It is an established fact that African artists are shining brightly on the global music stage. From West to East, South, North and Central Africa, artistes are relentlessly doling out amazing songs. On this week’s edition of Muziki, our official African Music Chart, we bring you a list of the top 10 songs that have continued to dominate our airwaves and keep fans and music lovers thrilled.
Number 10: Anybody – Burna Boy
At number 10 on this week’s Muziki music chart is Anybody by Burna Boy. The hit song off his African Giant album, released on July 2019 has found its way to the hearts of many music lovers. With a whopping 12 million views on YouTube, ‘Anybody’ is indeed a seasonless song. Play it at a birthday party, nightclub, in your sitting room.. the song will definitely get everybody doing the ‘Fela Dance’ spontaneously!
Number 9: Online – DJ Vitoto ft Moonchild Sanelly
DJ Vitoto’s Online is number 9 on the list. The song which features South African musician and dancer, Moonchild Sanelly, leaves one asking for a repeat whenever and wherever it is played. Released July, this year, ‘Online’ has continued to enjoy both commercial and musical patronage from music lovers across Africa.
Number 8: Kiza Kinene – Nandy ft Sauti Sol
Sitting at number 8 this week is Kiza Kinene by Nandy featuring Sauti Sol. The song from Tanzanian’s award-winning female singer and songwriter featuring Kenya’s Afropop band, Sauti Sol has continued to hold listeners spellbound. With its smooth African rhythm and strong lyrics rendered in French, Kiza Kinene has taken the stage since its release about a month ago. The video, which features an impressive dance performance, has garnered over 1.9 million views on YouTube.
Number 7: Doyin – Mr Eazi ft Simi
Mr Eazi is never found wanting when it comes to releasing mad hits. The ‘leg over’ singer has taken it upon himself to always give his fans something to dance and vibe to with every release. On this one, he features Simi to produce this beautiful soul-enriching song. With 5.9 million YouTube views and millions of streams and downloads, the song is undoubtedly a major hit.
Number 6: Ololo – Stonebwoy ft Teniola
Released in September this year, Ololo has continued to appeal to music lovers. The Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and reggae artiste features Nigerian songstress, Teni on this one. Ever since Stonebwoy released his debut single, Climax, featuring Samini, he has been serving it hot to millions of his fans.
Number 5: I Like – Kojo Fund ft Wizkid
At number 5 on our top 10 is ‘I Like’ by Kojo Fund. The Ghanian-British born artiste who calls his music genre Afroswing featured Wizkid on this one. With 7.4 million views on Youtube, the song deserves to be in the ranks.
Number 4: 49-99 – Tiwa Savage
The much-anticipated song started dominating the waves immediately the former Marvin records queen released it. With a uniquely conceived video to accompany the song, it’s been taking out the competition. Tiwa has been doing big things nonstop from Mavin Record to Universal Music. The fact that she could come up with such an amazing song did not come as a surprise to her fans.
Number 3: Yo Pe Remix – Innoss’B ft Diamond Platinum
Innocent Didance Balume popularly known by his stage name as Innoss’B has remixed his single titled Yo Pe. The Congolese singer and songwriter featured Diamond Platnumz to add a whole different vibe to the remixed version. It made it to number 3 on the Muziki Top 10 chart.
Number 2: Ghetto Love – Wizkid
Ever since the ‘Ojuelegba’ singer released ‘Ghetto Love’ his first single of the year, the song has enjoyed high youtube views. Even when it seemed the follow-up single Joro, would douse the popularity of Ghetto Love, the song has continued to appeal to people.
Number 1: Blow My Mind – Davido ft Chris brown
Sitting on our number one throne is Davido and Chris Brown’s first collaboration, ‘Blow My Mind.’ The song which is worth every bit of attention, is still on repeat for many and still being massively streamed. Fans have gotten a taste of the latest collaboration between Davido and Chris Brown with the audio release of ‘Lower Body.’ But that hasn’t stopped ‘Blow My Mind’ from continuing to dominate the charts.
Bonus tracks of the week – Honourable mentions
Beginning – JoeBoy
Following his break out hit ‘Baby’, Joeboy has made it obvious he has come to write his name in the sands of time with his follow-up single titled ‘Beginning’. This is surely one young artiste to look out for!
Saara – Sarkodie ft Efya
The Ghanaian Rapper featured Efya to come up with ‘Saara’ which is doing just great on music platforms. Coming from the Ghanian rap legend himself one already knows the song cannot fall below expectations.
South African Airways cancels flights ahead of strike
Around 3,000 South African Airways workers are expected to take part in the open-ended strike starting Friday
South African Airways (SAA) said Wednesday it was cancelling all its flights as thousands of workers vowed to press ahead with an indefinite strike the following day after the troubled national carrier announced a major retrenchment plan.
Around 3,000 workers, including cabin crew, check-in, ticket sales, technical and ground staff, are expected to take part in the open-ended strike starting Friday, their unions said.
The looming shutdown forced SAA to announce in a late-night statement on Wednesday that it “has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16”.
“The airline’s key objective is to minimise the impact of disruptions for its customers,” it said.
Unions earlier Wednesday vowed their members would forge ahead with the strike, which the state-owned airline warned could collapse the embattled carrier.
“We are embarking on the mother of all strikes,” Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, president of the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) told a news conference in Johannesburg.
“We are grounding that airline on Friday,” said Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
The unions are pressing for a three-year guarantee of job security and an eight per cent across-the-board wage hike.
‘Mother of all strikes’ –
Pilots — who are not taking part in the strike – have accepted a 5.9-per cent increase, they said.
The airline had announced on Monday a restructuring process that could affect 944 employees and “lead to job losses”.
The airline, which employs more than 5,000 workers, is one of the biggest in Africa, with a fleet of more than 50 aircraft providing dozens of domestic, regional and European flights each day.
But the company is deep in debt, despite several government bailouts, and has not recorded a profit since 2011.
The unions blamed the SAA board and executive management for the airline’s crisis.
“They have deliberately destroyed what used to be one of the world’s best airlines, because of maladministration, rampant looting and corruption,” they said in a statement.
SAA Chief Executive Officer Zuks Ramasia warned that the strike would “exacerbate rather than ameliorate our problem” and urged the unions to make affordable demands.
“The unions and all employees should be mindful of the current financial constraints the company is facing,” she said in a statement.
She said the unions were aware that the airline’s financial woes were “caused by a number of factors, including a severely distressed global airline industry.”
This, she argued, had resulted in “numerous airlines retrenching staff, embarking on cost-reduction programmes, implementing wage freezes, reducing operations, or even closing down.”
The airline has been surviving off government bailouts. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in February that the government would reimburse the company’s 9.2-billion-rand ($620-million) debt over the next three years.
South Africa is struggling to get its state-owned companies back on track after nine years of corruption and mismanagement under former president Jacob Zuma.
Analyst Daniel Silke warned in a tweet that the planned strike “may kill an airline already on its knees affecting the jobs of thousands more.”
Former Spanish garrison becomes tourist magnet
In the heart of Western Sahara, a former garrison town has become an unlikely tourist magnet after kitesurfers discovered the windswept desert coast was perfect for their sport.
In Dakhla, an Atlantic seaport town punctuated with military buildings in Morocco-administered Western Sahara, swarms of kitesurfers now sail in the lagoon daily.
“Here there is nothing other than sun, wind and waves. We turned the adversity of the elements to our advantage: that’s the very principle of kitesurfing,” said Rachid Roussafi.
After an international career in windsurfing and kitesurfing, Roussafi founded the first tourist camp at the lagoon at the start of the 2000s.
“At the time, a single flight a week landed in Dakhla,” the 49-year-old Moroccan said.
Today, there are 25 a week, including direct flights to Europe.
“Dakhla has become a world destination for kitesurfing,” said Mohamed Cherif, a regional politician.
Tourist numbers have jumped from 25,000 in 2010 to 100,000 today, he said, adding they hoped to reach 200,000 annual visitors.
The former Spanish garrison is booming today with the visitor influx adding to fishing and trade revenue.
Kitesurfing requires pricey gear — including a board, harness and kite — and the niche tourism spot attracts well-off visitors of all nationalities.
Peyo Camillade came from France “to extend the summer season”, with a week’s holiday costing about 1,500 euros ($1,660).
Only the names of certain sites, like PK 25 (kilometre point 25), ruined forts in the dunes and the imposing and still in-use military buildings in Dakhla, remind tourists of the region’s history of conflict.
In the 1970s, Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, and fought a war with the Algeria-backed Polisario Front from 1975 to 1991, when a ceasefire deal was agreed.
Without waiting for the political compromise that the UN has been negotiating for decades, hotels have sprouted from the sand along the coast, and rows of streetlights on vacant lots announce future subdivisions.
‘Good communication’ –
“The secret to success is to develop kitesurfing with good communication focused on the organisation of non-political events,” said Driss Senoussi, head of the Dakhla Attitude hotel group.
Accordingly, the exploits of kitesurfing champions like Brazilian Mikaili Sol and the Cape Verdian Airton Cozzolino were widely shared online during the World Kiteboarding Championships in Dakhla last month.
The competition seemed to hold little interest for Dakhla’s inhabitants however.
Only a few young people with nothing to do and strolling families found themselves on the beach for the finals.
Just as rare are the foreign tourists who venture into the town of 100,000 residents to shop.
Like her friends, Alexandra Paterek prefers to stay at her hotel, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) from downtown.
“Here is the best place in the world for learning kitesurfing,” said the 31-year-old Polish stewardess.
On her understanding of the broader regional context, she said: “It’s an old Spanish colony and they have good seafood, for sure.”
Like many tourists, she was under the impression that the area belonged to Morocco, as the destination tends to be marketed in the travel industry as “Dakhla, Morocco”.
That angers the Polisario, which wants independence for the disputed region and tried last year in vain to sue businesses it said were “accomplices to the occupying military power.”
The independence movement is now focused on challenging commercial deals between Morocco and the European Union that involve Western Sahara, according to the group’s French lawyer Gilles Devers.
Moroccan authorities are looking actively for investors for their development projects on the west coast, the most ambitious being the Dakhla Atlantique megaport with a budget of about $1 billion to promote fishing.
Environmental concerns –
On the lagoon, surrounded by white sand and with its holiday bungalows, “there is a struggle between developing aquaculture and tourism,” said a senior regional representative, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“One has less impact on the environment, but the other generates more revenue and jobs,” said the representative, adding that “pressure from real-estate investors is very high.”
With the influx of tourists, the protection of the environment has become a major concern.
“Everything is developing so quickly… we need to recycle plastic waste and resolve the issue of wastewater,” said Rachid Roussafi.
Daniel Bellocq, a retired French doctor, worries for the future of this lagoon, that was “once so wild” that he has kitesurfed in for 20 years.
“There is green algae that weren’t there before, it’s becoming a septic tank,” he said.
Regional councillor Cherif, though, insists the bay is clean, saying: “All the hotels are equipped with wastewater management systems.”
For him, the real threat is from plastic waste, whether it is dropped by tourists or brought by sea currents.
South Africans protest against Burna Boy’s performance at the Africans Unite Concerts
A group known as Tshwane Collective registered their displeasure with Burna Boy’s participation in the 2-day concert.
There might just be a problem with Burna Boy’s attendance at the Africans Unite Concert scheduled to hold in South Africa on 23 and 24 November. The group known as Tshwane Collective has on Tuesday registered their displeasure with Burna Boy’s participation in the 2-day concert. Tshwane Collective, a group formed by some South African musicians, sent a petition to South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture, protesting the inclusion of Burna Boy in two concerts to be held on the 23rd and 24th of November respectively.
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“Whoever may have deemed that the country needs a PR exercise of this nature would have done so largely as a result of the callous, misleading and unwarranted incitement by this very artist. Not only did he spread falsehoods through his extensive platform, he literally incited violence and hate. He further promised to inflict his own violence on locals before giving your government an ultimatum which you seem to have received and succumbed to”.
Recall that Burna Boy had in September, taken to his Twitter account to urge black foreigners in South Africa to protect and defend themselves against the incessant xenophobic attacks going on in the country at that time. In an obvious heat of anger, Burna Boy also criticized and threatened to beat up South African rapper AKA for the later’s xenophobic comments against black foreigners. The African giant wrapped it up with a firm promise to never visit South Africa until the government woke up to put an end to the frequent xenophobic attacks.
Ironically, Burna Boy had already pledged to donate part of the proceeds he would make from the concert to the victims of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. This, the Afrobeat singer disclosed via a tweet that says:
“The first of many! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of Xenophobic attacks by me! I really hope we can all keep contributing in our own way to make the world a better and safer place for each other. # Africansunite, it’s bigger than all of us”
The South African government should not continue to treat these frequent xenophobic attacks and its tendencies, such as the one currently exhibited by Tshwane Collective with kids glove. Actions like this can easily degenerate to uncontrollable violence hence the need to be nipped in the bud. Things like this portray South Africa as the hub of remorseless emotions. Burna Boy may have gone overboard with words but we all know the circumstances that necessitated such outburst. Africans were murdered by their fellow Africans in cold blood. Their only offence was being black and living in a country that was not theirs! Burna Boy’s countrymen were among the worst hit. No one could have reasonably expected him to keep quiet, especially, as a core Afrocentric musician of International acclaim he is.
As one of the top African Economies, South Africa undoubtedly occupies a top position in Africa. She should always act in ways that are befitting of such a position. Enough of the government’s tolerance to the issues of hate and discrimination in the country.
The Africans Unite Concerts is a response to the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The Concert is organised by Nigeria’s Play Network Africain in partnership with Phambili Media, South Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture. Burna Boy, Kwesta and Jidenna are expected to grace the occasion with their performances. The Concert will hold at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town and Sun ArenaTime Square in Pretoria on 23 and 24 November respectively.
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