On Wednesday 25 May, Africa celebrates the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which was formed to create a better life for Africans across the continent. In 2022, the OAU became the African Union (AU) and today, it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
In celebration of Africa Day, The South African has put together a playlist filled with rich African tunes. Take a look at five songs by African artists to add to your playlist on this special day.
1. HUGH MASEKELA – ‘THUMA MINA’
Thuma Mina (which translates to “Send Me”) is one of Hugh Masekela’s most popular songs. The legendary jazz musician addresses several social issues including AIDS, poverty, drugs and alcohol abuse.
LISTEN TO ‘THUMA MINA’ HERE
2. BURNA BOY – ‘DANGOTE’
Burna Boy’s Dangote is from his 2019 Grammy-winning album, African Giant. The track is named after Nigeria’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote. As per OkayAfrica, the track is a message to Nigerians that they can overcome poverty. Burna Boy uses Dangote as a “shining example of pure hustle”.
WATCH THE ‘DANGOTE’ MUSIC VIDEO HERE
3. MASTER KG FEATURING NOMCEBO ZIKODE – ‘JERUSALEMA’
Released in 2019, Master KG’s Jerusalema featuring Nomcebo Zikode quickly became one of the producer’s most successful songs. The song became a global hit in 2020 and sparked a remix with Nigerian muso, Burna Boy.
WATCH THE ‘JERUSALEMA’ MUSIC VIDEO HERE
4. OLIVER MTUKUDZI – ‘TODII’
Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi blew the continent away with his track Todii. The track formed part of his 1999 album, Tuku Music and its aim was to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Africa. The song is sung in Ndebele, Shona and English.
WATCH THE ‘TODII’ MUSIC VIDEO HERE
5. WIZKID FEATURING TEMS – ‘ESSENCE’
Nigerian musos Wizkid and Tems teamed up on Essence in 2020 which took the world by storm. The track formed part of Wizkid’s Made in Africa album and was included in Barack Obama’s favourite songs of 2020.
WATCH THE ‘ESSENCE’ MUSIC VIDEO HERE