Stating that African Music has come of age is an understatement. Music from the African continent continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Besides being well received and appreciated locally, the music is also creating storms in the international scene. Quite a number of singles are dominating the charts both locally as well as internationally. In brief, the list below comprises of the top 10 African Music to enjoy in 2014.
1. Number One – Davido Feat. Diamond
This song has continued to enjoy a long ride of success. Despite being released several months ago, it seems that this is the song to beat. The song which is a remix of a previous track done by Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz also features Nigeria’s hitmaker, Davido. From the look of things, this song is going places.
2. Million Pound Girl – FUSE ODG
“Million Pound Girl” was first released as a digital download on the 29th of December 2013 in the UK market. While it may look like the song has been on the charts for ages, it still continues to command a lot of following. The song has been composed and sang by Ghanaian-British rapper and singer, FUSE ODG.
3. Mama Africa – Bracket
Bracket who has been off the music scene for some time has made a comeback with this latest song “Mama Africa.” The singing duo is best remembered for being the hitmakers of the popular song “Yori Yori.” Just like the song’s title, this song is dedicated to all mothers in the region and featured Flavour.
4. Happiness – May D feat. Mafikizolo
“Happiness” brings together two of Africa’s best acts. May D has collaborated with top African artists. The artist featured in P Squares track “Chop my Money.” On the other hand,” Mafikizolo” is well-known for their unique music style which is majorly based on Kwaito genre of music. Happiness brings forth a fuse of Kwaito and urban hip-hop.
5. See Ya – Keko
See Ya by Ugandan born rap artist continue to feature among the top songs in most charts. Riding from her previous success, the Ugandan rap artist has clearly set the music standards quite high. Just like her previous chart-topping track “Make you dance,” Keko has also incorporated the “Feel Good Energy” in her latest track. She still uses her rapping skills to make you dance to the tune.
6. Komawo – Navio feat. Joanito Kawalya
Komawa is the only song from the East African region to feature in the top 10 African Music 2014. The song courtesy of Navio, one of Uganda’s finest also features Joanito Kawalya, an upcoming singing sensation. Besides being the most popular song in Uganda at the moment, it is also quite popular in the neighbouring countries.
7. Taste The Money (Testimony) – P Square
Following the success of their recent tack, “Personally,” the Nigerian singing duo are at it again. As always, Paul and Peter Okoye always seem to get their music right. “Taste The Money” which was released recently is currently riding high on the music charts both locally as well as in the region.
8. Rainbow – 2Face feat. T.Pain
Nigeria is known to be a force to reckon with when it comes to African music. Not only do they produce high-quality music, they also collaborate with top international artists. Well, 2Face Idibia just managed to up the bar. In this track, the Nigerian act features one of the best artists globally, T.Pain.
9. Aye – Davido
While still enjoying success from his top charting hit, Number one that he collaborated with Diamond, Davido also has another song riding high in the charts and billboards. The song “Aye” has been received quite well in the region. Although still quite new, it is constantly moving up the charts. In fact, it is only a matter of time before it reaches the peak.
10. Yawa Dey – Burna Boy
Yawa Dey has been receiving lots of airplay both locally and regionally. In addition, many people seem to just love the song. It has constantly appeared as the most requested song. The song performed by the young and upcoming Nigerian artist, Burna Boy follows in the footsteps of his previous track which is still quite popular with the “Young At Heart.”
If the trends being witnessed in different charts are anything to go by, then there will be quite some movements in the coming weeks if not days. Songs thought to be quite popular may soon be out of the charts while new music will be making an appearance. All said and done; only time will tell which songs will make it to the top 10 African Music 2014 in the coming days.
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