Zlatan 's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku , a dance which is now de rigueur. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop. Burna Boy 's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido 's sophomore album, A Good Time , paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi 's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.
Compiling a shortlist of the top African songs of can be quite tricky as each country, region and even genre coming from the continent and its diaspora is insular — overflowing with straight hits. Take a listen in this particular order yes, it is a playlist! Viviane Chidid continues to reign supreme as the queen of mbalax , adapting and evolving her sound to reach new generations. Lately, she has been inspired by afrobeat that can be heard in Do Dara — one of her lead singles this year.
Read More From TIME
The fact that The Highwomen even exists is impressive. They make that statement over an unabashedly pretty melody, going in and out of duets and harmonies with seamless, generous sweetness. Carly Rae Jepsen has built a cult following on the power of her brand of pure, heart-on-your-sleeve pop. Her widely-praised third album was even nakedly called Emotion.
The song is about Naira Marley's experiences in prison and a jibe at the Nigerian authorities that held him a few months ago for internet fraud. Called the Queen of Afropop her by admirers, Tiwa Savage has been dropping hits that resonate with her fanbase on a constant basis. Burna Boy has had a great year, culminating in his nomination to the Grammy Awards. He released this video in November, four months after dropping his African Giant album , it is still hot and a club banger anytime. Another track influenced by Fela Kuti, Joro is taken from the Zombie album. Olamide 's new single is getting all the attention on radio and the internet with videos of different ladies twerking on Instagram.