My African Mother Is...

Angélique Kidjo, Mapei, Sinkane, Toya Delazy and more honor their African moms for Mother's Day 2015.

For Mother's Day this year we asked some of our favorite artists for their help honoring all the moms out there.

Below, nine musicians share photos with their mothers, and how they'd describe them.

My African mother... has an irrepressible spirit

–Angélique Kidjo


My African mother...

she is like no other, often she is single

yet manages to instill


so you keep it real.

You grow into a a strong palm,

from them slaps of that forearm.

she'll keep you from most harm,

and when the times are cold out

you don't slow down,

you remember how mama made it

and you don't fall down.

A queen she is, and I am blessed to be her kid,

Afrikan Mama, Ngiyakuthanda !!!

Toya Delazy


My African mother is... stylish

–Afrikan Boy


Our mother is... the light of our journey.



My African mother... will DIE for her family (I'm saying this based on my experiences with this incredible woman I call MUM....she's too strong.)

–Mashayabhuqe KaMamba


My African mother... was known as ‘Mamy Boku’ [in English ‘Mother Plenty’] because when she sold food at her cookery, she was very fair with the amount of food she gave her customers. They got a lot for their money. She always made sure we didn’t go to bed with an empty stomach.

–Pupa Bajah (Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew)


My African Mother is... Sensational.



My African Mother Is... Dignified.



My mother is a queen. I would like to say I got my beauty from her. Inside and out. She is my favorite artist for she created me-Mapei.


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In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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