Criteria used in selection of the songs boils down to their upbeat, funky and groovy sound, inter-regional collaborations, and the artistes showing great chemistry.
This write-up seeks to shine the spotlight on top African music collaborations across the different regions of Africa from West Africa to East Africa and Southern Africa in 2016. Criteria used for the selection include the song being upbeat, catchy, funky and groovy, giving off that mass appeal, with the artistes showing great chemistry.
In no particular order, here it goes:
Diamond Platnumz and Psquare – ‘Kidogo’
Safe to say, a collaboration between the twin duo from Nigeria Psquare and Tanzania’s sweetheart Diamond Platnumz has been long overdue, as many must have been wishing upon a star for the collaboration, and the gifted singers did not disappoint. The track parades the concept of love and dance two terms that are not strange to Diamond Platnumz and Psquare. They couldn’t simply go wrong.
2baba and Sauti Sol – ‘Oya come make we go’
The hook by 2baba is the joker in this tune asides the motivational story behind the song and the feel good melody. A collaboration between one of the finest musicians out of West Africa and East Africa.
Sarkodie – ‘Long tin’ ft Eva
Sarkodie and Eva came through on this one, with their seemingly effortless flow in the sensual tune. Definitely a jam from the two rap heavyweights you ought to fix in your playlist.
E.L. – ‘The one’ ft Banky W
Off his “Everybody Loves Original Music (E.L.O.M)” album is a love song for days from Ghanaian record producer and rapper E.L featuring Nigerian R&B sensation Banky W – ]’The one’ which sees the pair blend fine reminding women how much loved and valued they are. The West African brothers show once again their versatility as rappers and singers all in one.
Patoranking– ‘No kissing baby’ ft Sarkodie
A very catchy tune from the dancehall star who ‘murdered’ the chorus and rapper Sarkodie doing his thing on a GospelondBeatz beat.
Yemi Alade – ‘Africa’ ft Sauti Sol
Yemi has shown so much growth song after song, with this tune being no different. She pours out her heart on the song with her vocals, justifying her “Mama Africa” status, and Sauti Sol showing why they are Kenya’s finest.
F.A – ‘Desire’ ft Chidinma
Another lovely song for the romantics to savour. Nigerian diva Chidinma and Liberian singer F.A show amazing music chemistry on this collaboration. The visuals to the song supports this claim.
Eddy Kenzo- ‘Mbilo Mbilo’ ft Niniola
Ugandan artiste Eddy Kenzo features Afro-House Nigerian singer Niniola in remix to his love tune. The very colorful visuals to the duet adds more spark to the song as both singers known for performing love songs bring their A-game into it.
Sauti Sol – ‘Unconditionally bae’ ft Alikiba
Kenyan music group Sauti Sol collaborate with Bongo Tanzanian singer Alikiba talk about the intricacies and beauty of finding love in melodious style. The essence of love is exemplified in this tune.
Banky W – ‘Mi re do (Cocoloso)’ ft Stonebwoy, Shaydee
Banky in this party starter jam that simply gives off all that good vibe and feeling. Stonebwoy also delivers showing why is a celebrated artiste out of Ghana. Shaydee does his thing with his undeniable vocals.