The 2023 first quarter started on a good note with a new project from Ayra Starr, the newest Nigerian star and more singles Spyro, Joeboy, Libianca, and others. The Afrobeats music scene this year has made us proud, with the continual release of hits that resonate across Africa, and the entire world.
With major releases from the likes of Asake, Bnxn(Buju) and Rema, here are our picks for the Top 5 Afrobeats Songs Of 2023 First Quarter, listed in no particular order.
Who Is Your Guy (Remix): Spyro Ft Tiwa Savage
Promising vocal singer and songwriter, Spryo, had Nigeria in a choke-hold throughout the first quarter, with this club banger tune titled “Who Is Your Guy”. After the success of the original single, he went ahead to feature one of the top-notch female singers in the industry, Tiwa Savage, who elevated the already successful record with her amazing vocals. “Who Is Your Guy (Remix)” tallied 75.6 million in radio reach (No. 1 on radio) and 2.08 million on-demand streams (No. 5 on streaming).
Sability: Ayra Starr
Talented Nigerian singer-songwriter, Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe ‘Ayra Starr’ hit the studio this new year 2023 with Sability, a song that has gone on to break charts and become a big club banger. “Sability” drew 3.42 million on-demand streams becoming No. 1 on streaming in Nigeria and 38.3 million in radio reach during the tracking week. Ayra Starr remains the only female artist with multiple No. 1 songs on the TurnTable Top 100.
Cameroonian singer Libianca harnessed the viral power of TikTok and the appeal of mellow melodies to (re)introduce herself to Afrobeats’ mainstream. ‘People’, the song she has to thank for her newfound relevance, addresses themes of pain and depression, and masking all of that behind lovely smiles.
The track began gaining traction on social media; on TikTok alone, the videos tagged with Libianca’s name have amassed over 75 million views.
Body & Soul: Joeboy
Joeboy loves a good love story and has excelled at love songs. A growing catalogue including two collections (an EP and an album) bears witness. The E Kelly-produced ‘Body & Soul’ is his latest offering.
Joeboy’s “Body & Soul” was one of this year’s biggest debuts with 878,000 on-demand streams and 50 million in radio reach. “Body & Soul” is Joeboy’s biggest debut across all platforms since “Sip (Alcohol)” in October 2021.
The multi-talented Nigerian vocal singer, Divine Ikubor professionally known as Rema opened his music account for the year 2023 with this astonishing record captioned, Holiday. The rhythms and melody were so euphoric, as the gifted singer, portrays his enormous talent to the general public. it has amassed over 3 million views on YouTube, and over 3 million listens on Apple Music. This is a historically significant accomplishment for the musician, who first released the song on February 17, 2023.
What songs made your Top 5 Afrobeats Songs Of 2023 First Quarter list?