Sunday, May 8, 2011

54 African songs to dedicate to your Mama! Happy Mother's Day! #happymothersday!

I am posting this through From their Mother's Day post, here are some African Mothers' Day songs for you.

Mama was sang by BrendaFassie, which remembers her mother, sang in the early 90's. She asks her to rest in peace and that she will always be in her heart and asks God to bless her soul. Given that Brenda passed away in 2004, I am sure her son, Bongani, will sing this for her too. The following song was suggested. Too late for Mama is by BrendaFassie. The song is very popular and was also sang by Alicia Keys at the opening kickoff concert at the Mzansi Mundial - World Cup held in South Africa in June 2010.

Mama is by Nigeria's Bantu ft Ayuba. He thanks his Mama - "For all the efforts, For all the sweat, For all the comfort" and how her love is so unconditional. Asa also joins in the fun with So Beautiful from her debut album. She sings "Queen of my life you are so beautiful mama; You’re beautiful". Check out Bantu's track. Bantu feat. Ayuba "Mama" by bantucrew

Mama is by Sala from Ghana featuring Fresh Prince. She joins with this 4x4 member to sing "Mama Mama Mama Mama Mama Mama Maa, You are my hero". She also offered through Facebook to choose three lucky mothers to sing for. Mama is by Cwasi Oteng from Ghana. He sings "Mama, I just wanna to take this time; I just wanna take this moment; Say Thank you (2x); Mama, I appreciate all the love, you are to me; I thank you (2x)"

There are many Thula mama songs by but this one by Vusi Mahlasela probably takes the cake though there is another great one by South African group Deep Level. Another super song from South Africa is by Unathi Nkayi called A Mother's Love song, singing "A Mother's Love is irreplaceable". Women is by ProVerb from South Africa. He raps "To all the Women in my life and all the women in the world; Women that are wives and to all the little girls; Still growing up to be women listen to the Verb; I appreciate you and I scribbled a little verse".

Ghanaian hiplife fans will remember the classic Mother's song, Maame by Obrafour. He sang "Sɛ mehwɛ nea woayɛ ama me a; Wosɛ ayɛyi; Nana Nyame nhyira wo o; Maame e". "Maame nyɛ obia anka me ne no bɛdi agorɔ; Ɛsɛ sɛ wo ho Bacteria mentwa wo ntrɔ; Wowerɛafi nea Maame ayɛ ama woɔ; Ɛnnɛ deɛ wose ɔyɛ obayifoɔ". This is another one, hiplfie fans might recognise. Maame is by Bacteria. Mama is by Sugar Ranking. The dancehall star sings a song to his mama, saying "And I will always wanna be a part of you; ama, I will never take myself away from you; I will always be around you".

In Muciari, Kenyan songstress Mimmo knows that though they didn't always see some things eye to eye, she thanks her mother for all she's taught her and adds "Mama, may you be blessed". From Tanzania, we have Mama Kumbena by Banana Zorro. From Namibia, we have Afroshine singing Ti mama. Uganda's Jamal brought us Mothers are heroes. JoseChameleone sang "I am writing this letter to tell you I'm getting better; I tried to call you today, I miss you, I'll try and call you later;
Your sweet love and care can never be compared" in Sweet Mama.

Mama by Khadja Nin is another favorite in Africa. Sang in Kiswahili and Kirundi, the famous singer from Burundi praises mothers. From Sierra Leone, we have Mama loving, which is by Queen da Boss. From Sa Leone as well, Lady Felicia sings a Song for Mama. Baayo (the orphan) and Mariama (the turtle dove) by by BaabaMaal, the famous Senegalese singer also make our cut. Youssou Ndour sings Woman's Day in Shaking the tree. Also check out Maman by Penzy, and Habib Koite from Mali.

Afropolitan pop, reggae, soul, funkadocious group Soulfege took the African Diaspora by storm with their remix of Prince Nico Mbarga's famous African tune, Sweet Mother. Soulfege had Ghana's Derrick Nii Ashong, Kelley Nicole, Jonathan Gramling, and James Shelton at the time. They had three remixes including the Sweet Mother radio jam and then the Sweet Mother Remix. They even launched a whole Sweet Mother Tour!

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