10 best afrobeats albums 2022

The 10 Best Afrobeats Albums of 2022

From the elegance of SDC’s Palm Wine Music Vol 3 to Sha Sha’s soul-subduing vocals over Amapiano synths on I’m Alive to Burna Boy’s Outsiders-inspired “Love, Damini”, these are the 10 best Afrobeats albums of 2022. Feel the vibrations, live the melodies; this is the very best of Afrobeats.

2022 was the year we completely put Covid behind us, with concerts, tours, and clubs returning to sellout crowds. The year gave us plenty new music to tango, fulfilling the desires of incurable partygoers to grace the dancefloor with the same zest and nonchalance they did prior to the pandemic. Extraordinarily, it was also the year of the elites; if Davido had dropped his fourth studio album, 2022 would have marked the first time arguably three of Afrobeats’ most influential musicians—Davido, Burna Boy, and Wizkid—released an album in the same calendar year. Not forgetting that Don Jazzy, Simi, and Adekunle Gold were among that long list of glit-edged singers whose new albums made 2022 illustrious.

The year was littered with highly anticipated projects that proved to be worth the wait and a couple of sonic experiments that paid off including Show Dem Camp completing the Palm Wine Music trilogy, Sha Sha releasing her first project since 2019, Asake seemingly getting us hooked on one baseline on “Mr Money With The Vibe”, Wizkid dazzling with Amapiano, CKay molding his legacy on “Sad Romance”, Omah Lay knitting loverboy and sadboy shifts on “Boy Alone”, and Rema removing the thorns from the roses on his debut album.

We could go on and on about these projects but unhappily, there’s only room for 10. These are the 10 best Afrobeats albums of 2022.

(All releases featured here are independently selected by our writers).

SDC PW Vol.3

Palm Wine Music Vol 3

Show Dem Camp (Tec and Ghost)

Release Date: 30 September 2022

Label: Show Dem Records/RCA

Sha Sha Im Alive

I’m Alive

Sha Sha

Release Date: 23 September 2022

Label: Sony Music Entertainment Africa/Blacqboy Music Corporation

Rave and Roses Rema

Rave & Roses

Rema

Release Date: 25 March 2022

Label: Mavin Records

Boy Alone Omah Lay

Boy Alone

Omah Lay

Release Date: 15 July 2022

Label: KeyQaad

AG Baby Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Adekunle Gold

Release Date: 4 February 2022

Label: Afro Urban Records

Asake Mr Money

Mr Money With The Vibe

Asake

Release Date: 8 July 2022

Label: YBNL NAtion/Empire

Burna Boy Love Damini

Love, Damini

Burna Boy

Release Date: 8 July 2022

Label: Spaceship Entertainment Ltd

CKay Sad Romance

Sad Romance

CKay

Release Date: 23 September 2022

Label: Warner Music Africa

Chike The Brothers keeper

The Brother’s Keeper

Chike

Release Date: 25 August 2022

Label: Brothers Records/ONErpm

More Love Less Ego

More Love, Less Ego

Wizkid

Release Date: 10 November 2022

Label: Starboy Entertainment/RCA

Summary

The 10 best Afrobeats albums of 2022 are:

  • Show Dem Camp — Palm Wine Music Vol 3
  • Sha Sha — I’m Alive
  • Rema — Rave & Roses
  • Omah Lay — Boy Alone
  • Adekunle Gold — Catch me If You Can
  • Asake — Mr Money With The Vibe
  • Burna Boy — Love, Damini
  • CKay — Sad Romance
  • Chike — The Brother’s Keeper
  • Wizkid — More Love, Less Ego

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