For the longest time, African music has remained divided by regions, colonial borders, and language barriers; but more and more, artists from various countries are collaborating. Collaborations between African and American musicians tend to be celebrated more in mainstream culture. Still, it is hard to ignore the African musicians bridging the differences between us and creating beats that are catchy and have us moving our feet.

 

Here, we have selected some of our favorite collaborations.

 

AKA & Diamond Platnumz – “Make Me Sing”

 

Released just last week, this collaboration between South African rap master AKA and Tanzanian crooner Diamond Platnumz shows great things can happen when South meets East.

 

Khaled & Magic System – “Même pas fatigue”

 

In “Même pas fatigue,” Algerian rai meets Ivorian zouglou once again. Magic System have collaborated with rai artists in the past, and this is a recent addition to the West and North African musical collaborations.

 

HHP & M.anifest – “Jigah”

 

HHP tells us: “Don’t sleep on this African combo” in “Jigah.” This alliance between South Africa and Ghanaian hip-hop masters is hot and so is its video, which shows HHP and M.anifest running what looks like a political campaign on the streets of Johannesburg.

 

Yemi Alade & Mugeez – “Pose”

 

This collaboration stays within West Africa. Nigerian Yemi Alade featured Mugeez from Ghanaian rap group R2Bees in this infectious song.

 

Awilo Longomba & Psquare – “Enemy Solo”

 

It is hard to miss the influence music from the Democratic Republic of Congo has had on Nigerian pop, especially in dance moves. “Enemy Solo” sees Congolese legend Awilo Longomba singing with one of Nigeria’s hottest acts, P-Square.

 

Chidinma & Elani – “Emi ni baller/Jana Usiku”

Coke Studio Africa is a music fusion lover’s dream. The studio promotes collaborations between African musicians that you would not expect to be in the same room together yielding unexpectedly good results. Here, Nigerian and Kenyan pop are mashed up with Chidinma and Elani.

 

What are your favorite African music collaborations? Leave a comment below or tell me on Twitter @rafeeeeta