African praise and worship songs are an important part of the African culture. If you want to understand the meaning of these songs, you need to know that they are sung by Africans to show their appreciation for God. The following are some of the most popular African praise and worship songs:
1) Worship You – This song was written by Shirley Caesar and it talks about how God has been on our side since he created us.
2) You Are Holy – This song was written by Israel Houghton and it talks about how we should be grateful for everything that God has done for us.
3) Lord I Lift Your Name On High – This song was written by Chris Tomlin and it talks about how we should praise God for all that he does for us. The lyrics are beautiful, but the beat is also great!
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African Praise And Worship Songs Lyrics
I was once a lost sinner. To the Lord I owe my life and all glory to him. I am now blessed with a family and living in grace. But that is not what this post is about, it’s about the feeling I get when I listen to gospel music from Africa and how moving it is for me.
Haleluya No Go Finish – Mercy Chinwo
Haleluya No Go Finish is a praise and worship song written by Mercy Chinwo.
She is a Nigerian gospel musician and singer who has been part of the Nigerian music scene since the early 2000s. She was a runner-up in the Nigerian Idol Season 2 and she is currently signed to EeZee Conceptz record label.
The lyrics of this song are very powerful and will encourage you to worship God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.
Excess Love – Mercy Chinwo
The song Excess Love by Mercy Chinwo is an eulogy to God and its message is simple: “you are a good God”. The lyrics are inspiring and the melody of the song will get you standing up and dancing as soon as it starts playing. The remix version of this song is also a hit with many people enjoying it even more than the original one.
Listen below to both versions of this amazing praise and worship song, Excess Love by Mercy Chinwo.
Omemma – Chioma Jesus
Omemma – Chioma Jesus
The song was written by Chioma Jesus and produced by Ben Coby. The music video for this song features Chioma Jesus, who is a gospel musician from Nigeria. This song is among the many songs that she has released in her career as a gospel singer.
Iyanu A Sele – Nathaniel Bassey ft. Micah Stampley
“Iyanu A Sele – Nathaniel Bassey ft. Micah Stampley
Iyanu a sele, Iyanu a sele, Iyanu a sele, Ilayi ade ma mi awa wo le wa ni o. (You have healed me with your healing powers)
Oya niyi awon agbe k’ewa ko ni o. (Powerful forces of nature)
Oya niyi awon igbale ibo ka ki o ti ose owo omo awon osin iho k’emimo si fun eko lewa lo si fun eko lewa lo si fun eko lewa lo si fun eko lewa lo si fun eko lewa lo ta sida mo fee fi-awo nile nile nile nile nile nile oh! Ta sida mo fee fi-awo oh! Ta sida mo fee fi-awo oh! Ta sida mo fee fi-awo oh! Ta sida mo fee fi-awo oh!
Way Maker (Live) – Sinach
“Way Maker (Live) – Sinach” is an amazing song by Sinach that praises God as the “way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper and light in the darkness.” This song reminds us of who God is and how He works in our lives.
It goes on to say:
That is who you are!
You are my God!
The Great I Am – Nathaniel Bassey feat. Lovesong
The song was written and sung by Nathaniel Bassey. It was released in 2014 and is the title track of his album The Great I Am. The song features vocals from gospel artist Lovesong, who is also a talented songwriter and singer.
The song was produced by Tyanx, who has produced songs for major acts like Wizkid, Ice Prince, Davido, Chidinma and many others.
Satisfied – Tope Alabi ft. TY Bello and George Nathaniel
- The song was produced by Tee-Y Mix Productions and has a video on YouTube.
- The artistes are Tope Alabi, TY Bello and George Nathaniel.
Satisfied by Tope Alabi ft. TY Bello & George Nathaniel
When I say I’m satisfied with you lord
You gave me everything that I need, cause you love me oh so much more than that
I’m so satisfied with your love oh lord
Oh it’s beautiful to see how much you mean to me
You’re an awesome God and all the things that you do never cease to amaze me
Mimo L’Oluwa – Tope Alabi
Lyrics from the song:
“Mimo l’Oluwa/Spirit of God, Mimo L’Oluwa/Spirit of God, Mimo L’Oluwa/Spirit of God…”
The video for this song has been watched over 2.3 million times on YouTube and was released in December 2019. The album is titled Yes And Amen and will be published by Tope Alabi Studios.
I Will Rise Again – Tope Alabi ft. TY Bello and George Nathaniel
The track is from the album I Rise, which was recorded in 2016 and released on EeZee Conceptz. The song features TY Bello and George Nathaniel.
The song has a gospel genre, with production by TY Bello.
The lyrics were written by Tope Alabi.
You Are Here – Sinach
You Are Here – Sinach
- You are here, in this place
- You are here (you are here, you are here)
- You are here
Trending And Popular African Gospel Songs
In this editorial, we present to you a list of 10 of these gospel songs from Africa that were released not more than 2 years ago and have become much more very relevant and popular in 2019 as much as the artists behind these great songs.
- 1. MOSES BLISS – BIGGER
With a captivating Pop plus an upbeat tempo sound, Bigger Everyday by Moses Bliss has no doubt been the biggest Nigerian gospel music from 2020. The versatile gospel singer and ‘Too faithful’ crooner has positively professed greatness over his in this urban groove song featuring other urban/contemporary gospel singers such as Festival, Membrane, Uwa, Chris Heaven, and Temple.
- 2. ALL THAT MATTERS – MINISTER GUC
Eezee concept signee brought a sweet worship fragrance into 2020 with this anthem “All that matters” that quickly becoming a hit around the world. The song quickly caught the attention of listeners nationally and beyond and currently boasting 30 Million Youtube Streams.
- 3. Mercy Chinwo – Chinedum
Port Harcourt born Nigerian songstress, Mercy Chinwo comes through with a new worship song titled “Chinedum”. “Chinedum” which is produced by Skerzbeat, is the third single after the release of her debut album “The Cross – My Gaze”.
- 4. MERCY CHINWO – EXCESS LOVE
The Nigerian gospel musician Mercy Chinwo narrates the abundant, unending, and magnanimous love of Christ in her record-breaking, chart-topping song excess love.
The Song has broken boundaries around the world with so much appreciation. With over 35 million views on YouTube, the song continues to be one of the finest to have entered the state of “viral songs” in 2019, with many renditions and covers. One of the most popular covers is from Osby Berry which also went viral with over 3 Million YouTube views.
- 5. TIM GODFREY FT TRAVIS GREENE – NARA
“Nara”, according to many gospel enthusiasts, has been that one gospel song that made the difference for Tim Godfrey.
Released from the album “Nara”, this viral gospel song features Award-winning American gospel act and “Intentional” hitmaker Travis Greene. This, I must say is the best collaboration for Tim Godfrey and his Ministry, hitting up to more than 1 million streams monthly on Spotify and 25 million streams on YouTube.
- 6. Adom (Grace)
The “Nsenkyere Nyankopon” singer and two times Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Gospel Artiste of the Year winner describe the center of our lives and what is holding us together to be the pure Grace of God in this beautiful and soothing masterpiece. She added that “2020 has brought a new meaning to this word for me. Be encouraged because by His GRACE we have not been consumed”.
- 7. DIANA HAMILTON – MO NE YO
Ghanaian UK based gospel songstress Diana Hamilton has been one of the most adored gospel singers around Africa, winning several African Gospel oriented awards schemes and not forgetting the most coveted VGMA Gospel Artiste and of the Year and Song of the Year Awards at the 2019 edition.
‘Mo ne Yo’, though still penetrating the borders of the African Continent to the rest of the world, no one can deny the positive likable force behind this song should you hear it for the first time.
The term “Mo ne Yo” is a Twi congratulatory phrase that connotes ‘Well done’, and I must say this phrase has been popularized by Diana in her song ‘Mo ne You’
- 8. JOE METTLE – MY EVERYTHING
Award-winning and one of Africa’s most successful gospel musicians Joe Mettle came through with his chart-topping single “My Everything”. A single released in 2018 as part of his Wind of Revival album was well embraced by people from inside and outside the borders of the African Continent.
One of the most recent awards won by the Artiste through this song is the African Gospel Song Writer of the Year, and the African Gospel Afropop song of the Year, at African Gospel Festival (AGAFEST) Awards.
- 9. NATHANIEL BASSEY – HALLELUJAH EH
Renown Nigerian worship leader, Nathaniel Bassey has blessed all of us with this soul-enriching song he called Hallelujah Eh, which has become a praise anthem if I may say in most of our churches around Africa and beyond.
- 10. PROSPA OCHIMANA – EKWUEME
The beautiful worship song ‘Ekwueme’ by Nigerian worshipper, Prospa Ochimana became an instant hit and one of the most popular songs in Africa within a space of 1 year with a whooping YouTube view of more than 28 million views.
The song also featured Osinachi Nwachukwu, who delivered what we will term the deciding blow in this live worship recording, driving people into a deep place of adoration.
- 11. DR TUMI – YOU ARE HERE
Dr. Tumisang simply referred to as Dr. Tumi has become a popular figure in the gospel music world around the continent of Africa.
With the release of his breakthrough single “Nothing without you” in 2016 his rise has been so tangible and his thirst for great worship is always pouring endlessly through his works.
- 12. MOGmusic – BE LIFTED
“Be Lifted” by Ps Nana Yaw Boakye-Yiadom, popularly known as MOGmusic can be considered as the breakthrough song for the great worshipper from Ghana. The song has actually broken the boundaries of African and has become congregational worship songs in other parts of the world.
Released in 2018 as part of his award-winning “Better Me album” this explosive single continues to be the people’s favorite for worship atmospheres.
- 13. KODA – HOSSANA
Released from his “Hossana Live album” which won “The Album of Excellence” at the 2019 edition of African Gospel Music and Music Awards (AGMMA), Kofi Owusu Dua Anto (KODA) continue to shake every gathering with this chart-topping song.
The renown music producer has become very known in other parts of African, the UK and the US with this amazing praise party song.
In the end, it’s all about the relationship with God. If you are not in a good place with Him, then no amount of praise and worship will change that. The Bible says we should call upon God when we need Him because He loves us and is merciful. If you have accepted Christ as your savior, then you know this already! Now go out there, find some churches near you that have contemporary music ministries so they can share their faith through song, or grab your laptop and connect with a ministry online!