Teintée Africaine

Teintée Africaine

The idea behind ‘Teintée Africaine’ came about when I noticed a growing trend: European acts of African descent were increasingly tapping into the current popular African sounds and genres to innovate. The idea, then, was to pair those works with those made at the source. While the latter enjoyed less plaudits outside its locale, I felt that it deserved just as much of the spotlight.

Things are much different today. African pop music has gained more acceptance and recognition outside of the continent’s shores. Reasons for such a shift are numerous (and a much needed deep dive is in the works). Nowadays, African pop bonafides are no longer questioned.

Accordingly, the playlist underwent some slight changes in subsequent iterations: more songs, more homegrown and home-based artists… The current playlist shape and format evolves from the last time we visited this concept (two years ago!)

First, pick your preferred platform to enjoy the playlist

What should I be expecting?

Last time there was a ‘Teintée Africaine’ playlist, it was broken into three smaller chunks, each of which indicating best time/setting to consume it: late afternoons, at night shindings, and while winding down into dawn. While, the playlist was put together with the same situations in mind, it felt more appropriate to do away with a group of playlists.

No matter how good the playlist, there’s no telling how it will be taken in. For instance, a lot of people like to shuffle the song order. Also, African Pop songs can fit into almost any situation so the order here is merely suggestive. Lastly, this playlist will be updated on a monthly basis; focusing on one playlist instead of three is much (much!) easier.

By the way, there’s an add-on! Each playlist update will come with a list of recommended projects (albums, compilations, EPs, etc.) that are worth more ear time. Granted, you would find several songs from those projects featured on the playlist. Still, we also believe you’d find as much delight in the whole projects as we have. 

So, what do you recommend?

The slideshow of covers below are from works that we’ve jammed throughout the year. The artists are either African or of African descent. Needless to say, we enjoin you to listen to them. Click on your album cover of choice for download and streaming options.

What about the tracklist?

001. Cheque ::: Loco
002. Olakira ::: In My Maserati
003. Worlasi & Drvmroll ::: Kilode (feat. Wes7ar 22)
004. Kelvin Boy, Mugeez & DarkoVibes ::: Momo (Mobile Money)
005. Fameye ::: Choices (feat. Pappy Kojo)
006. Adekunle Gold ::: Okay
007. Tems ::: Damages
008. Tayc ::: Ride (feat. Leto)
009. Vegedream & Tayc ::: Pour nous
010. Aya Nakamura ::: Doudou
011. Omah Lay ::: Godly
012. Wizkid ::: Ginger (feat. Burna Boy)
013. Tiwa Savage ::: Ole (feat. Naira Marley)
014. Timaya ::: Chulo Bother Nobody
015. Flavour ::: Looking Nyash
016. Rema ::: Peace of Mind
017. DJ Tunez ::: PAMI (feat. Wizkid, Adekunle Gold & Omah Lay)
018. Manu WorldStar ::: Choko (Part 2) [feat. ANATII]
019. Tiwa Savage ::: Park Well (feat. Davido)
020. Omah Lay ::: My Bebe
021. Olamide ::: Infinity (feat. Omah Lay)
022. Wizkid ::: No Stress
023. Reekado Banks, Kida Kudz & EO ::: Need More
024. Manu WorldStar ::: Nalingi Remix (feat. Sjava, Roberto & $pacely)
025. NSG ::: Lupita
026. Bramsito ::: Mañana
027. Barack Adama ::: T’epauler (feat. Maître Gims)
028. Mr Eazi & Major Lazer ::: Oh My Gawd (feat. Nicki Minaj & K4mo)
029. Poptain & Nutty O ::: Kokai
030. Linah ::: Kilegeze (feat. Dogo Janja)
031. Nandy ::: Do Me (feat. Billnass)
032. Meddy ::: Carolina
033. Diamond Platnumz ::: Haunisumbui
034. Mbosso ::: Fall
035. Nyashinski ::: Hapo Tu (feat. Chris Kaiga)
036. Parroty, Mejja, Kabagazi & Oneboy ::: Lewa
037. Naira Marley ::: Koleyewon
038. Mayorkun ::: Of Lagos
039. Busiswa ::: SBWL (feat. Kamo Mphela)
040. Davido ::: Something Fishy
041. Tems ::: The Key
042. Patoranking ::: Yo Body
043. NSG ::: Trust Issues
044. Kelvyn Boy ::: Style
045. Tamy Moyo ::: Kuteera (feat. Jah Prayzah)
046. Nina Roz & Daddy Andre ::: Nangana
047. Tayc ::: African Sugar (feat. Tiwa Savage)
048. Samba Peuzzi ::: La famille
049. VDA ::: Tu chantes pas fort
050. 100 Façon ::: Chinois à vie
051. Kuami Eugene ::: Show Body (feat. Falz)
052. NSG ::: Kate Winslet (feat. Unknown T)
053. Nelson Freitas ::: Plena (feat. Julinho KSD)
054. Zuchu ::: Nobody (feat. Joeboy)
055. Vinka ::: Love Panic
056. Alpha P & Psycho YP ::: Vibe with Me
057. TEE ::: Pull Up (feat. Samba Peuzzi)
058. DARKOO ::: Cinderella (feat. 4Keus)
059. Riky Rick ::: UNGAZINCISHI (feat. Focalistic & Tyler ICU)
060. Davido ::: FEM

061. Bella Shmurda, Zlatan & Lincoln ::: Cash App
062. Zlatan ::: Lagos Anthem
063. Burna Boy ::: Way Too Big
064. Mayorkun ::: Your Body
065. Davido ::: The Best (feat. Mayorkun)
066. Olamide ::: Loading (feat. Bad Boy Timz)
067. Fally Ipupa ::: Likolo (feat. Ninho)
068. Aveiro Djess ::: Le nyama
069. Numerica ::: VFQLD
070. MPR ::: Semeki (Mbala boni bako benga yo semeki)
071. Fabregas Le Métis Noir ::: Yomoko Pona (feat. Innoss’B)
072. Toofan ::: Ye Mama (feat. Fally Ipupa)
073. Diamond Platnumz ::: Waah! (feat. Koffi Olomide)
074. Stonebwoy & Davido ::: Activate
075. Kwesi Arthur & Joeboy ::: Baajo
076. Yxng Bane ::: Cut Me Off (feat. D-Block Europe)
077. Navy Kenzo ::: Bampa 2 Bampa (feat. Nandy)
078. Mas Musiq & Aymos ::: Bambelela (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)
079. Nomcebo Zikode ::: Xola Moya Wam’ (feat. Master KG)
080. Reece Madlisa & Zuma ::: Jazzidisciples (Zlele) (feat. Mr JazziQ & Busta 929)
081. Reece Madlisa & Zuma ::: Sithi Sithi (feat. Mr JazziQ & Busta 929)
082. MFR Souls ::: Amanikiniki (feat. Major League DJz, Kamo Mphela & Bontle Smith)
083. Mapara A Jazz ::: John Vuli Gate (feat. Ntosh Gazi & Colano)
084. Focalistic ::: Ke Star (feat. Vigro Deep)
085. Focalistic ::: Onoroko (feat. Riky Rick, Semi Tee & Reece Madlisa)
086. Major League DJz & Abidoza ::: Le Plane E’Landile (feat. Cassper Nyovest, Kammu Dee & Ma Lemon)
087. Mas Musiq ::: Emakasana (feat. Aymos, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa & TO Starquality)
088. Kabza De Small, Bob Mabena, Madumane & Tyler ICU ::: Drip Drip Juluka
089. William Last KRM ::: Ngeke (feat. Dee’z Twins)
090. Rema ::: Woman
091. Rayvanny ::: Woza (feat. Diamond Platnumz)
092. Harmonize ::: Ushamba
093. R2Bees ::: Yawa (feat. Sarkodie)
094. Sarkodie, Zlatan & Rexxie ::: Hasta La Vista
095. Rayvanny ::: Amaboko (feat. Diamond Platnumz)
096. Innoss’B ::: Olandi
097. Bebi Philip ::: Samatank (feat. Diaby Mohamed)
098. Dadju ::: Dieu merci (feat. Tiakola)
099. 13 Block ::: Babi
100. William Last KRM ::: Tinto
101. Miss Pru ::: Price To Pay (feat. Blaq Diamond & Malome Vector)
102. Audiomarc ::: Audio Czzle (feat. Nasty C)
103. Nasty C, Lil Gotit & Lil Keed ::: Bookoo Bucks
104. Cassper Nyovest ::: Nokuthula (feat. Busiswa)
105. Khaligraph Jones ::: Kwendaa
106. Joey B ::: AKOBAM (feat. Kofi Mole & Medikal)
107. Yaw Tog ::: Sore (feat. O’Kenneth, City Boy, ReGGie & Jay Bhad)
108. Shatta Wale ::: Ahodwo Las Vegas (feat. Kofi Jamar, Amerado, YPee, Kweku Flick, King Paluta, Phrimpong & Phaize)
109. Sam Samouraï ::: Sapo Gang, pt. 3
110. Yodé & Siro ::: On dit quoi ?
111. Bass Thioung ::: Def Patt (feat. Samba Peuzzi)
112. Zoro ::: AYO’M (feat. Phyno, Mr Eazi, Chike & Umu Obiligbo)
113. KO-C & Coco Argentée ::: Caléçon
114. Fireboy DML & Wande Coal ::: Spell
115. Peruzzi ::: Southy Love (feat. Fireboy DML)
116. Heavy-K ::: Uyeke (feat. Natalia Mabaso)
117. Sun-El Musician & Msaki ::: Ubomi Abumanga
118. DJ Zinhle ::: Indlovu (feat. Loyiso)
119. Mthandazo Gatya ::: Senzeni (feat. DJ Manzo SA & Comado)
120. Master KG ::: Jerusalema (Remix feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode)

121. Wizkid ::: Blessed (feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley)
122. Chike ::: If You No Love (feat. Mayorkun)
123. CKay ::: Love Nwantiti (ah ah ah) [feat. Joeboy & Kuami Eugene]
124. Tayc ::: N’y pense plus
125. Aya Nakamura ::: Mon Lossa (feat. Ms Banks)
126. Naza ::: Joli bébé (feat. Niska)
127. Soraia Ramos & Calema ::: O Nosso Amor
128. Djodje ::: Bela
129. Gerilson Insrael ::: Felicidade
130. Blaq Diamond ::: SummerYoMuthi
131. Azana ::: Your Love
132. Shekhinah ::: Fixate (feat. Bey T)
133. Herman ::: Zvandofarira
134. Rema ::: Ginger Me
135. Johnny Drille ::: Mystery Girl
136. 2Baba ::: Target You (feat. Syemca)
137. Sun-El Musician & Azana ::: Uhuru
138. Sha Sha ::: Woza
139. Zandimaz ::: Emathandweni (feat. Nokwazi)
140. Black Motion ::: Marry Me (feat. Msaki)
141. Simmy ::: Emakhaya (feat. Da Capo & Sun-El Musician)
142. Black Coffee ::: Wish You Were Here (feat. Msaki)
143. Amaarae, Kojey Radical & Cruel Santino ::: JUMPING SHIP
144. Burna Boy ::: 23
145. Joeboy ::: Celebration
146. Yemi Alade ::: I Choose You (feat. Dadju)
147. Liya ::: Melo
148. Patoranking ::: Matter (feat. Tiwa Savage)
149. Fireboy DML ::: ELI
150. Aya Nakamura ::: Plus jamais (feat. Stormzy)
151. Joé Dwèt Filé ::: La même chose
152. Ronisia ::: Atterrissage
153. Ya Levis ::: Nakati
154. Tayc ::: Comme toi
155. Arrow Bwoy & Otile Brown ::: Niache Niende
156. Rayvanny ::: Number One (feat. Zuchu)
157. Nandy ::: Nibakishie (feat. Alikiba)
158. Vhudie ::: My Yoki Yoki
159. Daddy Andre ::: Tugende Mu Church
160. Bahati ::: Najua (feat. Vivian)
161. Sauti Sol ::: Nenda Lote
162. Charlotte Dipanda ::: cœur en cage (feat. Singuila)
163. Naza ::: Faut pardonner
164. Dinos ::: Je wanda (feat. Tayc)
165. Aya Nakamura ::: Préféré (feat. OBOY)
166. Tayc ::: Qui
167. Timaya ::: The Mood
168. MzVee ::: Halleluyah (feat. Medikal)
169. Basketmouth, Show Dem Camp & Oxlade ::: Myself
170. Ben Pol ::: Walimwengu
171. Mbosso ::: Sina Nyota
172. Pallaso ::: Malamu
173. Winnie Nwagi ::: Everything
174. Burna Boy ::: Real Life (feat. Stormzy)
175. Davido ::: Jowo
176. Oxlade ::: O2
177. Yemi Alade ::: Deceive (feat. rudeboy)
178. Flavour ::: Berna (feat. Fally Ipupa & Tekno)
179. Naira Marley ::: Chi Chi
180. Davido ::: Holy Ground (feat. Nicki Minaj)

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I wrote as kid. (I'd die if you'd ever get your hands on those poems.) And I wrote as a teen. (We thought our raps would spearhead revolution.) I write these days to share my joys and perspectives. I am as subjective as they come. I found a bunch of blessed souls that are just as expressive. And Africa is all the better for it. (I think I never really changed.)
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