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Okayafrica's Top 10 Songs Of 2013

Our choices for the 10 Top African Songs of 2013, featuring DJ Mujava, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, DJ Kuimba, Young Fathers, Kwabs and more.


The past 12 months were accented by notable track releases from all corners of our radar — unknown producers sparked new dance genres, long-lost veterans marked their return and powerhouse collaborations took place. In our Top 10 African Songs of 2013 we highlight the tracks that implanted themselves in our headphones throughout the year and wouldn't let go. Click through our picks, listed in no particular order, featuring songs by DJ Mujava, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Okmalumkoolkat, Kwabs, Show Dem Camp and more.

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Young Fathers "I Heard"

"I Heard" is a trotting lullaby that showcases Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio Young Fathers's penchant for crafting pop hooks and melodies. The track, featured on their outstanding Tape Two, builds on a minimal percussion sample and falsetto vocals, eventually swelling into a lush melancholic wave. For more on the YF crew read our interview with them from earlier this year and check out their Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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