12 Best Heartfelt African Songs For Mother’s Day

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12 Best Heartfelt African Songs For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate and honor the incredible women in our lives who have nurtured, loved, and supported us. Music has a unique way of conveying emotions and sentiments that words sometimes cannot. This Mother’s Day, consider dedicating a heartfelt African song to your mother to show her how much she means to you. Here are 12 beautiful African songs that express gratitude, love, and appreciation for mothers:

1. “Mama” – Sauti Sol

This soulful track by the Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol pays tribute to the unconditional love and sacrifices that mothers make for their children. The heartfelt lyrics and melodic tunes make it a perfect choice to dedicate to your mother

While the song might have been corny and cliché, one cannot help but appreciate the idea behind the song that aimed to celebrate the concept of womanhood – the fundamental to motherhood. Nigerian singer, Davido celebrates the two mothers of his two beautiful girls, his girlfriend, Chioma and other strong women including, Betty Irabor.

3. Miriam Makeba – “Khawuleza”

Leading off our list is none other than the iconic Mama Africa herself. Miriam Makeba introduces “Khawuleza” as a South African anthem originating from the townships where black South Africans reside. She elaborates that the song emerges from the streets where children, upon spotting police cars heading to raid their homes, urgently call out, “Khawuleza, mama!”—a plea for their mothers to swiftly evade capture.

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4. Prince Nico Mbagara – “Sweet Mother”

Prince Nico Mbarga’s timeless hit “Sweet Mother” stands as a pinnacle in his musical career. Backed by his band Rocafil Jazz, Mbarga’s melding of Igbo and Congolese guitar styles alongside English pidgin vocals struck a chord globally. Since its release in 1976, this track has sold over 13 million copies, solidifying its status as an era-defining classic.

5. Wizkid Performs- “Love My Baby” For His Mom

Before Wizkid’s meteoric rise to global stardom, there was a heartwarming moment where he brought his mother on stage and serenaded her with “Love My Baby.” With a touching introduction, Wizkid affectionately refers to his mother as the love of his life, showcasing a tender moment of familial love amidst his burgeoning career.

6. “Mama Africa” – Akon

In this uplifting song, Akon celebrates the strength and resilience of African women, highlighting their importance in shaping the continent’s rich culture and heritage. It’s a fitting tribute to the strong and nurturing spirit of mothers.

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7. “Mama Oyoyo”

From the talented Nigerian lineup of Yemi Alade, Olamide, Iyanya, Tekno, and Selebobo comes “Mama Oyoyo,” a vibrant ode to mothers that seamlessly transitions from heartfelt tribute to dance floor anthem. Accompanied by an equally enchanting music video, this track captures the essence of maternal love and celebration.

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8. “Thank You Mama” – Sizzla

Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla pays homage to his mother in this reggae-infused track. The song’s lyrics express deep gratitude and appreciation for the love and sacrifices mothers make for their children.

9. African Boy – “Dear Mama”

Afrikan Boy, accompanied by UK-Nigerian artist Seye and production from Johan Hugo, delivers “Dear Mama” as a poignant reflection on the sacrifices and struggles his mother endured to ensure their well-being. Through this song, Afrikan Boy honors his mother’s resilience and expresses his determination to succeed in tribute to her unwavering support.

10. “Mama” – Diamond Platnumz

Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz’s song “Mama” is a touching tribute to mothers. The song’s heartfelt lyrics and soulful melody make it a perfect choice for Mother’s Day.

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11. Asa -“So Beautiful”

Closing our list is Asa’s soul-stirring acoustic tribute to her mother, “So Beautiful.” With tender vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Asa encapsulates the profound beauty of maternal love, offering a touching homage to the woman who shaped her life.

12. Juliana Kanyomozi – “Woman”

The Ugandan actress and musician is one of the western Ugandan descent that will make you fall in love. In this slow-paced song, Juliana talks about the strength of a woman. In her words, “A warrior is a woman… A savior is a woman”. The video celebrates women from all walks of life, of different ages, and all races. It is a song that brings to fore the inner strengths of women.


This Mother’s Day, why not surprise your mom with a playlist of soulful African songs dedicated to her? Whether it’s a classic tune like “Sweet Mother” or a contemporary hit like “Mama” by Sauti Sol, these songs are sure to touch her heart and remind her of the special bond you share. So go ahead, press play, and let the music do the talking as you celebrate the remarkable woman who has given you the gift of life and love. Happy Mother’s Day!

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