by Ezinne Chukwu Anyasodo
Sharing our favourite Afrobeats jams with you!
During the last year of lockdowns due to COVID-19, we’ve literally had nothing to do but stay home, explore social media and listen to music; in our case, Afrobeats music.
As such we’ve seen a new wave and era of Afrobeats; reaching the masses through Youtube, Instagram and especially TikTok, with millions of hashtags citing Afrobeats, Afrobeats dance challenge and Afro Dance. The musicality, the rhythms, the dance-ability and the vibe have resonated with so many around the world.
But what is ‘Afrobeats’? What are the best Afrobeats songs? Who are some of the best current artists in the field? Glad you asked. Read on to find out!
What is ‘Afrobeats’?
Firstly, Afrobeats is an umbrella term that describes the fusion of typically West African music and elements with other western modern genres of music such as Hip Hop, Electronic music, Dancehall, R&B, Soul, Folk and more. This particular fusion is characteristic of the global diasporic community of Africans and the melting pot of musical styles/cultures as Africans migrate and travel across the world. Afrobeats music includes both artists in the continent of Africa as well as artists of African descent in the diaspora; whose music is heavily influenced by African rhythms, musicality, slang and more.
Today, many of our favorite Afrobeats artists travel around the world for their music, reaching the wider African diasporic communities in Europe, North America, Asia & more. Not surprisingly, when it came to choosing our top afrobeats songs, the range was wide! There are so many different genres within the general umbrella of Afrobeats including Afropop, Afro folk, Afro soul, Afro/Grime but they may sound very different. Below, I’ve compiled a few of our favorite Afrobeats songs by established artists as well as up & coming artists from Benin, Nigeria, UK, US & etc. in no particular order.
What are our favourite Afrobeats songs?
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- Foreign - Bankuli & Not3s
- Godly - Omah Lay
- Smile - Wizkid ft H.E.R
- Wayo (Kpe Le Wu) - Wurld
- Know your worth - Khalid ft Tems & Davido
- Away - Ayra Starr
- Sugar Daddy - Big Tobz ft Mr. Eazi & Ms Banks
- Blessed - Wizkid ft Damian Marley
- Damages - Tems
- Koroba - Tiwa Savage
- Okay - Adekunle Gold
- No fit vex - Burna Boy
- Jerusalema - Master KG ft Nomcebo Zikode
- Own It - Stormzy, Burna Boy & Ed Sheeran
- Lento - Mr. Eazi & J Balvin
Hope you enjoy these jams!
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Drop us a comment below with the name of your favourite songs!
Burna Boy’s new album “Twice As Tall”. Absolutely love it. Favourite song on there is probably Monsters You Made!
Honestly love any songs made by Fuse ODG, but Dangerous Love hits the sweet spot. Or TINA. Or Jinja! hehe :3