Psst! Cool Stuff: 7 African Songs You Should Listen To

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A cocktail of genres including amapiano, afropop & drill are currently some of Africa’s hottest music obsessions right now. In this edition, we select the hottest sounds from these genres and more. Immerse yourself in sweet melodies, addictive harmonies, and catchy tunes from around the continent. It’s giving eargasmic bops. Dig in, people.

Listen to the playlist HERE!

Kabza De Small – Asibe Happy ft DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku (SA)

Asibe Happy is 7 minutes of pure bliss and euphoria. It’s the kind of song that kicks you off balance with its rhythmic consistency of good vibes; the kind you vibe off a few drinks on a chill Lagos night at Bolivar.

Brought to you by South African Amapiano heavyweights DJ Labza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, and Ami Faku, with a chorus that chants “Masibe Happy” loosely translating to “let us be happy.”


Rema – Calm Down (NG)

We’ve all been hooked by the leading single “Calm Down”off Rema’s debut album, Raves and Roses. Hearing him echo, “another banger!” hits different on this because he speaks ‘truth’!

Serenading us with his boyish charm and genre-fluid sound over playful melodies, he delivers an afrobeats love song with an addictive hook in a sunny, stylish video describing his interest for a girl he meets at a party who gives him the run around. Who doesn’t love the chase right? can’t watch this video and not feel the electric vibes and chemistry, (God when??)


Diamond Platnumz – Melody ft Jaywillz (TZ & NG)

You can always trust Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz to come through with the flex as always!! Melody is the first song off his latest EP; “First of All”. Collaborating with Nigerian singer Jaywillz on Melody, the tune is packed with immense replay value and an enjoyable harmony.


Darkoo – Always ft Black Sherif (NG & GH)

Always is an electric single by two promising hotshots in the African drill scene, Nigerian British rapper/singer, Darkoo featuring Ghanaian hip hop star Black Sherif. The raw lyrics of vulnerability and heartbreak paired with drill beats is super addictive.

There’s just something about the duet of the contrasting voices of Darkoo and Black Sherif; Darko with her deep silky flow and Black Sheriff’s deep, energetic voice gets you lost bopping to the hook, forgetting this is actually a love song. Talk about African gangsta love like no other.


RAMIAN – Out in the Sun ft Wayren Flizzer (KE)

My alternative RnB indie-pop gyal side is definitely biased to this song. Finding this Kenyan indie-pop song was my favorite part of writing this piece. This indie love song is off Ramian’s EP, “If I Never Cared.” The lush instrumentals paired with his dulcet tones and harmonious humming sounds like a dream. His frustration with his love interest is delivered with contrasting gentleness.


Pappy Kojo – Koobi ft O’Kenneth, Reggie (GH)

You hear Koobi and you hear an anthem of the Ghanaian trenches. The first few minutes of the music video are probably one of the swaggiest things you’ll see today. Pappy’s Fante accent paired with the fast-paced drill beat, and his unique charisma is an experience. 

O’ Kenneth and Reggie bring the heat as they deliver the gritty, catchy chorus and Reggie slides in with effortless flow and literal gunshot lyrics. Produced by Ghanaian producer Skonti, this is perfect work out music and will quickly become a playlist favorite.


Magixx – Love Don’t Cost A Dime Re-Up ft Ayra Starr (NG)

In a world of paper chasing, it’s refreshing to hear this love tune from the newest Gen Z artists of Mavin Records; Magixx and Ayra Starr.

Direct by Olu The Wave, the cinematic masterpiece of the video is a breath of fresh air,m. This RnB song exploring youthful romance is all kinds of sweet.


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