African songs have a key element to the melody that makes them very unique. Africa is the second largest continent in the world and there are very many cultures in this continent. All these cultures have their own music which stems from their traditions. This therefore makes Africa one of the continents with a very wide variety of music there can be world-wide. Music in Africa is set to narrate stories about people’s lives. These stories are usually set around the individuals’ livelihoods and time.
List of Top 10 Best African Songs of All Time until in 2017
10. Almost anything
This is a song by the big time singer Kofi Olomide from Congo. For many people who dancing is a great sport, this song became one of the best. It became one of the greatest hits of all time immediately it was released. Apart from Africa, this song hit the airwaves in almost all parts of the world and Kofi made a big name for himself. Apart from that, this is still a very well listened to song even now. It is a song that inspired other musicians too.
9. Nasema Nawe
This is a song by Diamond a big Tanzanian Musician who has made it big in the music industry. Over time he has been able to do very many albums and at the same time also do various collaborations with musicians from all over such as Nigeria. This song Nasema nawe features Khadija Kopa and has taken the air waves by surprise. This is a song that has been received world-wide and is still viewed as one of the best there is. Diamond has risen from humble beginnings to become a musician with a huge fan base not only in East Africa, but all over Africa. He also has fans in the rest of the world.
8. Water No get Enemy
This is a song by the late Fela Kuti from Nigeria. Being one of the pioneers of the Afro-Beat Music this musician saw in his time the rise of several of some of the best musicians Africa has had. This still remains one of the best and most popular African songs there is. This songs has also become an inspirations to many musicians who have taken up the Afro-beat as their preferred genre. Fela Kuti was a controversial artiste; at one time he declared a republic independent of Nigeria. He was however arrested.
7. Premier Gaou
This is Magic System from Ivory Coast. This song was released in 2002 and the album sold very many copies. They were over 1 million copies of the albums sold in Africa and over 300000 copies in France. This is a song that was later featured in various remixes still seeing to its longevity. It is one of the major songs in play during that time till now. For many, especially from Ivory Coast and French speaking countries, this is one of the best all time songs.
6. Prisoner by Lucky Dube
One of the greatest musicians of all times. This is one guy whose music traveled far and wide. Prisoner was a great piece that went to great places. Even after his death, his legacy in this song still lives on. Even after his death his music is still listened to and he is still a legend to very many people. Apart from this song, many of the others are also great hits even to date. This musician was shot dead in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2008. Lucky as he is fondly called, remains the best reggae musician Africa has every produced. His legacy still lives on.
This is a song by Iyanya one of the greatest musicians from Nigeria, and just like the song says, he and the song deserve some applause. It is one of the top African hit songs of all times. A song whose glory will not end anytime soon. This is actually one of the greatest songs that have received some attentions from all over the world even the outside of Africa. This is one amongst the Top 10 Best African Songs of All Time until 2017.
This song by Yvonne Chaka Chaka is one of the greatest African Music inventions. This song meaning African Beer is one of the greatest hits by this South African lady which have with time lasted this long. She is a lady whose legacy still lives on even after all this time. This album was released in 2007 and is still one of the greatest songs there is out there. She is also one of the greatest artists who has inspired very many other artists over the years.
3. African Queen
This is a song by 2Face Idibia, one of the most talented ladies from Nigeria. She is one lady who has made music that has lived on. With the smooth and nice sound. This song made it to many headlines as one of the best ones when it was released. It has been played virtually everywhere including in weddings and very many other parties. This is one of the greatest African hits there is out there.
2. Personally by P-squared
This is a duo of twins who have made it big in this music industry. Since when they started to now, they have kept producing hit after hit after hit which keeps them high on that board. Personally is one of their greatest hits that was received by very many people worldwide and is still a great one years after its release.
1. Sura yako by Sauti sol.
A Kenyan group that has grown over the years and is now one of the best ones in Africa and world-wide. This song Sura Yako is one that took the airwaves by a storm and has since then stayed top of the boards. Even after that, they have kept producing more hits including one most recent which is collaboration with a Tanzanian musician, Alikiba called unconditional love.
These above are the Top 10 Best African Songs of All Time until 2017. There are very many African songs that have been release. Most of them have been great and will be taken up in many places around the world. Africa is a continent that brings together its many cultures to produce great music