So, America has just discovered that Africans make good music. It took them long enough, right? In all seriousness, the amount of interest that African music has been getting around the world has exploded in the last 6 years.
The fusion of sounds is exciting for anybody who loves music and the result is that we’re seeing more and more Afro-American collaborations. In fact, the most recent collaboration, between Drake and Wizkid, managed to make it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (We’re talking about “One Dance”).
This got us thinking about some of the other Afro-American collabos we’ve had the pleasure of listening to over the past few years. We decided to put this list together in no particular order. Did we leave any songs out? Hit us up with your own lists on social media or in the comments section below!
davido ft trey songz - wetin’ u say
Trigga Trey loves Africa. He’s performed in Nigeria and South Africa, he name drops our women in songs and he loved teaming up with Davido on this track.
major lazer & moti ft wizkid, ty dolla $ign and kranium - boom
“Boom” is a hidden Major Lazer gem. This track is on the deluxe version of his “Peace is the Mission” album and features Wizkid and Kranium alongside Ty Dolla $ign. That hook from Wizkid should be enough to earn him an American Green Card!
ice prince ft french montana - i swear
Ice Prince is a pioneer when it comes to African rap. We first heard him in 2010 and when his star blew up, French Montana was the first in line to feature on this track.
cassper nyovest ft talib kweli - doc shebeleza remix
Cassper Nyovest’s song “Doc Shebeleza” was huge. So much so that Talib Kweli flew all the way from the States just to spit a verse on the remix. Did Kwe do a good job?
pulse ft busta rhymes - sote remix
Busta Rhymes has always believed in new music and he hopped on the African bandwagon before his peers for this track with Pulse.
d’banj ft snoop dogg - mr endowed remix
There was a time when D’Banj could do no wrong when it came to the music he made. Everything he was touching was turning to Gold and of course the D-O-Double-G wanted in on some of that action.
wale ft olamide, don jazzy and reekado banks - allelu
Wale may sound American but he has never shied away from his Nigerian heritage. He invited some of the biggest names in Naija music for this track, Allelu.