Best of 2016

The 16 Best Viral Dance Videos of 2016

Okayafrica gives you the best viral African dance videos of 2016 that you'll be sure to dance along with.

Year after year, we continue to get lost in visual creativity brought to you by talented folks utilizing social media platforms to share their joy of dance.


Dance videos are how we get put on to music we may have missed (because let's admit that it an be a bit much to try to keep up), as well as establish what kind of moves you'll be breaking out in the club (no shame, I'm that person). And because it's the internet, of course there's the cross-cultural exchange we all love.

Below you'll find our favorite viral dance vids of 2016 and why.

Be sure to catch up with Okayafrica's 2016 'Best Ofs' here.

1. Because "Dance For Me" was arguably one of the top dance crazes of the year:

2. Because Kida The Great is a beast:

3. Because the kiddies dancing in breakout groups were too cute:

4. Because kuduro never died:

5. Because South Korea went looking for Johnny too:

6. Because the Ghetto Kids are #mood every damn day:

7. Because it's best to leave ndombolo to the experts:

8. Because these kiddies rep Suriname so hard:

9. Because Ciara and Kaffy getting it on the streets of Lagos was everything:

10. Because Queen Teddy has infectious energy:

A video posted by QUEENTEDDY (@queenteddy) on

11. Because Tekno's #PanaChallenge made this popping song stuck in your head on the daily:

12. Because this Sherrie Silver collab gives so much heat:

13. Because Beyoncé with an afrobeats twist:

14. Because it's timeless moves with Extra Musica's timeless sound:

A video posted by Denatora (@denatora) on

15. Because this is how you should wait for the F train:

16. Because we all wished we ended school days like this:

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Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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