100+ African Songs You Must Know in 2017!

Restaurant Nyama Mama will be hosting an Africa Day gathering this year here in Nairobi for the first time…

What better way to join the party and honor African musicand celebrate Africa Day other than by compiling a list of some of our favorite songs over the years! I have a couple of friends who have passed by Nairobi and have fallen in love with African Music.. (Nastya from Europe, Rene and Rob, Eli… just to name a few!) Guys, wherever you are in the world, I hope you enjoy the music!

I have done my utmost best to include as many artists as I could from various African countries (Rwanda, Ghana, Algeria, Zambia etc!) I have also gone as far back in time with the music (Most songs from number 170 to 100..) If you have a great African song that you feel I should add to the list, by all means get in touch! Oh, and I have also included collaborations between African artists and other stars like NeYo, Rick Ross, Sting etc.

Ladies and gentlemen, below is the list of my favorite 170 African songs so far with number one being my all time favorite track! 🙂 A big thank you to Christiaan for his contribution with the list of West African musicians…Initially I included the videos of the song but that slowed down the blog loading time. I opted to add links to each song on the song title. Simply click the song name and the Youtube link will open!) Also, if you scroll down all the way to number 1 you will find the complete playlist with all the songs.

Enjoy!

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Special Mention 1: Kalamashaka is considered the pioneer group when it comes to Kenyan Hip Hop. Here is their groundbreaking track, Tafsiri Hii…

Country: Kenya

Artist: Kalamashaka

Song: Tafsiri Hii

Special Mention 2: Alex Boyé’s version of Baba Yetu along with the BYU Men’s Chorus is simply magical!

Country: Nigeria/UK/US

Artist: Alex Boyé and the BYU Men’s Chorus & Philharmonic.

Song: Baba Yetu

Number 170

Country: Uganda

Artist: Navio Featuring Peter Miles

Song: Rakus

Number 169

Country: Kenya

Artist: Kleptomaniax

Song: Haree

Number 168

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square featuring J. Martins

Song: E no Easy

Number 167

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Eugy x Mr Eazi

Song: Dance For Me

Number 166

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Olamide

Song: Bobo

Number 165

Country: South Africa

Artist: DJ Ganyani featuring FB

Song: Xigubu

Number 164

Country: Kenya

Artist: Nameless, Doobeez, Nyash, Pam, Jua Cali and Karma

Song: Tatizo

Number 163

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Jay Moe featuring Ngwair

Song: Kimya Kimya

Number 162

Country: Kenya

Artist: Patonee, Amani and Big Pin

Song: Talk to You

Number 161

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Starboy Featuring L.A.X and Wizkid

Song: Caro

Number 160

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Diamond Platnumz

Song: Ntampata Wapi

Number 159

Country: Uganda

Artist: Obsessions

Song:  Jangu

Number 158

Country: South Africa

Artist: Miriam Makeba

Song: Pata Pata

Number 157

Country: South Africa

Artist: Miriam Makeba

Song: Hapo Zamani

Number 156

Country: Kenya/Jamaica

Artist: Wyre featuring Alaine

Song: Nakupenda Pia

Number 155

Country: South Africa

Artist: Brenda Fassie

Song: Nakupenda

Number 154

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Patoranking featuring Wizkid

Song: This Kind Luv

Number 153

Country: Zimbabwe

Artist: Alexio

Song: Shaina

Number 152

Country: Rwanda

Artist: Yvan Buravan

Song: Malaika

Number 151

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Berry Black & Berry White featuring Shirko

Song: Na Wewe Tu

Number 150

Country: Uganda

Artist: Blu 3 featuring Radio and Weasel

Song: Where You Are

Number 149

Country: South Africa

Artist: Brenda Fassie

Song: Vulindela

Number 148

Country: Kenya

Artist: Walanguzi

Song: Crazy

Number 147

Country: Kenya

Artist: XYZee

Song: Tafuta

Number 146

Country: Kenya

Artist: Shaevy and Slice

Song: Gal

Country: Kenya

Artist: Shaffie & Slice featuring Robba, Collo, U.B., Askofu, Filter, Rex & Side B Shavey

Song: Gal Remix

Number 145

Country: Kenya

Artist: Nyota Ndogo Featuring Nonini

Song: Nibebe

Number 144

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Ycee

Song: Omo Alhaji

Number 143

Country: Uganda

Artist: Blu 3

Song: Nsanyuka Nawe

Number 142

Country: Nigeria

Artist: DJ Jimmy Jatt featuring Wizkid

Song: Feeling the Beat

Number 141

Country: Uganda

Artist: Blu 3

Song: Hitaji

Number 140

Country: Kenya

Artist: Swahili Nation

Song: Mpenzi

Number 139

Country: Kenya

Artist: Nameless

Song: Coming Home

Number 138

Country: Kenya

Artist: Gidi Gidi & Wikimosh

Song: Atoti

Number 137

Country: Kenya

Artist: Longombas

Song: Dondosa

Number 136

Country: Kenya

Artist: Deux Vultures

Song: Katika

Number 135

Country: Kenya

Artist: Hardstone

Song: Uhiki

Number 134

Country: Kenya

Artist: Necessary Noise

Song: Juu

Number 133

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Wanaume TMK

Song: Dar Mpaka Moro

Number 132

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Professor Jay featuring Ferooz

Song: Nikusaidiaje

Number 131

Country: Senegal

Artist: Youssou N’Dour

Song: Birima

Number 130

Country: Kenya

Artist: Necessary Noise

Song: Fire

Number 129

Country: Kenya

Artist: Black Duo

Song: Rap kwa Mic

Number 128

Country: Kenya

Artist: Jua Cali

Song: Ruka

Number 127

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Mr. Nice

Song: Kidali Po

Number 126

Country: Kenya

Artist: Amos and Josh featuring Rabbit King Kaka

Song: Baadaye

Number 125

Country: Uganda

Artist: Ngoni

Song: Bigula

Number 124

Country: Uganda

Artist: Benon & Vampos

Song: Mumulete

Number 123

Country: Uganda

Artist: Ngoni

Song: Nasiima Gwe

Number 122

Country: Kenya

Artist: Necessary Noize

Song: Kenyan Girl Kenyan Boy

Number 121

Country: Uganda

Artist: Jackie Chandiru

Song: Gold Digger

Number 120

Country: Kenya

Artist: Amani

Song: Missing My Baby

Number 119

Country: Kenya

Artist: Camp Mulla feat. Collo

Song: Party Don’t Stop

Number 118

Country: Kenya

Artist: Madtraxx

Song: Get Down

Number 117

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Ray C

Song: Umenikataa

Number 116

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Ray C

Song: Na Wewe Milele

Number 115

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Alikiba

Song: Cinderella

Number 114

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Alikiba

Song: Mac Muga

Number 113

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Mez B Featuring Ray C

Song: Kama Vipi

Number 112

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Naeto C

Song: 10 over 10

Number 111

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Iyanya

Song:  Kukere

Number 110

Country: Ghana/UK

Artist: Fuse ODG ft. Tiffany

Song: Azonto

Number 109

Country: Ghana

Artist: Buk Bak

Song: Kolom

Number 108

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square

Song: Personally

Number 107

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square featuring Rick Ross

Song: Beautiful Onyinye

Number 106

Country: Ghana/UK/US

Artist: Fuse ODG featuring Wyclef Jean

Song: Antenna

Number 105

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square

Song: No One Like You

Number 104

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Tiwa Savage Ft. Don Jazzy

Song: Eminado

Number 103

Country:  Nigeria

Artist: D’Banj

Song: Oliver Twist

Number 102

Country: Kenya

Artist: Willy Paul featuring Size 8

Song: Tam Tam Remix

Number 101

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Bracket

Song: Yori Yori

Special Mention 3: Ghana’s Fuse ODG collaborated with Major Lazer for this really catchy club hit.. Who knew!

Song: Light It Up

Number 100

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Matonya

Song: Vailet

Number 99

Country: Kenya

Artist:  Videz Hybrid, Shiva and Nova

Song: Windem

Number 98

Country: South Africa

Artist: Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Song: Umqombothi

Number 97

Country: Rwanda

Artist: Jay Polly

Song: Deux Fois Deux

Number 96

Country: Nigeria

Artist: WizKid

Song: Daddy Yo

Number 95

Country: South Africa

Artist: Lucky Dube

Song: The way it is

Number 94

Country: Kenya

Artist: Longombas

Song: Queen

Number 93

Country: Rwanda

Artist: Riderman

Song: Bombori Bombori

Number 92

Country: Tanzania

Artist: KLynn Featuring Squeezer

Song: Crazy Over You

Number 91

Country: Kenya

Artist: Redsan

Song: Raha

Number 90

Country: Uganda

Artist: Moses Radio & Weasel

Song: Zuena

Number 89

Country: Tanzania

Artist: TID

Song: Siamini

Number 88

Country: Kenya

Artist: Cannibal & Sharama

Song: Street Hustler

Number 87

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Mr. Nice

Song: Fagilia

Number 86

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Mr. Blue

Song: Kiss Kiss

Number 85

Country: Kenya*

Artist: Doobiez a.k.a Abbas

Song: Mo Fire

Number 84

Country: Kenya

Artist: Eric Wainaina

Song: Ritwa Riaku

Number 83

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Suma Lee

Song: Chungwa

Number 82

Country: Kenya

Artist: Kalamashaka aka K-Shaka featuring [feat. Natasha “Nikki” Gatabaki]

Song: Songa Hapa

Number 81

Country: Kenya

Artist: Juacali & Pilipili

Song: Kamata Dame

Number 80

Country: Kenya

Artist: DNA

Song: Banjuka

Number 79

Country: Burundi/Uganda

Artist: Kidum Featuring Lady Jaydee

Song: Nitafanya

Number 78

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Davido

Song: Aye

Number 78

Country: Kenya

Artist: Collo and Bruz Newton

Song: Bazokizo

Number 77

Country: Kenya

Artist: Kleptomaniax

Song: Tuendelee

Number 76

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Zanto Featuring Pingu

Song: Binti Kiziwi

Number 75

Country: Nigeria

Artist: J. Martins featuring Dj Arafat

Song: Touchin Body

Number 74

Country: Kenya

Artist: Jaguar

Song: Kigeugeu

Number 73

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Wizkid

Song: Show You The Money

Number 72

Country: Kenya

Artist: P-unit featuring Mimmo

Song: Kare

Number 71

Country: South Africa

Artist: DJ Sbu featuring Zahara

Song: Lengoma

Number 70

Country: Kenya

Artist: Sauti Sol

Song: Live and Die in Afrika

Number 69

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Tekno

Song: Pana

Number 68

Country: South Africa

Artist: Zahara

Song: Loliwe

Number 67

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Wizkid

Song: Final

Number 66

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Davido

Song: Gobe

Number 65

Country: Nigeria

Artist: 2face

Song: African Queen

Number 64

Country: Uganda

Artist: Juliana Kanyomozi and Bushoke

Song: Usiende Mbali

Number 63

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Diamond Platnumz featuring Mr Flavour

Song: Nana

Number 62

Country: South Africa

Artist: Oskido’s Candy

Song: Tsa Mandebele kids

Number 61

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square

Song: Ifunanya

Number 60

Country: South Africa

Artist: Uhuru featuring DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor and Uri-Da-Cunha

Song: Y-tjukutja

Number 59

Country: Uganda

Artist: Ngoni

Song: Digi

Number 58

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Sinach

Song: I know who I am

Number 57

Country: Kenya/Jamaica

Artist: Redsan and Demarco

Song: Badder Dan Most (The Remix)

Number 56

Country: Zambia

Artist: Roberto

Song:  Amarula

Number 55

Country: Uganda

Artist: Peter Miles featuring Menshan

Song: One Time

Number 54

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Davido

Song: Dami Duro

Number 53

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Patoranking featuring Wande Coal

Song: My Woman, My Everything

Number 52

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Alikiba

Song: Mwana

Number 51

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Chidinma

Song: Kedike

Special Mention 4: Algeria’s Mami collaborated with Sting for the hit track Desert Rose

Song: Desert Rose

Number 50

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square

Song: Do Me

Number 49

Country: Rwanda

Artist: Charly & Nina Ft Big Fizzo

Song: Indoro

Number 48

Country: South Africa/Nigeria

Artist: Dj Maphorisa featuring Wizkid & Dj Buckz

Song: Soweto Baby

Number 47

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Ice Prince featuring Brymo

Song: Oleku

Number 46

Country: Kenya

Artist: P-Unit & Sauti Sol

Song: Gentleman

Number 45

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square

Song: Alingo

Number 44

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Yemi Alade

Song: Johnny

Number 43

Country: Nigeria

Artist: P Square featuring Akon and May D

Song: Chop My Money

Number 42

Country: Tanzania/Kenya

Artist: French Boy featuring Ray C

Song: Moto Moto

Number 41

Country: Nigeria

Artist: D’Banj

Song: Fall In Love

Number 40

Country: South Africa

Artist: Ringo Madlingozi

Song: Sondela

Number 39

Country: Uganda

Artist: Radio Featuring Suuna & Weasel

Song: Nakudata

Number 38

Country: South Africa

Artist: Speedy & Professor

Song: Lento

Number 37

Country: Nigeria/UK

Artist: Maleek Berry

Song: Kontrol

Number 36

Country: Rwanda

Artist: Kitoko & Meddy

Song: Sibyo

Number 35

Country: Tanzania/USA

Artist: Diamond Platnumz featuring Ne-Yo

Song: Marry You

Number 34

Country: Nigeria/Kenya

Artist: Yemi Alade featuring Sauti Sol

Song: Africa

Number 33

Country: Israel/Kenya

Artist: Gilad

Song: Sema Milele

Number 32

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Davido

Song: Skelewu

Number 31

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Wizkid

Song: Ojuelegba

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Wizkid featuring Drake & Skepta

Song: Ojuelegba (Remix)

Number 30

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Diamond Platnumz

Song: Number One

Country: Tanzania/Nigeria

Artist: Diamond featuring Davido

Song: Number One Remix

Number 29

Country: Algeria

Artist: Khaled

Song: C’Est La Vie

Number 28

Country: Kenya/Zimbabwe

Artist: Eric Wainaina and Oliver Mtukudzi

Song: Twende Twende

Number 27

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Flavour

Song: Nwa Baby

Number 26

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Navy Kenzo

Song: Kamatia

Special Mention 5: Did you know that Ghana’s Fuse ODG has a track with Sean Paul called Dangerous Love?

Song: Dangerous Love

Number 25

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Kcee featuring Wizkid

Song: Pull Over

Number 24

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Wanaume TMK And Tip Top

Song: Chama Kubwa

Number 23

Country: Nigeria/Ghana

Artist: Patoranking featuring Sarkodie

Song: No Kissing Baby

Number 22

Country: South Africa

Artist: Mi Casa

Song: Jika

Number 21

Country:  Kenya/South Africa

Artist: Sauti Sol featuring Mi Casa

Song: Tulale Fofofo

Number 20

Country: Ghana/UK

Artist: Fuse ODG

Song: Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)

Number 19

Country: Algeria

Artist: Khaled

Song: Aicha

Number 18

Country: Kenya

Artist: Willy Paul

Song: Fanya

Number 17

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Davido

Song: If

Number 16

Country: South Africa

Artist: Liquideep

Song: Alone

Number 15

Country: Tanzania

Artist: Darassa featuring Ben Pol

Song: Muziki

Number 14

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Korede Bello

Song: Godwin

Number 13

Country: South Africa

Artist: DJ Clock ft Beatenberg

Song: “Pluto” (Remember You)

Number 12

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Korede Bello

Song: Do Like That

Number 11

Country: Kenya

Artist: Victoria Kimani

Song: Show

Special Mention 6: Alex Boye once again dazzles in his African Version of Coldplay’s hit, Paradise, alongside The Piano Guys.

Country: Nigeria/UK/US

Artist: Alex Boye and The Piano Guys

Song: Peponi (Swahili for Paradise)

Number 10

Country: Kenya

Artist: Sauti Sol featuring RedFourth Chorus (Upper Hill School)

Song: Kuliko Jana

Number 9

Country: Kenya

Artist: Elani

Song: Kookoo

Number 8

Country: South Africa

Artist: Liquideep

Song: Still

Number 7

Country: Ghana

Artist: Sarkodie

Song: Adonai ft. Castro

Number 6

Country: South Africa

Artist: Dj Vetkuk vs Mahoota featuring Dr Malinga

Song: Via Orlando

Number 5

Country: Israel/Kenya

Artist: Gilad featuring Wendy Kimani

Song: Unajua

Number 4

Country: Tanzania

Artist: AY featuring Diamond Platnumz

Song: Zigo Remix

Number 3

Country: Rwanda

Artist: Meddy, The Ben, K8 Kavuyo

Song: Ndi Uw’i Kigali

Number 2

Country: Kenya

Artist: Sauti Sol

Song: Sura Yako

Number 1!

Country: Nigeria

Artist: Runtown

Song: Mad Over You

I have also compiled a playlist with all the songs here! Let me know if there is an amzing African song you would like me to add. 🙂

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