It’s just few days to 2021! What better way to wrap up the year than with Thankfulness to God for seeing us through an Unprecedented 2020. The past 12-months have been one for the books, from racial crisis to police brutality and the pandemic. If you’re reading this, then you have a lot to be grateful for.
2020 has reminded us to always appreciate God for life, family, even the very air we breathe, and His daily intangible blessings.
We’ve curated a list of African songs that perfectly expresses that Thankfulness in our hearts this season and stirs up hope for greater things in the coming new year, 2021. The list below is focused on tracks from Nigeria and Ghana.
Ope mi – Pita
This beautiful African rendition comes from a grateful heart that acknowledges God’s love and faithfulness, with a commitment to always praise Him. Laced with African percussion and contemporary elements, ‘OPE MI’ comes highly recommended for your playlist this season. The song is featured on Pita’s most recent album, As I Am: In His Image.
Yesu Mo – Joe Mettle
An African Highlife composition with contemporary influences, “Yesu Mo” is a heartfelt song of thanksgiving acknowledging God for all He has done and affirming absolute dependence on HIm. This serves as Mettle’s first new music since his 5th project release, Wind of Revival, in 2019. Stream/Download on iTunes | Aftown.
IYO – Tim Godfrey
Produced by SMJ, IYO is a groovy thanksgiving tune that fuses indigenous Highlife with pop elements. The song is delivered with a sweet blend of Pidgin English and Igbo language. Download
ADOM (Grace) – Diana Hamilton
Since gaining prominence in the music scene with her second album “Ensi wo yie”, released in 2010, Diana Hamilton has continued to churn out songs which has impacted the Ghana music scene greatly and beyond. The Multi-octave and gifted artiste was recently named VGMA 2020 “Gospel Artiste of the Year” for the second consecutive time.
ADOM which means ‘GRACE’ is a mid-tempo melody delivered in Ghana’s signature Highlife sound and rhythm. The track offers a reminder of the faithfulness of God in the midst of the storm.
Aribirabata – Izzy
A well-crafted Afro-pop infused vibe from Izzy’s ‘The Message’ album, this track is sure to create a mood for a party. The title – Aribirabata is one of the many native Nigerian names given to praise God, which translates to – The Almighty God. A perfect starter to groove into the new year. Download
SOGI – Okey Sokay
The new mid-tempo is a song of thanksgiving infused with melodies that will trigger uncontrollable emotions and lyrics that’ll resonate in the heart of listeners. Download
• Koda – Aseda
KODA expresses a heart full of thankfulness with “ASEDA,” the first single off his upcoming new album, “Keteke”. According to him, the anthem is a thanksgiving-praise offering to God Almighty for his preservation and mercies.
Bor Ekom – Mercy Chinwo
Sung in the Efik language of South-Eastern Nigeria, Bor Ekom is an awesome praise tune that sets you in a thanksgiving mood. The cultural depth of this track unravels the unique diversity of Mercy Chinwo. Stream on Boomplay // Apple Music
Omeriwo – Sammie Okposo
On this groovy number, Sammie Okposo declares festivity and celebration in gratitude to God. The Nigerian Gospel Music Veteran features powerhouse songstress Mercy Chinwo and Afrogospel sensation Henrisoul, who brought extra heat to the track making it even merrier. Download
I Am Free – T’Keyz