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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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Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara's Murder

Justice is on the horizon as Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, is indicted for the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country's capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including "assassination" and "concealment of corpses".

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