African music is easy to appreciate due to its diverse styles and sounds.
West Africa has Afro beats, East Africa- bongo flava, while central Africa is rich in soukous and rhumba. Southern Africa has a variation from sungura to kanindo to gqom. One sound is good but when sounds from different regions are combined that’s magic. Over the years we have seen pan African collaborations in music. These songs have joined nations while making the continent dance. Read on for our list of some of the best African collaborations in no particular order.
1. Tchelete – Davido & Mafikizolo
This song was a smash hit for the 2013/14 season where Nigeria met South Africa. “Tchelete” combined Yoruba, pidgin, IsiZulu, Isixhosa and English languages. On production there was South Africa’s Maphorisa and Oskido, and Nigeria’s Shizzi making this a true pan African single.
2. All Eyes On Me – AKA x Burna Boy x Da Les & JR
AKA’s most longstanding single which stretched for almost a year being hot on radio charts. This club banger saw Nigerian dancehall artist Burna Boy give the Tweezy produced single that Naija patois feel. As for the South African collaborators, AKA, Da Les and JR fans could feel that throwback SA pop sound.
3. Jupka (Remix) – J Martins & Fally Ipupa
There is something about Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo that makes you want to dance. When you blend Afro beats and rhumba, you get a party hit. Nigeria’s J Martins brought on rhumba maestro Fally Ipupa to the remix of his single. All you want to do when you hear ‘Jupka’ is get up and show off your rhumba skills, no matter which part of Africa you’re from.
4. Patoranking – No Kissing Baby & Sarkodie
Everybody needs good neighbours, so when Nigeria and Ghana collaborate in music, it’s going to be good. It was one of the biggest songs in 2016. Nigeria’s biggest dancehall exports and Ghana’s most talented rappers made No Kissing Baby a must on any playlist.
5. Coolest Kid in Africa – Davido x Nasty C
Who are the coolest kids in Africa? We cant deny that Nigeria’s Davido and South African rapper Nasty C top the cool list. This 2017 trap single combines Davido’s pidgin and Yoruba and Nasty C’s American twang making it a perfect African collabo.
6. Get Through This – Yemi Alade x Mi Casa
The most common collaborations in Africa are between Nigeria and South Africa. There’s no denying that these collaborations work. There is no doubt that Yemi Alade pulls off the best vocals on ‘Get Through This’. Mi Casa’s J’Something knows how to make any song romantic. Not to mention that the music video and outfits are world class.
7. Nobody Else But Me – Vanessa Mdee & K.O.
Tanzanian Pop and Bongo flava star Vanessa Mdee looked to iconic South African rapper K.O, for some rhymes. The lovey dovey single sees K.O. rapping in Swahili and isiZulu. Vanessa maintains her East African style
8. Watora Mari -Prayzah & Diamond Platnumz
No pan African collaboartion list would be complete without including a Zimbabwean. Yes, Zimbabwe’s very own star Jah Prayzah made his imprint on the African map with this smash hit. He looked to East Africa where he collaborated with Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz. There is no doubt that this one of Africa’s hottest collaborations as Jah’s signature style meshed well with East African bongo flava.
9. Special Fi Mi- AKA & Patoranking
South African rapper AKA took a different route on this track. As part of his Coke Studo Africa collaboration, Supamega teamed up with Patoranking to produce this quintessential pan African track. Having AKA sing is always interesting as well the Fela Kuti style saxophone on the song.
10. Love Again – C4 Pedro & Sauti Sol
Lusophone Africa couldnt be left out in the pan African collabos. Angola’s C4 Pedro teamed up with Kenyan group Sauti Sol on’ Love Again.’ The slow kizomba track, combines love and music in the most romantic yet African way. The artists sing in Portuguese and Swahili catering to a diverse non-English speaking audience.