A variety of fantastic sounds have been produced in the first half of 2023. The previous six months have highlighted Afrobeats musicians at their most brilliant and deliberate, dipping deeper and wider into both popular and alternative culture to produce transcendent music. This week sees an extension to the growing list of groovy Afrobeats songs released this year. Kicking off this week, Nigerian singer Oxlade teams up with British-Nigerian rapper Dave to give us Intoxycated, a song about love and its drawbacks.
Leading up to the weekend, afro-dancehall star Patoranking links up with Jamaican dancehall singer Popcaan to deliver a song titled Tonight. As it’s our custom to curate a bop-worthy weekly list of the top five trending new Afrobeats songs for you to expand your playlist, here is our upbeat selection for this week.
Check out the top 5 trending new Afrobeats songs released this week…
#1. Oxlade ft. Dave – Intoxycated
In a musical collaboration that transcends borders, Nigerian singer-songwriter, Oxlade and British-Nigerian rapper, Dave have come together to deliver a brand new single titled Intoxycated, expressing their take on love and their personal relationships. With raw honesty, Oxlade boldly asserts, “I feel like love is overrated, tell me, got me so wasted,” expressing his disillusionment with love due to the heart-wrenching experiences of infidelity he has encountered. Through their poignant lyrics and melodic delivery, Oxlade and Dave explore the potential drawbacks and pitfalls associated with love.
#2. Patoranking ft. Popcaan – Tonight
In a vibrant fusion of musical cultures, Nigerian act Patoranking joins forces with Jamaican superstar Popcaan on a brand new single titled, Tonight. The collaboration marks the harmonious meeting of Naija and Jamaica, two powerhouse regions renowned for their infectious rhythms and captivating sounds. Tonight embodies the spirit of celebration, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in its bouncy and infectious beats. Patoranking’s signature style intertwines flawlessly with Popcaan’s dancehall vibes, creating an irresistible blend that transcends borders and embraces the universal language of music.
#3. Diamond Platnumz ft. Chike – My Baby
Following a short but highly anticipated break, the worlds of East Africa and West Africa converge in a harmonious union as two music royalties, Diamond Platnumz and Chike, join forces for their latest piece, the enchanting single titled My Baby. Immersed in the lush melodies and captivating rhythms of Bongo Flava and Afro-pop genres, My Baby effortlessly embodies the timeless essence that defines Diamond Platnumz’s illustrious musical career. With a magnetic allure destined to captivate his loyal army of fans and music enthusiasts, this cross-national collaboration is poised to spark an irresistible love affair.
#4. J Hus ft. Naira Marley – Militarian
British rapper J Hus teamed up with Nigerian singer Naira Marley on a brand new collaboration titled Milliterian, a cut from his new studio album titled Beautiful and Brutal Yard. The track combines elements of Afrobeats, hip-hop, and dancehall creating a vibrant musical fusion. Milliterian demonstrates the unique styles and strengths of both artistes. J Hus brings his signature smooth flow and effortlessly switches between English and Jamaican Patois showcasing his versatility and cultural influences. Meanwhile, Naira Marley adds his infectious energy and distinct vocal delivery infusing the track with his trademark street-wise lyrics. The production of Milliterian is top-notch, and its lyrics explore themes of confidence and resilience.
#5. Adekunle Gold – Ogaranya
Former YBNL singer Adekunle Gold makes a grand return with a brand new song titled Ogaranya. The title of the song is in the Igbo Language, and it means “wealthy person.” This tune comes weeks after his EP Tio Tequila. The singer is celebrating a rich and successful life in his new song which is also a lead single to his forthcoming album. He will be dropping his fourth studio album titled Tequila Ever After on July 28, according to the announcement he made on social media.
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