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25 of Africa’s Most Popular Music Videos Uploaded May 2017

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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!

Our May 2017 Playlist

Checkout our Youtube Playlist for May 2017 videos

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Janet Jackson gives off a Wakanda vibe in her new song with Daddy Yankee

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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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Which version of Mr Leo’s “Jamais Jamais” song do you prefer?

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Afrobeat is rooted in gritty perseverance, so pairing up Cameroon’s Mr Leo with Nigeria’s Flavor for a remix works on so many levels.  With two versions of Mr Leo’s “Jamais Jamais” hit song, we think Flavor adds just enough spice to the popular song. What do you think?

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The Africans That Took Home A Grammy at The 60th Grammy Awards

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards were on Sunday and there were some big winners and some remarkable performances. Below are some highlights:

2018 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer

Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon

Best Rock Song: Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters

Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs

Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National

Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino

Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd

Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man” — Little Big Town

Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album: “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album: “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” — Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship; Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, songwriters

Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire

Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Residente” — Residente

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas

Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta

Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes

Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Bluegrass Album: tie, “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters and “All the Rage — In Concert Volume One” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” — The Rolling Stones

Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann

Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Best World Music Album: Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle

Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)

Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)

Best Recording Package: tie, “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)

Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)

Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein — The Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin

Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)

Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)

Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” — Various Artists

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