It’s just a few months to the end of the year – a period when people in different industries take stock and make lists of anything and everything. Bringing the year in review and perhaps opening narratives to what might follow.
Well, our focus here is on music, one of the thriving industries in the world today. But we will still narrow it down to a genre of music – afrobeats. The genre has been around for decades, with origins in Nigeria. It is now a global sound despite a self=styled “African Giant’s” negative take on it.
Since the beginning of 2023, several Afrobeat songs have been released and more will be released before the year disappears in the dust of oblivion. Of the numbers released so far, which are the best? Of course, it’s only normal that some songs should stand out more than others, and this applies to all genres of music – not just afrobeats.
Well, in this post, we will be looking at the best 10 Afrobeat songs of 2023. Admittedly, the idea of “best” is subjective. Still, we are confident you will love the songs on our list. So tag along as we bring you the Best 10 Afrobeats Songs of 2023. The list was made in no particular order.
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1. Asake and Olamide – Amapiano
Neither of the two musicians on this list is a known amapiano artist. Nor are they even South Africans, the country where the beat originated, But they have become fascinated with the piano beat enough to meld afrobeat into it, creating a musical experience that is liable to be remembered for a long time.
2. Mohad – Ask About Me
The irony of this song is that it was released a while back but only had unprecedented resonance following the death of the musician. Mohbad had died in mysterious circumstances leading to a great public outcry for the exhumation of his body so that an autopsy could be carried out to determine the cause of his death.
With the great advocacy his death provoked, “Ask About Me” became a refuge of sorts for people who wanted to experience the songster amid the agony of his tragic demise. The song is actually good.
3. Rema – Charm
Easily one of Mavin’s finest, Rema has long transformed into a revolutionary force in Nigerian music in just a few years under the guidance of label executive Don Jazzy, whom he considers his father and is beyond grateful to have in his life.
His “Charm” tune stands out as one of the best afrobeat releases so far this year, and we challenge you to find out for yourself by tapping the play button. You might be charmed.
4. Omah Lay – Reason
Singer Omah Lay gives listeners a chance to “Reason” with him in this memorable Afrobeat banger. While this is not exactly his finest number so far since he became a musician, it’s undoubtedly one of the most resonant tunes so far this year.
5. Stefflon Don and BNXN – What’s Poppin
Where’s the party at, peeps? You certainly wouldn’t have to ask this question with this number blasting from the speakers. The party is just around you – with you, in you. You can’t miss the energy encapsulated in this Afrobeat banger.
6. Harmonize- Single Again
Love and the lack of it is a recurring term in music. Here, Tanzanian artist Harmonize explored that topic in his own way, bringing the listener a memorable experience that he will not forget in a hurry. This number is highly relatable and makes an easy addition to anyone’s playlist. You’re welcome to vice with it.
7. Davido – Unavailable Ft. Musa Keys
Nigerian afrobeat star Davido is a man of many numbers, but few of them had as much resonance this year as “Unavailable.” In fact, such was the charm of this track that it provoked a challenge, with famous voices and ordinary folks alike jumping into it.
8. Asake –Sunshine
He popped into the consciousness of many only recently. But then, Nigerian singer Asake has so far shown that he is no manqué artist and certainly not an artistic accident but a talent worth keeping tabs on. This much should be evident in several of his numbers. The Afrobeat tune “Sunshine” is one of them. You should check it out.
9. Burna Boy – I Told Them Ft. Giza & Seyi Vibes
“Giza ” is part of Burna Boy’s “I Told Them” album. Burna Boy spoke a lot in that project, but what he succeeded in making most people remember was his derogatory comments about afrobeats.
The comments earned him the ire of many members of the public. But then, there’s no denying that the project bears noticeable artistic force, with the eponymous song being one of the memorable beats out of it.
10. Crayon & Ayra Starr – Ngozi
“Ngozi” is part of Crayon’s “Trench to Triumph” album – a testimony to how life can change for some with talent and the determination to succeed. You should find yourself in a blessed space vibing to “Ngozi.” Listen.