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Okayafrica's Top 10 Music Videos of 2013

See our choices for the most inventive, creative, and boundary-pushing African music videos released in 2013.


The past year saw a flood of eye-grabbing and noteworthy visuals that soundtracked both established and undergrounds acts across our channel. With such abundant choices, we opted to focus our 10 Top African Music Videos of 2013 list on the most inventive, original and boundary-pushing clips and directors from the past 12 months. Click through our ten choices below, listed in no particular order, featuring music videos from Alec Lomami, Burna Boy, Temi Dollface, Stromae, Just A Band and more.

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Alec Lomami "CLV ft. Sammus & Badi Banx." Directed by Thlonepo “Toni” Tlobajane.

Kinshasa-born Alec Lomami’s fantastic clip for "CLV" is crafted around references to video game and arcade culture, with direct nods to Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, and Snake. Overall, though, it lives as a nostalgic nod to youth and a carefree c'est la vie outlook. Director Thlonepo “Toni” Tlobajane told us the idea behind the video was to "create a futuristic, afrocentric video game world that could be set anywhere — be it Kinshasa, Cape Town or New York." Read our interview with Alec Lomami and director Thlopeni for more on "CLV."

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5 Young African Music Video Directors to Look Out For In 2019

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From the burgeoning alté scene to the mainstream, the new school of African directors are injecting fresh energy into the music videos of some of the continent's biggest artists and more.

With their unique perspectives and innovative visual concepts, these young directors and filmmakers are defying many of the cliché music video ideas seen in the Nigerian and Ghanaian scenes—and having a lot of fun every step of the way.

Here are the brilliant new talents behind the lens in the African music scene: David Duncan, Scilla Owusu, Ademola Falomo, Babs Direction and Daviid Anthony.

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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