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10 African music videos you can jam to (Week 2 Countdown)

Every week, we countdown our top 10 African hits making the waves,

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Welcome to Muziki Top 10 chart for the week. As usual, we bring you amazing songs that are making waves across the African continent and beyond. Here is a list of the top 10 songs that are selling like hotcakes across the continent

Number 10: Melissa – Shatta Wale

The multiple award-winning Ghanaian dancehall artiste has given us something to dance and vibe to throughout the remaining months of 2019. Melissa which audio is already on youtube is gradually turning to everybody’s favourite, not just in Ghana but Africa as a whole. Melissa is number 10 on this week’s edition of Muziki Top 10 chart.

Number 9: Ololo – Stonebwoy ft Teniola

On our chart again for this week is Ololo by Stonebwoy featuring Teni. Ololo comes just a few months after the Ghanaian Dancehall artiste released ‘Tuff Seed’. The duo delivered their parts excellently to make ‘Ololo’ a monster hit that is played on repeat by music lovers.

The song was produced by one of the finest Ghanian producers, Prinx Pappi. The video which was directed by Prince Dovlo can best be described as breathtaking with wonderful performances from Stonebwoy and the ‘Makanaki’ crooner.

Pay Attention: Watch Muziki Part 1

Number 8: Ykhalik LiIi- Saad Lamjarred

Taking it all the way down to North Africa is the Moroccan-Arabic Pop singer, Saad Lamjarred on this one titled Ykhalik Lili. Lamjarred came to limelight after the release of his song ‘Lm3allem’ which garnered over 770 million views on youtube and is credited to be the highest viewed Arabic song on YouTube. 

Ykhalik Lili is already pulling much streaming and views on music platforms and Youtube respectively. As a matter of fact, it already has 38 million views already. With its melodic, acoustic intro and the strong follow-up beat, the song indeed deserves a place at the top.

Number 7: Doyin – Mr Eazi ft Simi 

Mr Eazi and Simi’s collaboration can never go wrong. We all know that whatever the duo dishes out, either individually or jointly is ‘a hit’. Little wonder ‘Doyin’ became an instant success. Mr Eazy’s easily-flowing lines and Simi’s well-rendered part did all the magic.

Number 6: Gum Body – Burna Boy ft Jorja Smith

Just like Midas, anything Burna Boy touches, whether with his hands or voice instantly turns to gold. Such is the case with Gum body by the African Giant featuring 22-year-old British singer and songwriter, Jorja Smith. The song which has already reached 6 million views on YouTube since its release a month ago, has got many, singing along as it is played. 

Number 5: Yo Pe Remix – Innoss’B ft Diamond Platinum

On our number 5 for this week is Yo Pe by the Congolese music sensation Innoss’B featuring East Africa’s afrobeat Legend, Diamond Platinumz. The Makossa-influenced Yo Pe has already put Innoss B on the list of Central African Artistes to look out for. It continues to enjoy wide acceptance from fans of both Innoss’B and Diamond Platinumz.

Number 4: 49-99 – Tiwa Savage

Arguably, the most successful female artiste in Nigeria of all time, Tiwa Savage has proven that the music industry has enough space for everybody to excel irrespective of gender. 49-99 is Tiwa Savage’s first single since leaving her former label, Mavin Records. The much-publicised 49-99 did not fall short of expectations when it was finally released by the talented songstress.

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In one of her interviews, the ‘Kele Kele Love’ crooner disclosed that 49-99 was written by Olamide and Pheels, with Pheels producing the song. When asked about the inspiration behind the unique title of the song, the former Mavin Records member revealed it came from one of Fela’s songs called ‘Suffering and Smiling’. Just like the title, the video of the song is also unique with its vintage touch.

Number 3: Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee ft Indlovukazi, Supta & Afro Brothers

Gugulethu makes the 3rd position on our top 10 countdown for the week. The rainbow nation is remarkable for producing artistes who make the sort of music you listen and say – yes this is different; this is South Africa!  From the infusion of their unique native languages in the songs to the often-colourful videos. If it is coming from South Africa, then it feels and sounds African.  

Number 2: Ghetto Love – Wizkid

One cannot rightly make a list of top 10 songs in Africa without adding Ghetto Love. It is simply not acceptable! Like most Wizkid’s songs, ghetto Love has refused to dim its light for any other song to shine brighter. In fact, not even Wizkid’s latest single Joro could put Ghetto Love off from the scene. It continues to enjoy both audio and video commercialities. Kudos to StarBoy for always making fans proud!

Number 1: Blow My Mind – Davido ft Chris Brown

Almost after 3 months of its release, Blow My Mind still hold everybody spellbound. The song justifies the massive publicity it got from both Davdo and Chris Brown before it was unleashed.  From the look of things, Blow My Mind will continue its dominance until the end of the last quarter of 2019.

Honourable mentions

Away from our Top 10 Songs of the Week on Muziki, we also present these hits on the break to you for your viewing and listening pleasure:

Sodenka Season 3 By Naiboi ft Jabidii, Didiman, Ben Cyco, Maluda & David Wonder

Kenyan born singer cum music producer Naiboi teamed up with great talents like Jabidii, Didiman, Ben Cyco and others to make this wonderful song a reality. With its strong, indigenous beat Sodenka part 3 is slowing gaining massive acceptance from all music corners.

John Cena By Sho Madjozi

This young Sweedish-South African singer is slowly carving her name in the sands of time. The Limpopo-born singer has gotten global attention with her latest single ‘John Cena’. Recall that the songstress came to limelight in 2018 with her single ‘Huku’. Well, she has done it again, and this time, even better.

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Being Kenya’s International Tourism Ambassador is a Privilege – Naomi Campbell

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English model and actress, Naomi Campbell, has described her confirmation as Kenya’s international tourism ambassador as a privilege and an honour.

Najib Balala, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, had announced the appointment of 50-year-old Campbell as Magical Kenya International Brand Ambassador in January, a development which was widely criticised by Kenyans.

News Central reports that Kenyans had queried why the appointment was not given to Hollywood’s Kenyan-Mexican actress, Lupita Nyong‘o. But, Balala defended his decision by saying Campbell had taken up the role pro bono.

He also added that his ministry had not been able to reach Nyong’o for at least three years.

Gushing over her role as the face of international tourism for Kenya, a country famous for its wildlife safaris and beach resorts, Campbell in an Instagram post said:

“I feel so privileged and honoured to be confirmed as Magical Kenya International Brand Ambassador. Not just because of the obvious benefits that tourism brings to an economy but also I am proud to be able to represent such an important country as Kenya.

“We all know about the astounding areas of natural beauty, the beaches and of course the wildlife but there is much more.

“Kenya has a history going back 100 million years and is considered by many to be the cradle of civilisation so I am humbled to be talking about the country.

“Of course the people are the wealth of any nation and it’s no different with Kenya. It’s people have excelled in the arts, sciences, political thought and sports just to name a few.

“Tourism does of course bring jobs to the local economy, vital for so many small and big entrepreneurs. It helps unleash ideas, creativity, talent and makes for worthwhile and productive lives.

“Tourism is vital on many levels and it is my hope that I can play a small part in helping remind the world about Kenya and on a bigger level wouldn’t it be wonderful if Kenya could help inspire the world after this terrible pandemic we have all been through. Reminding us to be grateful for nature’s beauty and enduring history of our wonderful planet. #NAOMIAFRICA🙏🏾 @magicalkenya 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪”

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Three Endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes Die of Electrocution in Kenya

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The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has confirmed that three Rothschild’s giraffes have died after being electrocuted by low-hanging power powerlines at a Soysambu conservancy in Nakuru.

News Central reports that Rothschild’s giraffe are one of the most endangered species of the animal with estimate putting their population at less than 1,600 in the wild.

Kenya has about 600 Rothschild’s.

KWS said officials from the state-owned power distributing company, Kenya Power, would replace the poles.

“Preliminary reports indicate that the height of the electricity poles crossing Soysambu Conservancy are low, below giraffe’s height,” a statement read in part.

Dr Paula Kahumbu, the Producer and Host of Wildlife Warriors CEO WildlifeDirect, alleged in a tweet that the deaths could have been prevented if experts’ advise was heeded.

In another tweet, Kahumbu added that these deaths were not the first, and that they could have been prevented if expert advice had been followed.

“These power lines have been killing giraffes, vultures and flamingos. Advice from experts was ignored. RIAs [Risk Impact Assessments] are notoriously poor on many development projects. Sad that it takes these kinds of deaths to wake some people up!” she tweeted.

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Icons on Nigeria’s ₦10 Note Inspired Oscar Nominated Movie, ‘Milkmaid’ – Ovbiagele

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It may no longer be news that Nigerian movie, ‘Milkmaid’, is in contention for an award in the 2021 Oscars International Films Category, what is news is the revelation that the film was inspired by a denomination of the Nigerian currency.

“The screenplay was inspired by the two iconic figures at the back of the 10 Naira note, those are the Fulani milkmaids who were carrying their calabashes.

Desmond Ovbiagele, who produced Milkmaid, said his film was inspired by two iconic figures on the ₦10 note. The movie, itself, tells the story of two sisters who were abducted from their village during an insurgency in Northeast Nigeria.

“So I sought to imagine what would happen if the two characters were caught up in an insurgency situation. How would their lives play out and how would they adjust to the new way of life that would be imposed on them.

On the choice of language used in the movie, Ovbiagele said “one could have chosen the easier decision to shoot the film in English language, but because we were striving for authenticity, we didn’t think it would be authentic enough for people in that rural area setting to speak `Queens English’.

The former Investment Banker turned movie producer said he was overwhelmed by the nomination of the movie for the Oscars adding that it was an accolade to reward the efforts of the cast and crew.

“… to fly the Nigerian flag at the Oscars, a Nation of 200 million people, the most prolific film making industry in the world by volume is a tremendous honour,” he said.

The film has already won five Africa Movie Academy Awards, including Best Film.

Oscars organisers, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, will announce nominations for the Academy Awards on March 15 in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

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