Introducing OkayAfrica On Spotify

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, featuring playlists like Afrobeats Party, Vintage African Records, SA Hip-Hop & more.

OkayAfrica is proud to announce its new channel on Spotify, which'll keep you on the pulse of the African music scene.

Selected by our editorial team and our network of contributors, DJs, artists, and musicians, our Spotify page will showcase the many diverse styles and sounds coming out of the African continent.

Playlists will include selections of the hottest afrobeats sounds, dedicated mixtapes to Africa's many famous musical genres and artistic legends, as well as a weekly-updated playlist to keep listeners on top of what's new and cool across the African continent and its diaspora.

We're be launching our Spotify channel with six playlists: an Afrobeats Party mix for your nights & weekends, a selection of our favorite Vintage African Records, the best current South African Hip-Hop, a deep dive into Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop, the best Black Punk Bands and, our recurring Songs You Need to Hear This Week, which will update every Friday with the best new music.

Follow OkayAfrica's channel on Spotify and make sure to follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to stay updated on new tracks.

Get a closer look and start listening to our OkayAfrica playlists on Spotify below!

Afrobeats Party

Afrobeats is the sound taking over airwaves across the globe—and being used by the likes of Drake, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber & more in their hits. This is your Afrobeats Party mix, featuring all the biggest and latest songs from its leading artists: Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Davido, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, and many more.

Follow the playlist to get updates on new afrobeats jams.


Vintage African Records

From long lost Ghanaian cassette tapes to Northern & East African record digging finds, these are the Vintage African Records you need in your life. This playlist compiles our favorite vintage re-releases that have come out recently, including classics from Fela Kuti to lesser-known ’70s Ghanaian disco, Zamrock, Zulu rock, Cabo Verdean dance grooves, Nigerian psych-rock, and more.

Follow this playlist to stay up to date on the best vintage African sounds.

Songs You Need to Hear This Week

At the end of every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music and round up the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks in a weekend playlist for you.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week to get weekly updates of the best new African music out there!

South African Hip-Hop

Our South African Hip-Hop playlist, Mzansi Heat, will round up the best contemporary SA hip-hop bangers, featuring stars like Cassper Nyovest and AKA, as well as more underground rappers.

Follow this playlist to stay on the pulse of the thriving SA hip-hop scene.

Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop

This Ethiopian Samples In Hip-Hop playlist dives into the use of melodies from the golden age of Ethio-jazz in modern hip-hop classics, featuring tracks from Mulata Astatke, Nas, Madlib, Jay Z, K'naan and more.

Black Punk Bands

These are the Black Punk Bands you need to hear from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique and the diaspora, featuring Bad Brains, National Wake, Big Joanie, and more.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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