9? Nine(Really)? Why not 10 you’re probably asking yourself? Well, 9 is a significant number it represents patience and tranquility, and the ability to perceive things. Like the 9 must-hear African songs from last month!
Now don’t get me wrong there are plenty of notable mentions like South Africa’s Nasty C’s unreleased release “OG DEE“, or Stonebwoy’s “Therapy” with its infectiously therapeutic chorus and Victony’s “Jolene” from his Outlaw EP.
The point is these 9 songs are the best 9 songs from May, but if you feel I got them wrong, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section and the Afroxilla team will comment back.
Kizz Daniel – Buga (Featuring Tekno)
Kizz Daniel’s Buga is currently the most Shazamed song in the world! A feat only accomplished by 3 other African artists. The bop has Kizz Daniel team up with Tekno over a Reward Beatz instrumental co-produced by Blaise Beatz, Young Willis, and Micky Guitarist. “Buga” already has 11.4 million equivalent streams and 47.5 million in radio reach on TurnTable Charts in Nigeria. On Kizz’s Instagram page he champions the one-year-old Chionye aka “TikTokPrincess” as the winner of his #Bugachallenge.
Burna Boy – Last Last
Burna Boy, The African Giant is on a roll. On the heels of selling out London’s 02 Arena twice, then selling out the New York’s Madison Square Garden, he’s back with a new single, ‘Last Last’. Sampling Toni Braxton’s ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me’ for the first single of his anticipated sixth studio album, Love Damini.
Omah Lay – Woman
Omah Lay’s Woman is a smooth, bouncy afro-dancehall track produced by P Priime. The song finds Omah Lay expressing everything he would do for his woman. The beat gives off deep purples and light pink vibes, a flirtatious track for Omah Lay to croon over.
DJ Spinall – Palazzo (Featuring Asake)
DJ and producer, DJ Spinall’s new tune called Palazzo with Asake is a certified dance floor magnet. The song was already doing numbers on the streaming platform before it was released. DJ Spinall’s blends Nigerian style Amapiano sound with mid 2000’s Hip-Hop flavor to create a raucous rhythmic soundscape.
Davido – Stand Strong (Featuring Sunday Service Choir)
“Stand Strong” by Davido is a glorious record about the highs and lows of the Nigerian Superstar’s personal life. Backed by Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir give this afro-fusion gospel song a soulfully rich sound.
“It was just a different feeling, a different kind of record,” Davido told Apple Music, “I don’t think I’ve ever released a record like that. But funny enough, my earlier records, before afrobeat and stuff, that’s the kind of music I was geared to, like R&B, slow, soulful type stuff.”
Mavins, Crayon, Ayra Starr, LADIPOE, Magixx & Boy Spyce – Overloading (Overdose)
Mavin Records Overloading(Overdose) is a crew song with label mates Crayon, Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx, and Boy Spyce produced by Don Jazzy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mavin Records.
Paapa Versa – Call You Mine
“Call You Mine” is a soulful R&B and afrobeat fusion record. Paapa Versa said “the song “an ode to unconditional, grounding love amid insecurities,” This month singer, songwriter, and producer Paapa Versa issued the brand new single “Call You Mine,” a soulful fusion of afrobeat and R&B, written, performed, and produced by Paapa himself. He calls the song “an ode to unconditional, grounding love in the midst of insecurities,” resulting in a jam you can likely bop to and relate with at the same time.
Nissi – Gravity (Featuring Major League)
Nigeria and South Africa linked up for Nissi’s new amapiano single “Gravity”. The twin-producing duo and amapiano cornerstones Major League is a vibrant record.
Black Sherif – Kwaku The Traveller
And lastly the video for the most prominent African song of the year (so far). ‘Kwaku The Traveller” by Black Sherif. Ghana’s hottest artist delivers stunning eye-catching videos to this mesmerizing Afro-drill record.
Lost in the sauce on who is Black Sherif and his meteoric rise? Read our article on “Black Sherif, Kwaku The Traveller”.
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