Letta Mbulu – Hareje (Ha-Ree-Gee)
This South African came out of nowhere in the seventies and I just fell in love with the African flavor of the song with lyrics by Caiphus Semenya.
Especially from 2:31 minutes to 2:59 where the real music begins.
Manu Dibango · Soul Makossa Soul Makossa ℗ 1972
If you get the king of pop to sample your song then you are a music God in your own right. Let’s just leave it at that for our great Cameron star.
Ladysmith Black Mambata – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Feat. Dolly Parton) · Ladysmith Black Mambazo · Ladysmith Black Mambazo · Bob Dylan · Bob Dylan · Dolly Parton
What started as an experiment became one of the best music groups to come out of Africa.
Ipi Ntombi – Mama Tembu’s Wedding with Margaret Singana
This music from South African dance drama group saw me through secondary school, after their live performance in Festac 77. We mimed it, sang it, did dance drama from it.
Tee-mac and Silver Convention – Fly Robin Fly ·
It’s tee-mac baby! My oga did make Robin fly up to the sky and got a Grammy for it. This was when the learners of today that are boasting they will bring us the Grammy were not even born.
Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother
Do you want to try this evergreen masterpiece, covered and sampled so many times because it is just one of the greatest songs to use in celebrating motherhood.
Osibisa – Fire will burn you
Did your mother tell you not to play with fire? Survival music from a survivor.
Lijadu Sisters – Danger
Great music group from Nigeria of yore, that went on to do great in the international scene.
Angelique Kidjoe – Agolo
Benin singing sensation that is still beating and schooling the young generation at the game.
“Ori! Ori O!! Olajumoke n lo” (Head! Head!! Olajumoke is leaving) is a clarion call from a sentinel (Turtoise/Parrot) stationed to alert Olajumoke’s husband (an incorporeal spirit being called Ori) whenever she tries to escape the spirit world. “Agolo” is an artistic masterpiece that has a deep meaning. “Agolo” literally means a can or a gong used by ancient royal town crier to makes public pronouncements. It symbolically represents a call to Africans all over the world to not be afraid and to always remember the love for their homeland (mother Africa).
Whether Agolo means can or please in fon language, just relax and enjoy a masterpiece.
Papa Wemba – Yolele from the album Emotion.
Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, known professionally as Papa Wemba, was a Congolese singer and musician who played Congolese rumba, soukous, and ndombolo. Dubbed the “King of Rumba Rock”, he was one of the most popular musicians of his time in Africa and played an important role in world music.
Mariam Makeba – Malaika
What shall I say about our very own Mama Afrika?
Her awe-inspiring title says it all for me, She’s beautiful, graceful, and from my understanding, a cultural icon in her homeland of South Africa. Respect to this Queen, Mama Africa.
Mbilia Bel – Nakei Nairobi
M’bilia Bel is a Congolese soukous singer, known as the Queen of Congolese rhumba. She rose to fame after being discovered by Tabu Ley Rochereau.
She recorded the song while living in Kenya.
Zamina Mina (Zangalewa) by Golden Sounds (Cameroonian)
Zamina is a song by zangalewa a Cameroonian group, the song became a hit all over Africa in late 80s and 90s.
This song was samples by Shakira for the 2010 Fifa World Cup Song. It originates from Cameroon but the circumstances surrounding the time of the song’s origin are not clear. Some sources indicate that the lyrics are, at the very least, a lament from the point of view of a single soldier, but other aspects of the song, including the way it is frequently performed, has led to conflicting claims that the song is a tribute to African soldiers of World War II or a criticism of Africans who collaborated with European colonial authorities. The song is still used today almost everywhere in Africa by soldiers, policemen, boy scouts, sportsmen, and their supporters, usually during training or as a rallying cry. It is particularly popular in Cameroon, where it is used as a marching song or rallying cry.
Did I say top ten?