Okayafrica's Top 15 Songs of 2015

We list the Top 15 Songs of the year, including tracks that made a big impact & lesser-known Okayafrica favorites we felt earned a mention.


Angélique Kidjo "Bomba (Velly Remix)" feat. ZZ Ward

Angélique Kidjo "Bomba (Velly Remix)" Single Artwork.

Angélique Kidjo won a 2015 Grammy Award for Eve, an album that featured her Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) collaboration “Bomba.” The song was inspired by a Kenyan chant the Beninese singer heard while visiting a village in the Samburu reserve.

“‘Bomba’ is the name of a traditional item of African women’s clothing,” Kidjo explains , “and the song ‘Bomba’ is a tribute to African women—to their resilience and their beauty.” While the original version stood on its own, the remix by producer Maurice “Velly” Conaway pushes it over the edge into a booming and joyous anthem backed by horns and the added vocals of ZZ Ward.

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