With Internet penetration expanding steadily across Africa, video streaming platforms, such as YouTube etc, are becoming an increasingly important medium for sharing, enjoying and appreciating African music.
Below are the top 10 latest most watched African music videos on YouTube.
Banana brain was the first video from their album ‘Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid, the video was released on August 31, 2016 and since then has accumulated over 112 million views on youtube as of July 2021.
This here is the one song that propelled Runtown internationally. Back in 2017, this song was the most popular song in Nigeria. The song currently has a staggering 123 million views on Youtube.
Runtown was born on 19 August 1989 in Enugu but grew up partly in Abuja and Lagos, where he finished his primary education.
In 2014 he released “Gallardo”, a song which features vocals from Davido and was released as the first single off his debut studio album Ghetto University.
Gallardo went on to win “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
On 23 November 2015, Runtown released his debut studio album titled Ghetto University via MTN Music Plus through Eric Many Entertainment. The album generated over ₦35 million on the music portal thus earning him a spot in the list of “Top 5 Most Streamed Artist”.
With a record view of over 131 million, IF by Davido can be said to be one of his best songs so far. This song was so hot R-kelly just couldn’t resist jumping on it.
Yemi made her debut in the music scene in 2009, but it was until 2013 that she released this song and everyone was just blown away. The hit song ‘Johnny’ currently holds YouTube record for the most watched African Female (secular) video of all time And the 12th most watched African music video of all time.
Yemi Alade’s debut studio album King of Queens was released on October 2, 2014, by Effyzzie Music Group.
The deluxe edition of King of Queens was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English.
Alade’s second studio album Mama Africa was released on March 25, 2016, by Effyzzie Music Group. The album is the follow-up to her debut studio album King of Queens (2014).
In July 2019, Alade was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s compilation album The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno. Rolling Stone magazine revealed that Alade also recorded a verse for an earlier version of “My Power” in June.
“Ye” is a song by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. It was released in 2018, as the sixth single from his third studio album Outside. The song was produced by Nigerian record producer Phantom. The song peaked at number 26 and 31 on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts, respectively. “Ye” also won Song of the Year and Listener’s Choice at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
Innoss’B is a Congolese singer-songwriter, rapper, percussionist, and dancer from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. His song Yope is the 10th most most watched African music video on youtube.
Innoss’B was born to a musical family – his mother was a church singer, his father was a pop music dancer and he first performed with his brothers in the group Maisha Soul. They trained at Yolé!Africa, a youth cultural center in Goma founded in 2000 by internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Petna Ndaliko Katondolo.
Undoubtedly the greatest song of tekno’s career.
Pana is the fourth most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube and the ninth most viewed African music video on YouTube.
Tekno Miles was first signed under K-Money Entertainment. His first single titled “Holiday” was released under the imprint. With featured vocals from Davido, “Holiday” was positively accepted and gained massive airplay.
In 2013, after he signed a recording contract with Made Men Music Group, he released singles like “Dance” and “Anything” which won him a nomination in the “Best New act of the Year” category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
In 2015, Tekno Miles released his hit single titled “Duro” which was positively received both in Africa and in the USA.
In July 2019, Tekno was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s compilation album The Lion King: The Gift, alongside Yemi Alade and Mr Eazi.
Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group comprises of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and producer God. Their song ‘i fink u freeky’ was released in 2012 and currently is the 8th most viewed african music video on Youtube, with over 166 million views on youtube.
Sinach, is a Nigerian-born gospel music singer, songwriter, and senior worship leader at Loveworld. Her song, “Way Maker”, is her most popular song till date judging from its views. Way Maker currently holds YouTube record for the most watched African Female video of all time And the third most watched Nigerian music video of all time, waymaker is also the most viewed Nigerian gospel music video on youtube.
Osinachi Joseph, known professionally as Sinach, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and senior worship leader at Loveworld. She has released several gospel hit songs, including “Way Maker”, “I Know Who I Am”, “Great Are You Lord”, “Rejoice” and “Jesus is Alive”. Sinach received a Bethlehem Hall of Faith certificate of commemoration during her visit to Israel in December 2017.
In March 2019, the visuals for “Way Maker” became the third Nigerian video to garnered 100 million views on YouTube behind Davido’s “Fall” and Yemi Alade’s Johnny”. “Way Maker” has been covered by multiple Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Leeland, Bethel Music, and Mandisa. In September 2019, Sinach became the first gospel artist from Africa to tour India, headlining concerts with several thousands in attendance.
In May 2020, she became the first African artist to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters chart
With over 178 million views, Ugly Boy by Antwood is the third most viewed South African music video on Youtube and the sixth most viewed African music video on YouTube.
This song here was the one song that propelled Davido internationally. The song currently has a whopping 208 million views on youtube and is Davido’s most viewed video ever on youtube, and also the fifth most viewed African Music Video on YouTube.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Lagos, Davido made his music debut as a member of the music group KB International.
Davido rose to fame in 2011 with the release of “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012).
In January 2016, Davido announced on Twitter that he signed a record deal with Sony Music.
Few months after signing with Sony, Davido founded the Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) record label. Dremo and Mayorkun are currently signed to the label.
In 2017 after he restructured his contract with Sony, Davido released five singles, including “If” and “Fall”. The former generated worldwide social media activity, while the latter became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.
On the low by burna boy is the 4th most viewed african music video on youtube and the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube. The song was released on November 16, 2018. It is a fusion of Afrobeat and dancehall. The song was produced by Kel P and has been described as a mid-tempo love song. The accompanying music video for “On the Low” was shot and directed by Meji Alabi.
Burna boy rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally. His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut.
In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was announced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019; it won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2021, he finally clinched a Grammy for his Album Twice As Tall.
Baby on fire by antwoord is the third most viewed African music video on Youtube and the second most viewed South African music video on youtube with a total of 256 million views. The video was Directed by NINJA and Terence Neale.
Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group is composed of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser. Their image revolves around the South African counterculture movement known as zef.
In 2009, Die Antwoord released their debut album $O$ for free online and attracted international attention for their music video “Enter the Ninja”. After briefly signing with Interscope Records, in 2011 they founded their own label, Zef Recordz, and released their second and third studio albums: Ten$Ion (2012) and Donker Mag (“Dark Power”; 2014). In 2016, they released their fourth album Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid.
“Magic in the Air” is a 2014 single by Ivorian musical group Magic System, featuring Moroccan singer Chawki. The track which was released on 19 May 2014 currently isn’t just the most viewed West African music video on youtube, it is also the second most viewed African music video on youtube.
Magic System is an Ivorian musical group from Abidjan. The group was founded in 1996 and comprises Salif “Asalfo” Traoré, Narcisse “Goude” Sadoua, Étienne “Tino” Boué Bi, and Adama “Manadja” Fanny.
Magic System’s recordings in the Zouglou dance style have featured in the charts throughout Africa (selling over 1.5 million CDs), the West Indies, and in France, where the band became one of the most popular modern African artists.
Master KG’s Jerusalema is the most Viewed African music video on YouTube. It’s also the most Viewed South African music video on YouTube.
The song was released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December. He later included the song on his second album of the same title, released in January 2020. After it went viral during mid-2020, garnering international reaction due to the #JerusalemaChallenge. A remix featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song onto the US Billboard charts.
A second remix featuring Venezuelan singer Micro TDH and Colombian singer Greeicy was released on 17 September 2020.
Kgaogelo Moagi, known professionally as Master KG is a South African musician and record producer. His album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category. He is also known as the pioneer of “Bolobedu” dance. In 2020, his song “Jerusalema”, featuring Nomcebo Zikode, went viral online, garnering international success.