Africa…A continent that is synonymous with rhythm. You can’t think of Africa without thinking of the music and its rhythms and how it makes the people move. These rhythms are everywhere. From stores, homes, vehicles and just about anything that can produce a sound, you’ll hear music. This music and the infectious rhythms get people smiling  and dancing!

I’ve been lucky enough to be backpacking East Africa by land from North to South for over a year now. In this time I have chosen to not take any flights, and 98% of my travel is on public transportation vehicles. Most of these vehicles have a radio and this is how I often discover the music that I’m going to share with you today. (To balance the less traditional music, I’m including some pictures of some more traditional dances that I’ve witnessed…
let me know if you’d like to see videos of these!)

Intore dance Rwanda
The Intore dance being performed at a cultural village I visited in Rwanda. The wigs represent the mane of a lion.

The music from the African playlist is from several artists coming from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, etc. You will hear most of them are either in English, or half in English and half in the local languages like Swahili.
Beside the languages, what transcends language or border are the rhythms! While there is definitely traditional music, usually what I’ll hear on public transportation will be the more popular culture/hits.

Here, in no particular order is my African Playlist. My 10 favorite African songs I’ve discovered and want to share with you. Hopefully it will have the effect it has on me, which is it gets me dancing, and if not hopefully at least it will put a smile on your face and give you a taste of Africa. Click on the links to YouTube where you’ll even have the chance to get a look at some of the dance moves that are amazing as well.


Song:
Particula
By: Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa  (ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna)
From: Several Countries

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Harmonize
By: Diamond  Platinumz feat Kwa Ngwaru
From: Tanzania

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Intore dancers Rwanda
Closer shot of the Intore dance, which Intore means warrior

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Song: Dance
By: Timaya featuring Rudeboy (PSquare)
From: Nigeria

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Song: Short N Sweet ft Nyashinski
By: Sauti Sol
From: Kenya

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Song: Fall
By: Davido
From: Nigeria


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Ethiopia dance
Beautiful dances in Ethiopia. Amazing neck and head movement.

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Song: Muziki
By: Darassa featuring Ben pol
From: Tanzania


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Song: African Beauty
By: Diamond  Platinumz featuring Omarion
From: Tanzania



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Song: Antenna
By: Fuse ODG featuring Wyclef Jean
From: British from Ghana

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Batwa songs and dances
Songs and dance by the Batwa people of Western Uganda

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Song: Kamatia
By: Navy Kenzo
From: Tanzania

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And this one is probably my favorite that I had discovered even before my trip
and has some amazing dances:

Song: Sitya Loss
By: Eddie Kenzo
From: Uganda

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If you are reading this, you made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations!
I’m not sure I expected anyone to make it to the bottom!
I thought the African Playlist songs would get you dancing and not paying any more attention to the computer.
I hope you enjoy the songs and it brings your heart some of the beautiful joy and rhythm of Africa!

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