This is African Queens Project official countdown of the top 10 most viewed videos by African female artists that have come out this year. We are only looking at the view count thus far of videos that have been released this year up until now. We also took into consideration diversity, so we have a pretty well rounded list, featuring a diverse group of female artists and genres from around the continent.
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10. Victoria kimani - Wonka
Starting the countdown for us, is Kenyan songstress Victoria Kimani with 243,367 views with her hit single 'Wonka':
9. Kelela - Frontline
I am not to sure about the visuals for this song, but Ethiopian American artist known as kelala, who identifies openly as queer, delivers on the vocals. At 878,112 views, this song gives you a rolled down windows, wind in the face, volume cranked up feels:
8. NADIA NAKAI FT CASSPER NYOVEST NAAA MEEAAN
This song is a definite club banger from South African hip hop artist Nadia Nakai featuring Cassper who is giving life to the hook. At 905,409 views, this song is showcasing Nakaai's rap flair as she spits bars on the catchy beat:
7. Shekhinah - Please Mr
The visuals in this video are exemplary, but Shekhinah's sultry voice accompanied by a laid back beat will leave you captivated. With 1,295,053 views, this talented songbird's debut album is already certified cold:
6. Simi - Complete Me
Coming in at number 7, with 1,488,315 views is Nigerian singer and songwriter Simi! Though she had originally started as a gospel artist, 'Complete Me' features her romantic side and sweet vocals:
5. Vanessa Mdee - Wet ft GNako
Vanessa Mdee has been taking the industry by storm and taking no prisoners. Currently at 1,954,619 views, 'Wet ft Gnako' is climbing the charts! If you want to know more about this Tanzanian beauty, read the interview we did with her here
4. Nandy - Ninogeshe
Nandy is another Tanzanian female artist who was selected to represent Coke Studio Africa 2017, where she did a remarkable performance with Ethiopian artist Betty G. With this very afrocentric video, coupled with vibrant colors and beautiful vocals, she comes in at number 4 with 2,392,611 views:
3. MzVee ft Yemi Alade - Come and See My Moda
We get a 2 for 1 at number four, featuring 2 female artists that are dominating the charts locally and internationally. Ghanaian powerhouse 'Mzvee' collaborates with chart topper Nigerian, 'Yemi Alade' to bring you a fusion of afropop and dancehall in this catchy vibrant video and with 4,051,093 views, these ladies are bringing the fire:
2. Tiwa Savage Ft. Omarion - Get It Now Remix
At 6,984,098 views, Nigerian sensation Tiwa Savage joins forces with Omarion (formerly of B2K) to bring you a remake of her already hit single 'Get It Now'. Back when the remix first dropped, Tiwa wrote about how she's a fan of Omarion on Instagram.
"'Distance' is a constant on my playlist ... Now I gat my own joint with the INCREDIBLE Omarion. If you like "Get It Now" you will love the remix.... Let's get the world singing this savage soldiers."
1. Yemi Alade - Bum Bum
Yemi Alade is no stranger to making hits, with her still viral hit song 'Johnny', Yemi tops this list with another hit and viral video that is currently at 10,467,719 views, this song is already making its rounds internationally:
Though they didn't make our Most views list for 2018, these ladies deserve a mention and some respeck on their name for their contribution to the music industry. Here are the honorees:
Angélique Kidjo - Once In A Lifetime
Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva" and with her latest hit 'Ónce in A lifetime', released just last month, she is not slowing down. Watch the video below:
Ebony - Maame Hw3
Music lost a taletned artist in a tragic car accident earlier this year before her 21st birthday. After Ebony Reigns died, some celebrities in Ghana, Sarkodie and Stonebwoy started road safety campaigns to reduce the number of accidents on the roads. Ebony was a Ghanaian dancehall/Afrobeats artist known for her hit songs "Poison" and "Kupe".
Sona Jobarteh & Band - Kora Music from West Africa
Sona Jobarteh is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from the Gambia and the UK. She was born in 1983 into one of the five principal Kora-playing Griot families from West Africa – she is the first female professional kora player to come from a Griot family. Listen to this beautiful piece: