2015 has been a great year for Africa’s music industry. Evidently, there has been noted improvement on the quality of the content being put out there and it would only be fair to commend all industry players for their effort. However, there have been those who stood out for me and therefore had their songs qualify to my list of top 10 songs of the year;
10.Shake Yo Bam Bam- Sauti Sol
Branding has contributed a lot to making Sauti Sol the big name it is. The boy band that comprises of four has remained authentic and yet still allowing room for evolution and growth. They are not afraid to experiment, which makes it hard to predict them, as seen on this one. While you may not agree with me, sampling different lost trucks that were popular back in the day, compressing them all into one and having people dancing along while reminiscing makes this song a HIT.
9.Nana- Diamond Ft. Flavour
The dance moves aimed at wooing his girl and the great picture quality with a touch of simplicity makes this such an enjoyable song to watch. As if that’s not enough, Diamond’s great talent and passion brought out through his music is one that would keep you listening all through, with Flavour adding the extra spice needed to make this song the success it is.
8.Woju (Remix)- Kiss Daniel Ft. Davido and Tiwa Savage.
The creativity on Woju’s lyrics made it very sweet and very nice (see what I did there?….no?…OK ). Even with big stars Davido and Tiwa Savage on the same song, Kiss Daniel still maintains his spotlight, proving to be a great artist to look out for, despite not having been in the industry for long.
7. German Juice- Cynthia Morgan
There was a time I thought dance-hall music was dead and buried. Cythnia Morgan (and a few other African artists) changed my mind and this song was one of the reasons why. It doesn’t matter whether you are inclined to a particular genre of music, this one is hard not to love.
6. Eish- Kenyan All Stars.
It brought together Kenya’s music heavyweights Ulopa, Kristoff, Abass, Yvonee Darcq, Petra and Gabu all on one truck. But then again, let’s just be honest…the girls on this one killed it.
5. Temperature- Yemi Alade Ft. Dil.
The strong vocal delivery by both Yemi and Dil indeed made my temperature rise. The video shot in London is one that will keep you glued watching, with a beautiful story line complementing the song’s message.
4.Nusu Nusu- Joh Makini
I have never considered myself to be a Hip- Hop head (in fact, rarely am I bumping my head to killer rhymes..mostly it is usually just about the beats for me) but this ….this was sick. And it got me listening to Makini more than I was to the beats (not that they were anything shot of incredible though).
3. Obe Baba (remix)- Raj Ft. STL
This is one of those songs that makes you realize just how cool it is to embrace one’s roots. Who knew that Kisii language could sound so damn good? And with STL jumping on it, this was and still is a massive tune.
2. Game- Navy Kenzo Ft. Vanessa Mdee.
Now this is what happens when a producer is also an artist.
(Greatness-just in case we still are not on the same page). This is because the producer/artist has a better understanding of the music. They do not just think about the production elements of a song but are able to fit into an artist’s mind space, to think about the creative aspect of a song and how best to deliver it, which is what Nahreel does here. His partner Aika together with Vanessa Mdee also did a great job on this one, adding a feminine touch to it and making it pleasurable to listen to.
- Nobody But Me- Vanessa Mdee Ft. K.O
The old school vibe on the video that is a 10 is just a plus, complementing an equally amazing audio. Needless to say, having South African rapper K.O jump on the truck was a genius idea, creating a perfect blend of the two artists, while each of them represents their individual unique personality.
By now you might have figured that Nahreel is my producer of the year while Justin Campo my Video Director of the year.Also, Tanzanian music is doing exceptionally well (as you may have noticed from my list) and we may have a lesson or two we may learn from them.
Share your thoughts. What are your best African songs for the year 2015?