Valentine’s Day is marked by couples and loved ones as a way of expressing love towards one another. Celebrated every February 14th, the day is synonymous with love. Apart from the presentation of gifts, V-Day will certainly not be complete without some good music. And as people of glorious color, we live and breathe music. Afrobeat love songs
It’s obvious that romance thrives across borders. We’re no strangers to the power of love and its importance, and songs celebrating our passion and enthusiasm for love have proven over the years to be a reliable way to convey our emotions to our partners. From Kenya to Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa, African love songs are one of the continent’s biggest exports to the world.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we have compiled a list of Afrobeat love songs that are sure to make hearts flutter when they come on. We are talking about songs with heart-melting lyrics and sound.
Here are 13 Afrobeat love songs to serenade your lover this Valentine’s day…
#1. Davido – Jowo (Nigeria)
A love jam through and through, Jowo is a song about ‘the chase’ which usually characterizes the talking stage of most relationships. In Jowo, Davido woos his prospective lover with sweet words, lavishes her with praise, and promises to give her the world.
#2. Sarkodie ft. Runtown – Pain Killer (Ghana)
There’s no doubt you’ve got a hit love declaration on your hands when you come across a collaboration between Sarkodie, one of the continent’s most prolific rappers and Runtown, the Nigerian artist who never fails to mesmerize us with his distinctive voice. Runtown commands the hook in Pain Killer with a sprinkle of Twi and Sarkodie raps on the low-tempo beat to create a heartwarming love song.
#3. Tiwa Savage – Dangerous Love (Nigeria)
Dangerous Love is a signature tune of Nigerian songstress, Tiwa Savage — a seamless blend of Afrobeats and RnB. It captures how so many of us have loved in fear of the unknown. She tells the true story of love–how it can be a risky adventure. This tune portrays love as a fine blend of excitement, uncertainty, and fear. Surely, it’s entirely different from the utopian portrayal of love in movies.
#4. Diamond Platnumz – Jeje (Tanzania)
On this song, Diamond Platnumz’s golden delivery and romantic Swahili lyricism undoubtedly stands out as one of East Africa’s best. Although Diamond is popular for singing in Swahili, “Jeje” is a Yoruba word for “easy”. The song is a romantic appeal to your lover to take it gently on you. On this track, Diamond pleads with her to go easy on him as she drives him crazy.
#5. CKay – Emiliana (Nigeria)
Ckay has established himself as a skillful love ballad writer in the global industry. His song, Emiliana further deepens his roots. In this song, he narrates how in love he is with his lover and cannot seem to concentrate on anything. He sings about his desire for her attention being the only thing he seeks.
#6. Sauti Sol ft, Burna Boy – Afrikan Star (Kenya)
On Afrikan Star, Sauti Sol shows us a very romantic way of graduating from a crush to a lover. They enlist Nigerian star Burna Boy to drop tried and tested pickup lines. The group reiterates the fact that love is indeed a great feeling to be enjoyed. The central theme is about how the artists’ potential lover can become their lover with the right moves.
#7. Rema – Ginger Me (Nigeria)
Rema took his game a level further with Ginger Me. The song speaks about his admiration for his newly found lover. He lavishes praises on her for being his source of energy, his motivation to go ahead with life. The vibes and overall theme of the song are absolutely outstanding.
#8. Mafikizolo – Ngeke Balunge (South Africa)
In the song, Mafikizolo tries to convince their ‘catch’ that their love story will be the talk of the town and that they can’t be jealous. Perhaps, this is the most soothing, entertaining, romantic, and wildly expressive South African love song yet.
#9. Fireboy DML – Like I Do (Nigeria)
Apart from his unique sound, Fireboy DML is known for his love-related lyrics. The star just knows how to make everything enticing. This is what he did on Like I Do where he affirmed his love for his partner, letting her know that no one can love her like he does. This is the perfect song for renewing vows and promises.
#10. KiDi – Enjoyment (Ghana)
Brilliant and charming, Enjoyment expresses the beautiful side of finding love. Also impressive is the rich content of Enjoyment’s lyrics. Listening to this jam gives the listener an insight into KiDi’s romantic heart, how he feels about the search for the perfect lover, the butterfly moments, and the thrills involved with being in love.
#11. Fiokee, Chike, Gyakie – Follow You (Nigeria)
Nigeria’s acclaimed guitarist Fiokee joined forces with Afro R&B/pop sensations, Chike and Gyakie, to create Follow You, a mesmerizing love melody that’s all shades of soothing and exciting. The heartwarming chorus from Chike captures the essence of the song, which peels into layers of love professions and honest assurances between lovers. Joined by the Ghanaian songbird Gyakie, then laced with Fiokee’s soulful guitar renditions, the track crescendos from the middle right down to the end.
#12. Elaine – You Are The One (South Africa)
Upon its release in 2020, Elaine’s masterpiece quickly became one of the most popular songs on the continent. It’s easy to see why many people appreciate it. You’re The One is effortlessly romantic and effuses love in its grandest forms. In this song, she is the instigator of a love advance and insists that the man she has fallen in love with is “the One.”
#13. Johnny Drille ft. Styl Plus – Odo (Nigeria)
Nigerian multi-talented artiste, Johnny Drille featured veteran music group Styl-Plus on the track titled Odo, which is off his debut album. Anyone who is familiar with the Nigerian music scene of the early 2000s knows Styl Plus and how they dominated the scene with their love songs. Years later, Johnny Drille brought them back for a song people have described as a revival of the OG Nigerian love songs. Afrobeat love songs
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