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The Best Afrobeats Albums of 2023: A Vibrant Year in Review

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The afrobeats scene in 2023 has witnessed a resurgence, with both established and emerging artists contributing to its vibrant landscape. From the viral moments of Davido and Burna Boy to the continued success of Rema and Asake, the genre is experiencing a flourishing era. Additionally, female artists like Ayra Starr, Tyla, Teni, and Tems are rightfully claiming their places in the spotlight.

As we reflect on the best afrobeats albums of 2023, it’s evident that the year welcomed back artists who had been absent for a while. Davido, Mr Eazi, Asake, Adekunle Gold, and Blaqbonez all made impactful returns to the scene. The industry also witnessed the rise of new talents like Crayon, L.A.X., NSG, and Teni, who made significant contributions to the genre.

Here are the top ten afrobeats albums of 2023 in alphabetical order:

1. Adekunle Gold — Tequila Ever After

Adekunle Gold 'Tequila Ever After' album
  • Def Jam Recordings
  • Adekunle Gold’s fifth album is a celebration of joy, love, and the enjoyment of life. The vibrant production sets the stage for themes of falling in love, dancing under the spotlight, and savoring life’s blessings.

2. Asake — Work Of Art

asake work of art
  • YBNL Nation/Empire Distribution
  • Asake’s second album reaffirms his status as one of afrobeats’ best newcomers. With a triumphant and grateful tone, “Work Of Art” builds on the success of his debut, featuring standout tracks like “Amapiano” and “Lonely At The Top.”

3. Blaqbonez — Emeka Must Shine

Blaqbonez 'Emeka Must Shine'
  • Chocolate City Music
  • Blaqbonez showcases his elevation and versatility in his third album, using introspection on tracks like “Road Runners” and a free-spirited vibe on “Like Ice Spice” and “6 Bizness Days.”

4. Burna Boy — I Told Them…

burna boy
  • Atlantic
  • Burna Boy revels in his accomplishments on his sixth album, “I Told Them…,” emphasizing his global ambassador status. The album captures the essence of Burna Boy’s signature style and his journey to success.

5. Crayon — Trench To Triumph

Crayon 'Trench To Triumph'
  • Mavin Global Holdings Ltd./Blowtime Entertainment
  • Crayon’s debut album narrates a rags-to-riches story, showcasing spirituality, past struggles, and impressive talents. The album spans afrobeats, amapiano, and more, establishing Crayon as a rising star.

6. Davido — Timeless

Davido Timeless
  • Sony
  • Davido’s fourth album, “Timeless,” marks his return to the afrobeats scene. The album stands out as his best to date, featuring themes of conquering obstacles and reaffirming his position on the Mount Rushmore of afrobeats.

7. L.A.X. — No Bad Vibes

L.A.X. 'No Bad Vibes'
  • Rasaki Music Ltd./Empire
  • L.A.X. takes a clear step upward with his third album, “No Bad Vibes.” The project features dance-friendly tracks in afrobeats, afropop, and amapiano genres, creating a cohesive and groovy listening experience.

8. Mr Eazi — The Evil Genius

Mr Eazi 'The Evil Genius'
  • Empawa Africa Limited
  • Mr Eazi’s official debut album, “The Evil Genius,” encapsulates his decade-long journey in the afrobeats scene. The album is a personal exploration of love, betrayal, loneliness, and family, showcasing the artist’s experience and wisdom.

9. NSG — Area Boyz

NSG 'Area Boyz'
  • NSG Entertainment
  • Celebrating a decade in their career, NSG released their debut album, “Area Boyz.” The Nigerian and Ghanaian group displays versatility and growth with bass-knocking tracks, explosive moments, and glimpses into their more timid side.

10. Teni — Tears Of The Sun

Teni 'Tears Of The Sun'
  • Sugar Mummy Records
  • Teni’s second album, “Tears Of The Sun,” embodies optimism and celebration. With 16 bright and celebratory records, Teni’s album is a moving and groovy experience that brightens the listener’s day.

The afrobeats albums of 2023 showcase the genre’s dynamism, with artists embracing diverse themes and musical styles. As the genre continues to evolve, these albums stand as testaments to the rich tapestry of afrobeats in the current music landscape.