We list the Top 10 African Albums that came out this year, featuring Young Fathers, Tony Allen, Wizkid, Tinariwen and many more.
Young Fathers 'Dead' [Anticon/Big Dada]
Scottish/Nigerian/Liberian trio Young Fathers' debut full-length Dead arrived this year after the release of two sriking mixtapes — Tape One and Tape Two — that could’ve well been albums themselves. The 11-track LP channels the Edinburgh-based group's unconventional blend of haywire synthesizers, heavy beats, choral group vocals, and rhymes into a distinctively pop package. The many shades of Young Fathers' apocalyptic pop are all represented in these 11 songs — from the turbulent ballad "LOW" to the wall-shaking bass of "GET UP." It's not difficult to see how the band beat out FKA Twigs, Damon Albarn and other stiff competition for this year's Mercury Prize. For more from the group, watch their episode of Okayafrica TV and check out their exclusive mixtape for Okayafrica from last year.