When I was a child I was either woken up by the sound of Oliver Mtukudzi’s guitar or Bra Hugh’s trumpet. This is because on Saturday mornings my mother would listen to African music. I can sing along to most of the songs by Koffi Olomide, Awilo Longomba, Leonard Zhakata, and Letta Mbulu … if I was to go on I would need the whole day.
The music from most of the African legends has been my haven on my good and bad days. When I am looking for inspiration singing along to the songs or pretending to be playing an instrument helps with my creativity block. The African legends surely deserve the credit for playing their instruments effortlessly and composing a song that can be between five to seven minutes.
One of my fondest memory of African music was when my sister and I danced to Koi Olomide’s Loi. My sister and I had accompanied my mother to town for shopping. As we waited for my Mum to pay her bill in the clothing shop our favourite song was played. My sister and I started dancing and people came to watch us dance. If it was the era of social media or smartphones I am sure we could have trended for the whole week🤣🤣🤣🤣. The manager was impressed by the performance of a three-year-old and a six-year-old. As we left the shop the manager gifted us Kofi Olomide’s cassette.
What are some of your favourite African songs?