Joburg, South Africa.
8. Pillar of Fire – Sonnie Badu ft. RockHill Songs
The song was uploaded on YouTube in March 2020 and features the UK-based Ghanian gospel artist and the Rockhill band. Sonnie who has been described as one of the most flourishing gospel export artists emerging from Africa in recent years really dug deep for this song. The video has a beautiful ambiance and synergy. It has over 100k views on YouTube already.
9. Nzakomeza – Aline Gahongayire
The Rwandan gospel singer is known for her powerful vocals and she came through in this song. Aline has remained graceful despite facing several challenges in her personal life. This has made her life and songs very inspirational to many. The song “Nzakomeza” is about total trust and dependence on God even when things seem bleak. The video was produced by IK Clement and uploaded on YouTube on the 10th of June 2020. It already has close to 56k views.
10. Ambassadors of Christ Choir Rwanda – UMUBYEYI GITO
This video was uploaded on YouTube on the 27th of June 2020. The message is very clear and it’s directed at the supposed ‘Sugar Daddy’ and the young women that dances to their tune. The song emphasis the Grace in Jesus that can help them overcome all. The video drew the full attention of gospel video lovers and was produced by the Ambassadors of Christ choir of Rwanda, the video racked up over 60K views just after two weeks of getting posted on YouTube.