Add some African flavour to your playlist

“E don cast, last last,” “Na everybody go chop breakfast.”

By now, we should all know Burna Boy’s famous “Last Last” song. And if you still haven’t learned the lyrics, there’s still time.

For the past few years, Afrobeats music has been making headlines, with artists such as Tems, Wizkid and Burna Boy producing amazing songs for a summer playlist.

I’m sure we all have a couple go-to Afrobeats tracks to set the mood for any party, but if you need more, we’ve got you covered. You can add more heat to your playlist by checking out these artists who continue to shake things up for the culture.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start building a new Afrobeats playlist!

Burna Boy

Burna Boy is dressed in black and performing at a concert.

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“Don’t wanna waste my days, I want to spend them on enjoyment.” I’m sure you’re singing along to Burna Boy’s song “It’s Plenty” right now.

Not only does he create songs for pure enjoyment, but he has been vulnerable about his victories and disappointments in life. His latest album, Love Damini is a prime example of a collection of songs focusing on his personal journey, growth and life.


Tems is wearing braids and walking through beaded curtains slowly.

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“I got nothing to admire, taste certain.” “Baby, longing you make me feel something.” Lines from the popular song “Fountains” by Tems featuring Drake.

We can all agree that Tems’ vocals are soothing to the ear. Collaborating with some of your favourite artists such as Wizkid and Future, Tems is the perfect Afrobeats artist to add to your playlist.

And if you’re having a rough day, we think listening to a few of her songs will leave you in a better mood.


Rema is dressed in a black shirt and singing.

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“Baby, calm down, calm down.” “Girl, this your body e put in my heart for lockdown.”

Rema’s famous song “Calm Down” continues to make waves in the music industry. What makes him stand out as an artist is his unique melodies and creation of his own sub-genre known as Afrowave.

Are you searching for the best hits on Spotify? All of Rema’s songs can classify as platinum.

Tiwa Savage

Tiwa is wearing braids and talking.

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“London, I no come this lie to suffer.” “If I follow politician.” Her famous song “Koroba” continues to trend, making it the perfect song for parties.

She has collaborated with artists such as Brandy and Wizkid. And if you haven’t listened to her latest album, More Love, Less Ego, you’re missing out!

Whether it’s Black History month, or any other time of the year, we believe in the importance of highlighting Black excellence everywhere. So, as Afrobeats continue to dominate the industry, there’s no reason to hesitate to jump on the wave.

And to celebrate Black Excellence in our very own community, IGNITE will recognize five outstanding Black/African students here on campus.

Recipients of the Black Excellence Scholarship will receive $1000 as a reward based on their academic standing and community involvement.

Applications will open on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and close on Tuesday, Feb. 28. You may never know, but you might just be rewarded, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

If you’re interested in applying, you can find out more information regarding the application here.

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