OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, which’ll keep you on the pulse of the African music scene.
Selected by our editorial team and our network of contributors, DJs, artists, and musicians, our Spotify page will showcase the many diverse styles and sounds coming out of the African continent.
Playlists will include selections of the hottest afrobeats sounds, dedicated mixtapes to Africa’s many famous musical genres and artistic legends, as well as a weekly-updated playlist to keep listeners on top of what’s new and cool across the African continent and its diaspora.
We’re be launching our Spotify channel with six playlists: an Afrobeats Party mix for your nights & weekends, a selection of our favorite Vintage African Records, the best current South African Hip-Hop, a deep dive into Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop, the best Black Punk Bands and, our recurring Songs You Need to Hear This Week, which will update every Friday with the best new music.
Get a closer look and start listening to our OkayAfrica playlists on Spotify below!
Afrobeats is the sound taking over airwaves across the globe—and being used by the likes of Drake, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber & more in their hits. This is your Afrobeats Party mix, featuring all the biggest and latest songs from its leading artists: Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Davido, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, and many more.
Follow the playlist to get updates on new afrobeats jams.
From long lost Ghanaian cassette tapes to Northern & East African record digging finds, these are the Vintage African Records you need in your life. This playlist compiles our favorite vintage re-releases that have come out recently, including classics from Fela Kuti to lesser-known ’70s Ghanaian disco, Zamrock, Zulu rock, Cabo Verdean dance grooves, Nigerian psych-rock, and more.
Follow this playlist to stay up to date on the best vintage African sounds.
At the end of every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a weekend playlist for you.
Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to get weekly updates of the best new African music out there!
Our South African Hip-Hop playlist, Mzansi Heat, will round up the best contemporary SA hip-hop bangers, featuring stars like Cassper Nyovest and AKA, as well as more underground rappers.
Follow this playlist to stay on the pulse of the thriving SA hip-hop scene.
This Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop playlist dives into the use of melodies from the golden age of Ethio-jazz in modern hip-hop classics, featuring tracks from Mulata Astatke, Nas, Madlib, Jay Z, K’naan and more.
These are the Black Punk Bands you need to hear from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique and the diaspora, featuring Bad Brains, National Wake, Big Joanie, and more.