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Top 10 Afrobeats Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear in 2024

Top 10 Afrobeats Albums

In this article, we explore 10 Afrobeats Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear in 2024.

As 2024 unfolds, the stage is set for a monumental year in Afrobeats and African music. With the highly anticipated debut albums from powerhouse talents Tems and Tyla on the horizon, the excitement is palpable. While we eagerly await more details on these game-changing releases, let’s indulge in a sneak peek at some of the other hotly anticipated albums expected to grace our ears this year.

1. Tyla

Fresh off the high of becoming the youngest African act to snag a Grammy (and the first for the snazzy “Best African Music Performance” category), Tyla is on the verge of global domination. Mark your calendars for March 22nd, as that’s when her self-titled debut album is set to drop—an album she’s been playfully teasing since late last year. Packed with the viral Grammy-winning track “Water” and accompanied by the sizzling releases of “Truth Or Dare,” “On and On,” and “Butterflies,” Tyla’s not just making waves; she’s orchestrating a tsunami!

2. Tems

With a stellar lineup of EPs under her belt—think “For Broken Ears” (2020) and “If Orange Was Place” (2021) —plus a Grammy nod for her work on Future’s “Wait For U”, Tems is now primed to drop her debut LP. Wrapping up 2023 with album precursor singles “Me & U” and “Not An Angel”, the long album drought looks to be over soon. And if her recent interview in Billboard’s 2024 Women In Music Breakthrough Issue is anything to go by, Tems’ debut album is a certified lock for release this year—she’s not just hinting at it, she’s shouting it from the rooftops!

3. Burna Boy

In his rollout interviews for last year’s critically acclaimed “I Told Them”, Burna Boy hinted at a two-part album, with the sequel slated for a later date. At Unorthodox Reviews, we’re eagerly counting down the days until the release, and signs point to it being this year. While the exact release date remains shrouded in mystery, our bets are on the third quarter—consistent with Burna’s album drops since 2019. This isn’t Burna’s first rodeo with consecutive releases; remember “Outside”, “African Giant”, and “Twice As Tall”? Buckle up, Burna’s about to take us on another epic musical journey!

4. Fireboy DML

Fireboy DML has already etched his name in the annals of Afrobeats as one of the few new-gen artists to drop instant classic albums. He pulled off the unprecedented feat of releasing two certified classics within just 8 months of his introduction on the scene. Despite the mixed reviews for his third studio album, “Playboy”, it spawned multiple chart-toppers and remains one of the most streamed Afrobeats albums ever—talk about setting the bar high! Having recently dropped a 2-track pack (“Outside” and “Obaasima”), brace yourselves for the fourth installment of Fireboy’s album magic!

5. Ayra Starr

After a whirlwind streak of hit singles like “Sability,” “Rhythm & Blues,” and the Grammy-nominated “Rush,” Ayra Starr is gearing up to illuminate the scene with her sophomore album. Following the success of her debut, “19 & Dangerous,” the Afro-pop sensation spills the beans on her latest masterpiece in a cheeky chat with The Grape Juice on the Grammy Awards red carpet. “I’ve evolved, I’m 21 now,” she quips with her signature charm. Already teasing us with “Commas,” Ayra Starr has us on the edge of our seats for a full-length project.

6. Omah Lay

Omah Lay is on a mission to reshape the future of Afrobeats, and he’s flaunting his new sonic manifesto in his upcoming sophomore album. In an exclusive chat with Beat FM on January 17, 2024, the award-winning singer declared a bold departure from the usual Afrobeats vibe. Omah Lay confidently positioned himself at the forefront of this sonic revolution, teasing us with a taste of the freshness in his latest banger, “Holy Ghost”.

7. Oxlade

Nigerian singer-songwriter Oxlade is making it clear: 2024 is all about dropping his debut album. After a stellar 2022 fueled by the smash hit “Ku Lo Sa”, he kept the momentum going with singles like “Katigori” and “Piano”. Now, with a not-so-subtle nod on his official X handle, the album speculation is practically a done deal. When a fan popped the question about a 2024 album, Oxlade’s response was as clear: “My only priority right now, to be very honest.”

8. Lojay

Lojay’s meteoric rise to fame kicked off with the electrifying track “Monalsia” from his collaboration with super-producer Sarz on the “LV NATTN” project. The journey only accelerated with the remix of “Monalisa” featuring none other than Chris Brown, followed by his sophomore EP, “Gangster Romantic,” in early 2023. Lojay further cemented his place in the spotlight by collaborating with Chris Brown again on the track “Sensational,” alongside Davido, later that year. Starting 2024 with another EP drop alongside UK-based producer Jae5, the stage is set for Lojay’s debut full-length album.

9. Victony

Victony’s album has been the ultimate tease, but hey, good things come to those who wait, right? Surviving a ghastly accident in 2021, Victony’s musical journey has been a rollercoaster of epic proportions. His journey back into the spotlight began with stealing the show on Mayorkun’s hit track “Holy Father”, to making an unforgettable cameo on Burna Boy’s “Love Damini” album. With tunes like “My Darling,” “Angelus,” and “Ohema” in 2023, and now the swoon-worthy “Everything” this year, Victony’s got us wrapped around his finger. But let’s cut to the chase – where’s that full-length masterpiece, Victony?

10. Young Jonn

Young Jonn has been holding the Afrobeats scene in a headlock since emerging as “the wicked producer” in the mid-2000s, crafting hits for artists such as Olamide, Naira Marley, and more recently, Lil Kesh. Transitioning into a recording artiste only in 2022, he’s only tightened his grip, delivering hit after hit under the Chocolate City imprint. Tracks like “Dada”, “Extra Cool”, and “Sharpally” have kept the party going. These bangers are just a taste of what’s in store on his debut album, “Jiggy Forever”, as he confirmed in a tweet back in October 2023.

As we wrap up our list of the 10 most anticipated albums of 2024, let’s take a moment to acknowledge some other noteworthy releases that are sure to make waves. Keep your ears peeled for Peruzzi’s “Sabali”, a collab album by Show Dem Camp and Cavemen, as well as the debut works from Mavins Records’ Boy Spyce and Magixx. Also don’t forget the upcoming projects from Chike, Maleek Berry, and the deluxe edition of Davido’s “Timeless.” With such a diverse array of projects on the horizon, 2024 promises to be an electrifying year for music enthusiasts everywhere.

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