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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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A new and striking six-minute visual from the emPawa boss man.

Mr Eazi comes through with a new 'short film' to accompany "The Don," the standout single off his Something Else EP.

The new video, directed by Babs, starts off with a prison transportation scene in which 'The Don' (Mr Eazi) is broken out of police capture and taken to back to the area he rules over. The rest of the visual is packed with striking shots of kids getting "Don Eazi" tattoos, dancers with creepy clown masks and a beautiful waterfall scene.

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Watch "The Don" short film below and read our full interview with Mr Eazi here.

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