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Vote for Africa's top anthem
What is the best song ever produced by an African musician?

African musicians
From rumba to hip hop, make your pick from Africa's greatest
Over the past month, Africa's top 10 songs have been nominated by BBC readers and listeners.

Now it's time for you to decide which one should be Africa's anthem.

Listen to the tracks below and make your choice by using the voting buttons on the right.

The poll winner will be announced next week and you can hear the countdown on the BBC's Network Africa programme.

Tune in on Friday 31 December at 0330GMT, 0430GMT, 0530GMT, 0630GMT and 0730GMT on the BBC World Service.


Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga

Prince Nico Mbarga and the Rocafil Jazz band
A giant of the Nigerian music scene Prince Nico Mbarga released Sweet Mother in 1976 - with lyrics in Pidgin English, it is a fusion of West African Highlife and Congolese styles.

Lady by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Fela Kuti
Credited with the invention of Afro-beat, iconic Nigerian band leader and saxophonist Fela Kuti and his Nigeria 70 band released Lady in the early 1970s, praising the traditional African woman.

Malaika by Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba
Southern Africa's most famous musical export, Miriam Makeba - known throughout the world as Mama Africa - turned this Kiswahili song into a popular hit in the early 1960s.

Corruption by Daddy Saj
Daddy Saj
Sierra Leonean hip hop singer Daddy Saj shot to fame last year chanting his anti-corruption lyrics - Corruption e do so, meaning in Krio, corruption - enough is enough.

Vuli Nadlela by Brenda Fassie
Brenda Fassie
The wild child of South African music, Brenda Fassie, who died earlier this year, won a Kora award in 1999 for her bestselling wedding song Vuli Nadlela.

African Queen by 2face Idibia
2face Idibia
The R&B track African Queen - with a hint of calypso - has been a massive hit this year for Nigerian singer 2face Idibia, once a member of successful hip hop act Plantashun Boiz.

Beasts of No Nation by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Fela Kuti's album cover Beasts of No Nation
Fela was an outspoken political activist as well as revolutionary musician - in his 1988, half-hour track Beasts of No Nation he hit out at governments around the world.

Together as One by Lucky Dube
Lucky Dube
One of Africa's most successful reggae artists, South African Lucky Dube's 1989 anti-apartheid hit Together as One calls for world peace and harmony.

My Lovely Elizabeth by S E Rogie
SE Rogie
The late S E Rogie dominated Sierra Leone's palm wine music scene with his electric guitar and baritone vocals. His 1960s hit My Lovely Elizabeth is still loved along the coast of West Africa.

Mario by Franco
One of Africa's most influential musicians and the undisputed father of Congolese rumba, Franco recorded some 180 albums during his career. In his 1985 hit Mario he pokes fun at a lazy gigolo.

What is your favourite African song?
Sweet Mother
Vuli Nadlela
African Queen
Beasts Of No Nation
Together As One
My Lovely Elizabeth
Another song
4100 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion



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