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Okayafrica’s Top 15 Albums of 2015

From Malian desert rock to Afro-Cuban chants to ‘Noirwave’ and beyond, we list the 15 best albums of the year.


2015 was the year of the extraordinary debut album. From Malian desert rock to Afro-Cuban chants to ‘Noirwave’ and beyond, the last 12 months saw groundbreaking African sounds spread across the continent and win over Western audiences as well.

New established acts took influences from afrobeat, kwaito, dancehall, traditional shangaan music, and much more to drop albums on labels like Atlantic, XL, Domino, Warp, and many others.

Below we list our Top 15 Albums of 2015, presented in no particular order, featuring the likes of Ibeyi, Young Fathers, Sauti Sol, Burna Boy, Riky Rick and many more.

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