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African Songs: Top 20 Best African Songs Of All Time

Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero shows off her guitar chops and her perfect afro.

Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero shows off her guitar chops and her perfect afro.
Africa songs which are been promoted by different indigenous musics and dances.  Africa is a great and beautiful continent made up of people of different region with different culture and tradition.  African songs has different styles and rhythm depending on the region. Most African Songs narrate the activities/culture of a particular region or country, most time it goes as far as narrating our day to day activities.

African songs has become populous and enjoyable both in Africa and all over the world. For fans and lovers of African Songs here are the top Twenty best African Songs of all time.

List Of Best African Songs Of All Time

20. Once a Slave by Project Monkz feat Maulana (Ghana)

Project Monks are group of talented rappers from Ghana consisting of Ram Zee, Sun Rays, Issa da Habinjah and Alpha Saint Quran. The group evolved from a mother group known as Black Monkz. The main purpose of this song is to Promote the total ban on slavery in Africa.

19. Zamina mina (Zangalewa) by Cameroonian Dance Group

Zamina mina (Zangalewa) was a hit song released in 1986 by Cameroonian musical group known as  ‘Golden Sounds’. The song was so popular that many artists remix the song including top American/Spanish songstress Shakira, which she sang during the 2010 FIFA World cup.

18. Mailaika By Fadhili Williams (kenya)

Fadhili William Mdawida was a musician from Kenya, he was born on November 11, 1938 and died on February 11, 2001. His most popular song Malaika which he recorded in 1963 was massively played in Kenya and many other Africa countries.


17. Nene Koita by Toumani Diabate (Mali)

Toumani Diabaté is a Grammy Award winning Malian Kora player, he was born in Bamako, the capital of Mali, in 1965. He started singing at the age of 21. His song Nene Koita is a song Africans will not forget in hurry especially the Muslims folks.

16. Mezez Alew by Aster Aweke (Ethiopia)

Mezez Alew was regarded as the best song in Ethiopia in the late 90’s. The song is basically about safe sex and protecting yourself. The Ethiopian songstress Aster Aweke was born in Gondar, Ethiopia but later relocated to the United States.

15. African Queen by Tu Face (Nigeria)

Tu Face ‘African Queen’ song which he released in 2004 won him an instant recognition in the music world. The song which promoted African women beauty and culture was recognized locally and international.

14. Agolo By Angélique Kidjo (Cotonuo, Benin)

Angélique Kidjo is a very talented musician and an American Grammy Award winner. One of her hit song ‘Agolo’ which she released in 1994 enjoyed massive airplay in Africa and beyond.

13. Mindaan du Jaam by Sambou Suso (Gambia)

Sambou Suso is Gambian Queen of Afro Manding, her singing style has a strong and piercing voice. She released Mindaan du Jaam in 1991. A great song that has all the key elements.

12. Premier Gaou by Magic System (Ivory Coast)

Magic System hit track ‘Premier Gaou’ was released in 2002, the song album sold out millions of copies in Africa countries and over 300,000 copies in France. Due to the popularity of the song it was later remix by some African artists.

11. Seun Rere By Christy Essien Igbokwe (Nigeria)

Late Christy Essien Igbokwe is regarded as one the best female musician to have come out of Africa. Her hit track ‘Seun Rere’ is a song with a high moral message for children. The song was like a national anthem in the 80’s.


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