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Here's a Playlist of Chill Songs to Relax to at Home

Keep calm with this playlist afro-jazz, funk, alternative, and R&B tracks from Nigeria, South Africa and more.

It's a time of uncertainty and stress right now for people all over the world. As we socially distance and quarantine ourselves, it's expected that we deal with feelings of anxiety and loneliness. But it's also good to remember that we're all in this together and music can certainly help with that.

For that, we've curated a playlist of Chill Songs to Relax to at Home with music ranging from afro-jazz, funk, alternative, and R&B that can help you relax but also maintain perspective during these days.

Listen to this playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.



Tay Iwar "Space" ft. Santi & Preye

Lighten up the mood with this dreamy tune from alté heavyweights Tay Iwar and Santi. "Space" also subtly reminds us to keep a safe distance between ourselves and others.

Fireboy DML "Need You"

When the world seems to be in a pre-apocalyptic state it's likely that we begin to think about our loved ones whom we may be separated from. It's perfectly okay to miss your ex right now and want to text them, and this song by Nigeria's Fireboy DML truly captures the urge.

Starboy ft. Wizkid & Kel P Vibes "Ease Your Mind"

By all means, this is a good time to rest, meditate, cook, stretch, and try to "ease your mind" as Wizkid suggests in this jazzy Kel P-produced track.

Fela Kuti "Water No Get Enemy"

While still on the jazz vibes, the legendary Fela Kuti song "Water No Get Enemy" can be a good reminder that we as humans will surely overcome this difficult period in time as we have so many times before. But also as its title suggests, water is your friend and it's imperative to keep your surroundings as clean and sanitized as can be.

Brymo "Alone"

This interlude from Brymo's 2014 LP Tabula Rasa continues to capture the intense loneliness one may experience during quarantine or isolation.

Wurld "Contagious"

Okay, time to lighten things up again! Pardon the pun, but WurlD's "Contagious" can help shake off the anxiety and remind us that life is beautiful and this too, shall pass.

Lady Donli "Take Me Home" ft. Benjiflow

It's pretty simple, if you aren't working an essential job or out buying much-needed supplies, you need to be in the house.

Wilfresh "Share The Love"

This song, in particular, inspires us to help people in need, and also connect more with our loved ones during these trying times. Check on your friends, hold your loved ones close, donate to those in need, spread positive energy and share the love.

Elaine "Risky"

South African break-out R&B act Elaine is essential for any mellow playlist and her popular track "Risky" makes for great mood music right now.

Odunsi The Engine "Better Days" ft. WANI

Nothing like a feel-good bop from Odunsi and Wani to raise your spirits in these corona times.

Brymo "Patience and Goodluck"

"Patience and Goodluck" from Brymo's 2018 album Oso provides a dose of encouragement that we all need right now.


Listen to this playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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