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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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