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Okayafrica's Top 10 Releases Of 2013

Browse through our Top10 African Music Releases that came out in 2013, featuring Kae Sun, Spoek, Laura Mvula and more.


2013 saw waves of music releases drop across the continent & the diaspora. In our Top 10 African Music Releases of 2013 we highlight the full-lengths, EPs, mixtapes, and reissues that impressed and stayed on repeat throughout the year featuring Spoek, Bombino, Laura Mvula, William Onyeabor and more. Browse through them below, listed in no particular order.

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Kae Sun 'Afriyie'

Afriyie, the sophomore effort from Ghanaian/Canadian songwriter Kae Sun, cycles through beautifully-crafted modern pop songs with remnants of folk, soul and electronic influences. The album, produced by Kae Sun and Science!, features standouts like the slow-burning  “Ship And The Globe” and the jolting, staccato-riffed “When The Pot.” Afriyie is available on iTunes and URBNET.

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