I was lucky enough backpack down East Africa by land from Egypt to Mozambique for over a year and a half visiting 12 East African countries. Here, in no particular order is my African Playlist. Hopefully it will have the effect it has on me, which is it gets me dancing, and if not hopefully at least it will put a smile on your face and give you a taste of Africa. If you are reading this, you made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations!
For East African music, has been all about pushing boundaries in sound, and boosting the number of Pan-African collaborations. With a number of high-profile features from the likes of Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage and Nyashinski, Kenya's top band Sauti Sol continued the roll-out of their long-awaited Afrikan Sauce album. Their dominance in this part of the continent is undeniable, and with every new chart-topping single released, this impressive ensemble continues to revolutionize the face of East African music.
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From West to East and Southern Africa, music across the continent has been rich in sound and quality since the turn of the year and the Pulse Music Writers across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya with help from South Africa has got you covered. In no particular order, we have compiled a list of 20 songs that have got Africa grooving so far in featuring some of the biggest songs since the start of the year. Initially an Acapella group, then they were joined by guitarist Polycarp Otieno, to complete the quartet called Sauti Sol. They released the song 'Short N Sweet' in May and it immediately grew into one of the biggest songs in the region. Tanzanian singer, Harmonize teams up with his label boss, Wasafi Record and award winning Diamond Platnumz on this heavy joint. Released late last year, but fully burned the charts at the beginning of , leading Kenyan group, Sauti Sol team up with Nigeria's Patoraking on this mellow joint that appreciates the beauty of the African woman. Diamond Platnumz is one of those artists from East Africa whose music has successfully transcended beyond the region and made himself a household name even in Nigeria. The talented singer teams up with Rayvanny and the duo provide us with another anthem to give our wedding playlist the perfect vibe.
Search Submit. From chart topping singles to winning coveted accolades, these superstars contributed immensely towards making African music global. The year saw notable highlights with some African acts breaking glass ceilings.