BBC Votes Bebe Cool’s Song No 15 In Africa’s All Time 50 Greatest Hits

Much respected British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has voted Ugandan singer Bebe Cool’s rendition of late Philly Bongole Lutaya’s Born in Africa at number fifteen on the list of Africa’s greatest songs of all time.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union – formerly the Organisation of African Unity, BBC World Service listeners suggested the African songs that summed up the continent to them.

From the suggestions, the BBC’s DJ Edu, who hosts a weekly African music show on BBC radio, compiled them into a special five-minute mix of 50 songs from 50 countries. Bebe Cool performed the song in London during Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday.

Here is the full list.

1. State of Affairs by Mutinta – Zambia

2. Amar te é tão bom by Heavy C – Angola

3. Afrika by Soprano & R.E.D.K – Comoros

4. Capitale du Rap by Danny Lee – Niger

5. Waving Flag by K’naan – Somalia

6. African Queen by Tuface Idiba – Nigeria

7. Nkhondo mkhonde by Wambali Mkandawire – Malawi

8. We are all Human Beings by Samira Saeed – Morocco

9. Mama Africa by Akon – Senegal

10. United States of Africa by Demba Conta – Gambia


11. Mabaka Baka Le Makhosi by Mantsa – Lesotho

12. Hip Hop for Real by Bad’s Diom – Mauritania

13. Africaye by Teddy Afro – Ethiopia

14. My Destiny by Mani Martin – Rwanda

15. Born in

Africa by Bebe Cool – Uganda

16. Yes We Believe Africa by Yaba Angelosi – South Sudan

17. Esper Sa Sanson by David Andre – Seychelles

18. Datswasup by Zeus – Botswana

19. Ay Ay Ay by Khadja Nin – Burundi

20. Idil by Awale Adan – Djibouti


21. Zamana by Smockey – Burkina Faso

22. What Next by G-A-B – Libya

23. Agolo by Angelique Kidjo – Benin

24. Todii by Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe

25. Tunis el Khadra by Shayma – Tunisia

26. Muziki Asili Yake Wapi by Remmy Ongala – Tanzania

27. Sabri Aleel by Shereen – Egypt

28. Africa Nossa by Cesaria Evora – Cape Verde

29. Shauri Yako by Mbilia Bel – Congo

30. Epuguzu by Pierre Akendengue – Gabon


31. Choukrane by Mounira Mitchala – Chad

32. Africa by Salif Keïta – Mali

33. Indépendance Cha Cha by Joseph Kabasele – DRC

34. Mamaland by Yvonne Chaka Chaka – South Africa

35. Juba by Mahmoud Abdelaziz – Sudan

36. Paraiso Di Gumbe by Manecas Costa – Guinea Bissau

37. Premier Gaou by Magic System – Côte d’Ivoire

38. Sweet Africa by M2 – Sierra Leone

39. Carry Your Load by David Mell – Liberia

40. Yeke Yeke by Mory Kante – Guinea

41. Be Africa by Bibi Tanga & the Selenites – CAR

42. Antenna by Fuse ODG – Ghana

43. Zangawela (Waka Waka) by Golden Sounds – Cameroon

44. C’est La Vie by Khaled – Algeria

45. Li Tourner by Alain Ramanisum – Mauritius

46. Nyandayeyo by Lizha James – Mozambique

47. Ekuqaleni Komhlaba by Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors – Swaziland

48. Ce Magik by Toofan – Togo

49. Mifalia fa Malagasy by Njakatiana – Madagascar

50. Daima by Eric Wainaina – Kenya



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