Search Submit. From chart-topping singles to winning coveted accolades, these superstars contributed immensely towards making African music global. This year saw a couple of music heavyweights in the continent show their prowess while the others continued to strive to attain that height. We can go on and on, but to cut a long story short, we appreciate and salute each and every musician and industry player who made this year a blast! To celebrate a very successful , Face2Face Africa has compiled a list of some of the most popular African songs that made waves over the year and got people nodding their heads, snapping their fingers and dancing wherever they found themselves. Enter email address to receive updates from Face2face Africa Subscribe.
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In , African artists continued to make major strides by signing big deals, winning top awards, releasing memorable hits and collaborating with renowned musicians around the world. A number of African musicians amassed millions of YouTube views and gained new international fans on streaming platforms, earning much needed exposure. Like , has been a great year for Africa artists in terms of collaborations, although divisions were seen after the September xenophobic attacks in South Africa, with a number of local and foreign musicians cancelling shows in the country and abroad. Nonetheless, , the final year of the decade, can still be marked down as a successful one, as the African music industry continued to gain momentum. West Africa still commands a huge following and influence on the continent, as well as in the US and Europe.
There you are, with access to something like million hours of music and it's so difficult to choose just one song. We live in a time where our incredible access to music is both a blessing and a curse. How does one curate the thousands upon thousands of songs that will be released this year alone? Thankfully, we're pretty much tethered to our headphones most waking hours listening to all the latest tracks from the best and least known artists of today. Here, we've curated the best songs of so far. Listen to our Best of playlist on Spotify. Not Yola.
In May, the year-old was arrested for an alleged advance-fee scam and related cybercrimes after the release of a controversial song about Yahoo Boys a Nigerian phrase for internet fraudsters. Upon his release later that month, he caused a ruckus with the track Soapy, a middle finger to the authorities. Accompanied by a dance mimicking prison masturbation methods, it has elevated the Lagos-born, Peckham-bred rapper to national icon status. His grime flow, lewd lyrics, nimble footwork and unfiltered tweets are expanding that cult following internationally.