Best of 2016

The 16 Best Viral Dance Videos of 2016

Okayafrica gives you the best viral African dance videos of 2016 that you'll be sure to dance along with.

Year after year, we continue to get lost in visual creativity brought to you by talented folks utilizing social media platforms to share their joy of dance.


Dance videos are how we get put on to music we may have missed (because let's admit that it an be a bit much to try to keep up), as well as establish what kind of moves you'll be breaking out in the club (no shame, I'm that person). And because it's the internet, of course there's the cross-cultural exchange we all love.

Below you'll find our favorite viral dance vids of 2016 and why.

Be sure to catch up with Okayafrica's 2016 'Best Ofs' here.

1. Because "Dance For Me" was arguably one of the top dance crazes of the year:

2. Because Kida The Great is a beast:

3. Because the kiddies dancing in breakout groups were too cute:

4. Because kuduro never died:

5. Because South Korea went looking for Johnny too:

6. Because the Ghetto Kids are #mood every damn day:

7. Because it's best to leave ndombolo to the experts:

8. Because these kiddies rep Suriname so hard:

9. Because Ciara and Kaffy getting it on the streets of Lagos was everything:

10. Because Queen Teddy has infectious energy:

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11. Because Tekno's #PanaChallenge made this popping song stuck in your head on the daily:

12. Because this Sherrie Silver collab gives so much heat:

13. Because Beyoncé with an afrobeats twist:

14. Because it's timeless moves with Extra Musica's timeless sound:

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15. Because this is how you should wait for the F train:

16. Because we all wished we ended school days like this:

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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