There is nothing like a little motivation when you go out to battle the extra pounds that were picked up over the holidays. These popular african music artists know how to get your blood umping and your body cooperating to your exercise routine. Here are 5 insanely motivating African music jams for your morning workout.
African Music#1 – Story – Harrysong (Nigeria)
When it comes to African music workout motivation, you can’t go wrong with Harrysong’s “Story”. The enthusiastic vibe and lyrics of the song will pick you up and get you right into the mood to burn some calories.
African Music#2 – Walou – KeBlack Ft Niska (Congo)
Keblack and crew have mastered the party vibe. Want that “video vixen” look? Or maybe you are a dude working on your 6 pack abs. Keblack knows just how to put you in the mental state envisioning yourself looking suave and balling with your crew. All the motivation you need for your reps.
African Music#3 – Se Fue – Arash (Iran) Ft Mohombi (Congo)
Arash and Mohombi have us loving squats. If you have not tried it, play this jam when doing your squats and see how the reps come so naturally.
African Music#4 – Ma Girl – Toofan (Cameroon/Togo) Ft Patoranking (Nigeria)
We bet our bicep dips on this song or you can try your push ups with it too. This song gets your muscles to corporate without too much resistance to the aches that are necessary to get trim.
Song#5 – Bend Down – 2Kingz Ft Timaya, Patoranking (Nigeria)
Ok, so Timaya and his boys can’t seem to help themselves with the butt shaking girls in their video. We are no fans of the objectification of of these women. With that said, the song has earn its spot on our workout playlist.
Song#6 – Mannequin – Fally Ipupa (DR Congo) ft Keblack (Congo) and Naza (Congo)
This is the kind of song you listen to in the gym when you have broken up with your ex and you are determined to make him sweat bricks and salivate when he sees how smoking hot you have become. We can’t stop hitting ‘repeat’ on this track.
Song#7 – Love you Die – Patoranking (Nigeria) Ft Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Patoranking and Diamond Platnumz had us a “Win win win, Win win win, We go dey, win win win, If them no like, na them know oh”. This song on blast will have you doubling down on the treadmill for those trim thighs.
Song#8 – Apéritif Yamoukidi – Debordo Leekumfa (Ivory Coast)
This is one of those songs that prompts your body to move. Put it on blast, lace up those shoes and kick off your power walk. You might find yourself hitting replay a few times.
Song#9 – Chocolat – Lartiste (Morroco) Ft Awa Imani (Guinea/Senegal)
Lartiste and Awa Imani give us another treadmill favorite. You might find yourself dancing on the treadmill singing Chocolat … if your gym mates give you funny looks for being loud with your head phones on, just sing it out louder. Your vibe will become addictive.
Song#11 – Power – Magasco, Locko, Minx, Tenor, Rythmz (Cameroon)
Yes we love this song. This is just perfect for some sumo squats. Get the burn as you do your dip to this jam. You will find yourself increasing your reps just to enjoy the vibe of this jam a little longer.
Song#12 – La Danse Du Martin – Hiro, Naza, Jaymax, Youssoupha, KeBlack & Dj Myst (Congo)
This song is all about the morning dance. These guys know how to put out beats that trigger a great deal of action.
Song#13- Ring The Bell – J. Martins (Nigeria)
J. Martins is a natural favorite for the figure 8 chasers. We love the beat and could not have a list of addictive vibes without this song onit.
Soweto Gospel Choir Beat Three African Nominees to Win Third Grammy
The annual Grammy Award is a celebration of music achievements in over 80 categories. Of all the categories, the Best World Music Album is reserved for international performers exhibiting “non-European, indigenous traditions”. Four African Albums were nominated for this category in the 61st Grammy Award. This includes;
However, it was the Soweto Gospel Choir that took home the award for their album, Freedom.
The annual celebration for the coveted award took place on Sunday 10th February 2019. However, this is not the first time that the group will be taking home the award. In fact, it is their third win in five nominations. The album ‘Freedom’ is a rendition of popular South African liberation struggle songs. Mulalo and Mary Mulovhedzi, and album producer Diniloxolo Ndlakuse Shimmy Jiyane were on stage to receive the award on behalf of the group.
Interesting details about the album
The Choir recorded the album in June 2018 as a tribute to Nelson Mandela’s 100 Years celebration. Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. The album is a collection of famous South African struggle songs. A worthy inclusion in the album is a brilliant version of ‘Asimbonanga’ by Johnny Clegg. The album release happened in the United States in 2018. The group also completed a three-month tour in the United States. The group will perform songs from the album in Cape Town Jazz Festival coming up in March. Soweto Gospel Choir also plans Australasia album tour from July to September 2019.
History and previous awards
David Mulovhedsi co-founded the group with Beverly Bryer, a producer, and director 17 years ago. The group won the Grammy in ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ category in 2007. In 2008 they also took home the award in the same category for their album ‘African Spirit’. The win at the just-concluded 61st Grammy Award makes it their third. The group has also won the Metro FM Music Award and four South African Music Awards. Soweto Gospel Choir’s collaboration with pop icon U2 also won the Emmy.
The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter to congratulate the group for their win. He wrote,
“Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #Grammys. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”
Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high. pic.twitter.com/03QH3YZ8ZU
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) February 11, 2019
Davido Is Second Nigerian Artist To Sell Out The 20000 Seat London O2 Arena
Musicians always strive to increase their fanbase. The multiple award-winning superstar David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido recently sold out the O2 Arena, London. Although the artist frequently performs in front of large audiences, selling out the O2 Arena is a big deal. Most importantly, it shows the appreciation of his music abroad.
On the night of January 27, 2019, he thrilled a crowd of about 20,000 fans. His energetic performance cuts across old and new hit songs. Celebrities at the event include Naomi Campbell, Tim Westwood, and the Editor of British Vogue magazine Edward Enninful. Idris Elba was on stage to introduce the superstar. In 2018 Wizkid’s AfroRepublik concert sold out the same venue. Davido made it clear that it was also his dream to achieve the same feat. Besides Davido and Wizkid, only a few artists in Africa can boast of the same achievement. Therefore, artists who do consider it a great milestone.
A recap of what happened at the event
First of all, international DJ Tim Westwood and Nigerian DJ Ecool entertained the crowd in preparation for the main event. Thereafter, rising artists like Dremo, Idowest, Mayorkun, Yonda, and Zlatan thrilled the fan. These artists are all signed to the DMW record label owned by Davido. Other artists on stage to support the superstar were Victor AD and Tomi Agape.
After Davido’s introduction by Idris Elba, he appeared on stage on a suspended platform. The superstar got loud cheers from his eagerly anticipating fans. All the artists who performed that night were exceptional. However, the overwhelming cheer made it clear who the audience wanted to see. He cranked up his performance with his smash hit ‘Aye’ before switching to other hit songs. Some of the songs he performed include ‘Assurance’, ‘Dami Duro’, ‘Fall’ and ‘If’. While performing ‘Assurance’, he brought his girlfriend to the stage. The lovebirds shared a passionate kiss to the admiration of fans.
A proud display of cultural heritage
Davido is one artist that is proud of his identity and we love it!
He appeared on stage rocking the hand-beaded bomber jacket created by the OKUNOREN brothers, Taiwo and Kehinde. The brothers started the brand in 2002 importing men’s wear. However, many years later, they revolutionized the brand to focus more on local content. The dark jacket was creatively designed using colorful beads. Speaking about the jacket the brothers said,
“This is a piece from the sacred yet to be released collection. The creation of the collection requires a deep understanding of the divinity of the Yoruba people.”
This is not the first time Davido is proudly displaying his Yoruba heritage. He frequently speaks about his local food in interviews. This may be because the Yorubas are naturally inclined to their culture. The Yorubas are one of the three dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria. They dominate the South-western part of the country.
Janet Jackson gives off a Wakanda vibe in her new song with Daddy Yankee
Its touchdown people! She did it again! one of the most amazing artist of all times, yours truly Janet Jackson has done another masterpiece alongside Daddy Yankee. This time she brings the Wakanda vibe to life in a vibrant colorful display of artistry and entertainment.
The addictive melody and colorful afrocentric pieces had me in my closet pulling out my ankara dress and move to the beat in pure celebration of the lighthearted joy that this song brings. The melody will have you dancing no matter who or where you are. All you have to do is listen with your heart and feel the positive energy flowing from the sound.The images and actions speak for themselves,they tell a beautiful story.Yes we all are made for now! Almost everyone in the video is dressed in African fabric,with different colors and patterns.
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From shorts, to gowns, to jackets and shirts – quite the combination too. She went all out with the scarfs and exotic necklaces, all designed to suit her visually captivating style.
If you think that is awesome check out the accessories in the video. What! The different necklaces used says beauty, royalty, strength and confidence. Daddy Yankee rolled with the vibe too.
Did you see the car yet? if you didn’t notice, it has an African design to it. The graffiti designs on the wall, the contagious dance moves from the entire crew … Everything about this song says gives a Wakanda flavor. The only missing piece was the Wakanda greeting, if you know what i mean.
'If you're livin' for the moment Don't stop, and celebrate the feelin' Go up, if you're livin' for the moment Don't stop, 'cause there ain't no ceilings Go up' - Made for now by Janet Jackson Click To Tweet
The song talks of a people, a culture, a love so strong nothing else matters. And unity is strength which means it is time to join together and seize the moment. No waiting for tomorrow because we are all made for now!!!
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