So, recently I had the pleasure of attending one of my friend’s wedding. The bride happened to be Zimbabwean and the groom, Nigerian. Not only did I get an appreciation of my culture's dance styles, I picked up a few moves from the my Zimbabwean friends. Regardless, one thing that I was particularly happy about was how Afrobeats dancing is so diverse. The room was full of people from all walks of life, different African and European countries but every time an Afrobeat song came on we all danced as one. Dancing literally transcended race differences, at least for the day and brought everyone in the room together. Song after song after song after song people couldnt resist dancing as people were driven to their feet by the music and other eager dancers. After a certain point people didn’t care how silly they looked while dancing. With a pretty good DJ and a selection of Congolese, Tanzanian, South African and Nigerian music, who could blame them?
It may be a few weeks or months or even years before dance floors are packed again and people are confident enough to host large social gatherings. A Playlist can make or break a wedding or event or motivate people to move. So we’ve carefully curated a list of Afrobeat songs to help you out.
SHEY’S TOP WEDDING SONGS
This is just a simple quick list of our top favourites but if you have any suggestions – we would be very happy to expand this list.
This is an old banger, but people know the words. When people know the words people stand to dance and sing.... Baby o!
Another oldie, but blame my mother in-law and the whole Zimbabwean community for this one. For some reason this song is featured at most weddings.
The song speaks for itself - its quite legendary. For the last decade this song has been featured at most African weddings and parties.
This is a popular song released by Wizkid in the early 2000's. Definitely worth checking out
This song pays homage to the late Brenda Fassie a South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer, songwriter, dancer and activist (Wikipedia). This queen was referred to as the Black Madonna and the Queen of African pop because her music transcended South Africa. Vuli Ndela is a song that is sure to bring a splash of nostalgia to your wedding party.
Now this is a fairly new song by one of the top artists in Zimbabwe – JAH PRAYZAH. When you get to parties and you notice Zimbabwean swishing their hips and saying, “GA GA” and moving down/falling don’t be alarmed, Apparently, that “GA GA” sound is a representation of the way your heart beats when a sexy girl walks by or dances. “Donhodzo” literally means falling. So basically, your heart beats and you fall from African beauty.
Overall, there are alot of songs that are great at bringing people together. One thing I noticed about Afrobeats and what makes it so special at weddings is literally the BEAT. IT GETS EVERYONE UP, YOUNG, OLD, PURPLE or GREEN.