The 5 Best Afrobeat/Afropop Albums Of February 2023

The noteworthy albums released in February included Spinall’s ‘Top Boy’ album ”, AKA’s posthumous long-length studio project “Mass Country”, Pheelz’s amazing ‘Pheelz Good’ body of work, and more. The frenzy that surrounded each of these albums was a clear indication that they were among the most anticipated musical releases of the year.

The albums that we at DC Leakers selected for this month’s top five are only a handful of them.


SPINALL announced the debut of his brand-new, star-studded album named “TOP BOY” with the release of the single “Bunda” earlier this month, which features YBNL kingpin Olamide and rising singer-songwriter Kemuel.

There are 15 tracks on the TOP BOY LP in total. Along with a few international celebrities, it includes some of the best singers in the current African music scene. Some of the performers on the album include DJ Snake, 6lack, BNXN (also known as Buju), Nasty C, Asake, Fireboy DML, Olamide, Minz, and Niniola.

A direct sequel to SPINALL’s critically acclaimed 2020 album, Grace, is TOP BOY.

Lyta – Stranger

Lyta is committed to starting the year off right by continuously releasing songs. He just released his first 2023 project, “Stronger,” and later collaborated with Balloranking and Kashcoming on Rhedi’s Magic Moment tune, “Tempted.” The singer-songwriter has just released the 4-track EP “Stranger.”

Lyta’s first body of work since dropping Rafat in March 2022 is the Stranger EP. On the new album, he works with Ugly Teemee on the third tune, “Abena,” and Seyi Vibez, the hottest rave artist right now, on the fourth track, “Koni Baje.”

Celestine Donkor – Final Say (Live)

Award-winning Gospel musician, Celestine Donkor premieres her latest live album titled ‘Final Say’.

She puts in much effort on this album which was recorded live. ‘Final Say’ is a 7-track masterpiece features all the characteristics of live recordings.

Celestine Donkor dedicates this body of work to God and Christianity in order to spread the message of God and encourage both believers and unbelievers who require God’s salvation.

AKA – Mass Country

Released just two weeks after his death, AKA’s fifth solo studio album, MASS COUNTRY, is equal parts a love letter to the country and the sounds he grew up with, and a cathartic journey through grief, healing and self-rediscovery. An idea that was sparked shortly after the heartbreaking loss of his fiancée, Anele “Nellie” Tembe, who passed away in April 2021, MASS COUNTRY is an offering of love in its many forms: There’s love of country, from an artist often lauded for his pioneering efforts to commercialise South African hip-hop; romantic love, from a man navigating deep loss and finding ways to heal and rebuild; and brotherly love, as an artist who was instrumental in edifying the generations of musicians he inspired, many of whom make appearances on the album.
MASS COUNTRY also cements AKA’s legacy as a producer who used an almost encyclopedic knowledge of South Africa’s most beloved hits to reinterpret them through captivating samples and interpolations. It’s a technique he famously employed on megahits like 2014’s “All Eyes in Me”, where he laid verses from Burna Boy, Da Les and Jr. over a sample of Brenda Fassie’s 1991 hit “Ngiyakusaba” (which interpolates elements from Jomanda’s “Got a Love for You”).
AKA recruited producers Christer, Fdeezus, Oriah, 031Choppa, KDDO, SayFar, Nlcno, Tshepo “Teddy” Moloi and Loud Haileer, alongside co-executive producers Nhlanhla “Nivo” Ndimande, Tshiamo Letshwene and Zādok. “Eighty percent of the album was made deep in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said. “We wanted to get into the soil, into the farms. We wanted to soak up the farm energy. We wouldn’t have been able to get that essence of South Africa and Africa if we don’t have real guitars, real music and real keys. Lots of guitar, lots of, like, South African vibes and African vibes.

Pheelz – Pheelz Good

The much awaited EP “Pheelz Good” by Nigerian record producer and singer-songwriter Pheelz has been availed. The new extended play has eight songs and features cameos from Davido and BNXN (also known as Buju) on the songs Electricity and Finesse, which have already been released.

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