African music is such a delicious concoction of sound that our ears can never stop listening. It has outgrown its traditional cocoon growing into such global appeal, congesting global dance floors with energetic dancing shoes. Thus let us take a stroll to YouTube and see the top 25 African music videos uploaded in May that were viewed most.
25. Rwanda – Buravan ft Ay: Just a Dance
Just a dance deservedly makes the list for the month. The smooth calming flow from the scintillating Rwandan artist, Buravan is stirred tastefully by the ecstatic rap vigor coming from Ay. The night scenery of the video perfectly paints the sensual feel that fills the vocals.
24. Ghana – E.L: See me Sometime
Gentlemanly soft approach from the Ghanaian sensation E.L makes the romantic atmosphere in this video more captivating. Even if the video doesn’t put much of dance on the plate, its appeal is delicately preserved in the romantic sceneries that keeps the amusement afloat.
23. Ghana – Sister Deborah ft Medikal: Samapanana
The oddness of the song makes it even more interesting. Medikal brings in his rattling medication to the sound with his commandeering baritone. The peculiarity of the vocals gets more entertaining with the Ghanaian flavor it is served with. The video matches it all with some vehement dance moves.
22. Tanzania – Snura ft Yamoto band: Nionee wivu
Admirable video from the Tanazanian combo of Snura and the Yamoto band . Everything enters judiciously to present a tantalizing dish for the eyes. The melody doesn’t disappoint a moment. Big shot here with Snura making things more savory with some sensual dance moves.
21. Uganda – Belle 9 & G Nako: Ma Ole
The video is rich with cultural identity, flourishing with those beaming African smiles. The calmness and satiating peace of the vocals are embellished by the ambience that comes with the basic African way of life.
20. Nigeria – Banky W: Heaven
The African entertainment industry volcanically shook to the news of the Nigerian superstar singer Banky W getting engaged to Nigerian actress Adesuwa. This video is littered with their lovebird pictures. Banky W asks if their love could stretch past earth to heaven. Possible though…but Banky W should well know if their love makes it to heaven, it remains to be known if they would have their private bedroom there!
19. Ghana – Mr Eazi: Feelings
Here the Ghanaian frenzy, Eazi comes in closely here again. We can’t help admire the ability of Mr Eazi to chuck in messages into melodies especially in a modern age of music when the sound ends up in the ears without sending a message. The video shows a Mr Eazi frantic of the destruction his feelings could wreck if unleashed.
18. Ghana – Eassy ft Mr Eazi: Forever
Smooth delicate appeal accentuates the video. Ghanaian Eazi in his characteristic genius brings his lines out confidently bending them into a lively twist that prickles the ears enjoyably. His Ghanaian compatriot Eassy doesn’t let him down with her beauty and vocals lighting and heating the video respectively.
17. Tanzania – Beka Flavor: Libebe
This is a nice one from Tanzanian beaming artiste Beka Flavor. Soft sound and an admirable resplendence to the video. The modern aura of the video along with the cultural vocals paint a beautiful contrast for your eyes and your ears to enjoy.
16. Ghana – Shatta Wale ft Shatta Michay: Low Tempo
Low Tempo from Ghanaian duo Shatta Wale and Shatta Michay comes in with its big vibes admirably. Shatta Wale does nice work with the masculine toughness his vocals are laced with. Michay massages things up with her womanly aura well displayed in the video. Just the two of them in the video, but this agrees well with the low tempo theme which is more of a personalized private relationship.
15. Tanzania – Nedy: Dozee
Exhilarating show from Tanzanian steaming star Needy. The video is a big one nailed to the top chart with the absorbing dance moves from Nedy and his cohorts. When you bring in the melody to the powerful video, it is overflowing entertainment. You need the best of self-discipline to watch this video just once.
14. Nigeria – Banky W: Kololo
One thing is you can always bank on Nigerian superstar Banky W to deliver his goods. In this video, an Arabian Banky W takes his damsel through the desert giving her an oasis of love to drink from. Kololo nails it, though we weren’t really expecting less from a Banky W who has been around for long in the music industry.
13. Kenya – Nyashinski: Aminia
Here comes the Kenyan star with a fresh turn this time. The rap is enveloping and its traditional stripes to the rap makes it more peculiar. Big work from rhymes Nyashinski. The rap enters well with the rasping visuals.
12. Tanzania – Lavalava: Tuachane
Lavalava another big shot from Tanzania entices us with his soothing appeal sure to get you in the Cupid mode. The emotions are dripping from this one frantically as eLavalava in this video tells us the potholes true love has to ride through. Palliating sounds served on a powerful video. Good work!
11. Nigeria – Koredo Bello: Butterfly
Here comes the Nigerian young darling Koredo Belllo with his dazzling smile tantalizing enough to get one’s grandma drooling. Butterfly has its endearing easy going path that flows steadily to your brain in a yet a strong appeal. The video brings the amiability in the song to the fore, gets your heart swarming with butterflies.
10. Nigeria – Adekunle Gold: Only Girl ft Moelogo
Adekunle brings this unique flavor with his proud traditional appeal. The enigmatic Nigerian Adekunle is one guy daring enough not hide his Africanism behind modern vibes and he peppers this videos with that cultural feel that keeps reminding us of our roots. British-Nigerian Moelogo keeps the train rolling well too. Altogether the video faithfully marries the vibrant song in one perfect musical matrimony.
9. Nigeria – Timaya: Dance ft Rudeboy
There is this entertaining nonchalance that comes with the Nigerian rockstar Timaya videos and this one wasn’t lacking it in anyway. Spiced up with big names characters like the megastar Paul from the famous Nigerian Psquare group and superstar Nollywood actor Jim Iyke, you can be sure it was a big-boy party. And sure the money flooded the video.
8. Nigeria – Tiwa Savage: All over you
The Nigerian bombshell Tiwa Savage got YouTube all rocking with her “All over you” video. The video dripping with her feminine aura is sure to capture you inside. Tiwa’a stunning look and hypnotic voice all sew strong ropes to tie you the video. Sure you will be watching it over and over again- even in church!
7. Kenya – Nyashinski: Malaika
No feeling as electric as true love and Kenyan star Nyanshinski does well to tap from this, electrifying this video with high voltage emotional atmosphere. The romantic video presents the emotional roller-coaster side of relationships, bumping up and down. Nyanshinski shows us in this cameo that love is the most beautiful jewelry our heart can ever wear.
6. Nigeria – Reekado Banks ft Vanessa Mdee: Move
The promising Nigerian acts reinstates his musicals talents with “Move”. Reekando always perfumes his song with his peculiar vigor and this video was smelling it avidly- well partnered with the enterprising Vanessa. The cultural dances of the video provide a refreshing departure from the modern feel of the vocals.
5. Congo – Arash feat Mohombi: Se Fue
The urban feel of this video perfectly reverberates with scintillating melodies reeling from the vocals. Definitely the song to epidemically spread the party demeanor all around even getting a nun grinding to the absorbing sounds. Swedish-Iranian Arash combined beautifully with Swedish-Congolese. The video paints that party ecstasy that brings day to your night.
4. Tanzania – Darassa: Hasara Roho
The cultural vibes of this video blends well into the urban frenzy of the video. Tanzanian Darassa’s electric flurry of rhymes enters well into the nice visuals. Spicing up things with the captivating dance stunts, the video couldn’t get any better.
3. Togo – Toofan ft Patoranking: Ma Girl
Lovely video oozing youthful frenzy and party exuberance.Togolese Toofan and Nigerian Patoranking were impressive in making this musical bomb. Sure song to sentence you to the dance floor. Powerful vocals judiciously flanked with some enigmatic dance steps from the video. Sweaty performance all over the video preserves the heated spirit, gets you buckling your dance shoes excitedly for a hardworking dance escapade ahead.
2. Nigeria – Krizbeats ft Davido, Tekno: Erima
Soft and easygoing flows from Nigerian acts Davido and Tekno. The melody well preserved in the romantic tempo of the sound judiciously flanked with some frolicking dance moves. The hooks and the jerks in the song are tastefully cooked and when spiced with the amusing video, it is a nourishing meal for the eyes and ears.
1. Nigeria – Major Lazer: Run up
A good volume of energy in this Afromashup video. Strong sounds from Yung L and his fellow Nigerian accomplices Skales and Chopstix, completely murdering the video excitedly. And when you are about giving them all thumbs up for an excellent work, Nicki Minaj comes with her absorbing vibes making the song an overdose of enjoyment. The visuals dutifully corresponds the vigor of the vocals.
That brings us to the curtain which we have to draw on the top 25 African music YouTube for the month of May. Africa music is not joining the dinosaurs any time soon; it has come to stay globally!
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Davido Just Released A New Remix Of His Song “Fall” With Busta Rhymes
Davido’s “Fall” is by far his most successful single till date. Since the release of the track in 2017, it has earned over 113 million YouTube views. Recently it broke the record as the longest pop song in Billboard history. It appears the multiple award-winning pop star wants to extend the reign of the song. Davido recently released the remix to “Fall” where he teamed up with veteran rapper Busta Rhymes and Brooklyn-based MC Prayah.
Before the release a few days ago, Busta Rhymes teased his followers on Instagram. The song begins with Busta Rhymes dropping his signature rap style before giving way for Prayah. However, besides the introduction of international acts, every other part of the song remained the same.
‘Fall’ became the first Nigerian music video to cross the 100 million views mark on YouTube last year. With the introduction of Busta Rhymes, Davido would hope to achieve more success with the remix. While some fans may argue that Busta Rhymes time on the song was very short, it still gives fans something to hold onto while waiting eagerly for his LP produced by Dr. Dre.
Top 10 Most Popular Songs From Davido
Unlike many artists that base their success on the number of studio albums they have, Davido has just one. However, since coming into the music industry in 2011 he has not shown signs of slowing down. Each year he thrills fans with solo tracks or collaborations that quickly turn to an anthem. Here are 10 of Davido’s most popular songs.
Not many critics gave Davido a chance when he released Fall in 2017. Fall was his second single for the year and a follow-up to ‘IF’. However, a few weeks after its release ‘Fall’ became the top pick for most celebrations, thanks to its comic love lyrics. With over 100 million YouTube views and platinum rank by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), ‘Fall’ is by far his most popular song.
Released in February 2017, ‘If’ has garnered over 77 million views on Youtube. The phrase ‘30 billion for the account’ has become a popular slogan in the country and beyond. ‘If’ also earned the singer awards like Best African Act (MTV EMA), Best Worldwide Act, and Artist of the Year.
Aye is a love song. Released days before Valentine’s Day gave the song a head start. The lyrics which separates true love from materialism quickly caught the attention of fans. Davido went ahead to win the prestigious Headies song of the year award in 2014 for Aye. Aye has over 53 million views on YouTube.
Davido fans will not forget 2017 in a hurry. Late in that year Davido released FIA which is another love song told in a comic way. Fia has also garnered over 59 million views on YouTube
The popularity of skelewu cannot be separated from its unique dance step. At that time people were scampering to participate in what would have been tagged ‘Skelewu dance challenge’ today. Ace footballers like Samuel Eto’o and Emmanuel Adebayo were caught dancing to the song.
Davido is familiar with drama and keeps his love affair public. Earlier in 2018, Davido broke the Internet when he released the song ‘Assurance’ dedicated to his long-time girlfriend, Chioma. What thrilled fans the most is the Porsche with a custom plate number ‘Assurance’ the artist gifted his girlfriend. The song has over 36 million views on YouTube.
Full of energy and new in the industry, ‘Dami Duro’ was more of a statement of his intention. The song and its strong beat quickly became a major club song. The song also won the ‘Hottest single of the Year’ at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
‘Back When’ is one of Davido’s breakthrough songs. It was the first off his debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’. He featured established rapper, Naeto C on the track. The single won him the 2012 ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Kora Awards.
Davido’s history of love songs began with Ekuro which was released in 2012. After making a hard entrance the previous year, Davido showed off his romantic side in Ekuro. The success of Ekuro paved way for other romantic hits.
All of You
Davido used this track to pay respect to veterans like D’banj, P-Square, and 2baba who were already household names. Released in 2012, ‘All of you’ quickly became a hit.
Which of Davido’s songs do you like the most?
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.
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