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Okayafrica's Top 12 Songs of 2012

We select the Top African songs, singles and tracks to come out this year, featuring work from Spoek Mathambo, Young Fathers and more!


This calendar year was accented by a crop of noteworthy African songs from all corners — heavyweight names, underground acts, dark electronic producers and folk crooners all, at one point, held our undivided ears. With our Top 12 Songs of 2012 list we highlight our top African songs from the past 12 months, featuring selections from Janka Nabay, Spoek Mathambo, Michael Kiwanuka, LV, Young Fathers,  and more. Click through to see all our top African songs, listed in no particular order.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tekno x Mafikizolo, Yaw Tog, Muzi, Seyi Shay x Yemi Alade, M.anifest x Juls and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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