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snax pack_oct '21 *special edition*

Hello hello hello! Here we go again, my top 10 songs for October 2021!

This #SnaxPack is a #SpecialEdition. Since I came back from Greece I can't stop listening to Middle eastern/South Asian and African music. I have been listening to the songs below non-stop these past few weeks.

In the future, I'll be creating more special edition playlists based on countries, regions and continents. It's something that I've been thinking about since I realised how much music there is out there, especially in countries that we don't usually think about.

If you have any song recommendations from countries that are not usually on the EU/USA charts, please send me a message on instagram or an email at:

To make it easier for you to listen to all the music below and enjoy it, I have made a playlist on Spotify and on Youtube!

OCT 2021 #SnaxPack Spotify Playlist; click here

OCT 2021 #SnaxPack Youtube Playlist;click here

Wanna learn more about these amazing artists? Keep reading....

1. CKay - love nwantiti (ah ah ah)

Origin: Nigeria

Genre: Afrobeat/R&B/Afropop

"CKay is the artist to know right now. The self-defined Afrobeat star is soaring up charts across the globe thanks to a viral remix of his single Love Nwantiti, and the UK is no exception. The Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer, whose real name is Chukwuka Ekweani, originally released Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) back in 2019 as part of his debut EP CKay The First. It wasn’t until Summer 2021 however that the track began to really pick up steam. In late July, a TikTok user remixed the single, which quickly went stratospheric across dance challenges, stan edits, makeup reveals and more - 2.5 million TikToks currently exist using just that particular mix (with hundreds of thousands more across other versions) - and users soon began seeking out the original." officialcharts

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2. WizKid - Joro

Origin: Nigeria

Genre: Afrobeat/R&B/Afropop/Reggae

"Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter, born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun on July 16, 1990 in Surulere, Lagos. Wizkid grew up in an interfaith household with 12 female siblings, and once claimed, in an interview with Tim Westwood, that his dad had three wives. He formed his first musical outfit "The Glorious Five" while still at school. Wizkid started going by the name of Lil Prinz until 2006, and soon met producer OJB Jezreel who wouldn’t let him record anything for a year. Wizkid released his debut album Superstar in 2011, and worked with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Femi Kuti and racked up a whopping 15 weeks as a UK Official Singles Chart Number 1 in 2016 with Drake and the song One Dance." officialcharts

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3. The Cacemen - Osondu

Origin: Nigeria

Genre: Nigerian highlife fusion

"Fusing elements of jazz and soul music with their evident highlife influences, The Cavemen – comprising the sibling duo Kingsley Okorie and Benjamin James – create their version of futuristic highlife; a coalition of slices of the past and their modern perspectives. Although the pair first stepped onto the scene as instrumentalists, they attained a higher level of visibility back in 2019 as they began making music of their own. Their peerless sound – one they’ve defined as ‘Highlife Fusion’ – was born out of a necessity to fill a void undoubtedly missing from the Nigerian mainstream."thenativemag

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4. Tiwa Savage - Attention

Origin: Nigeria

Genre: Afropop/Afrobeats/Pop

"Tiwatope Savage (born 5 February 1980) is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Isale Eko, she relocated to London at the age of 11 for her secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige. After participating in the UK edition of The X Factor and graduating from Berklee College of Music, Savage signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2009. Inspired by the growth of the Nigerian music industry, Savage moved back to Nigeria and signed with Mavin Records in 2012. She made an appearance on the label's 2012 compilation album Solar Plexus." wikipedia

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5. Beyonce, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer - ALREADY


Genre: Afrobeat/Afropop/Electronic/Reggae/Dancehall

"Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr., known by his stage name Shatta Wale formerly Bandana, is a Ghanaian-born reggae-dancehall musician born on the 17th of October, 1984 to Charles Mensah Snr and Mama Elsie. Shatta Wale changed his name to "Bandana" after senior high school and released the hit track "Bandana from Ghana". The song made tremendous air waves in the Ghanaian music industry in 2004. Shatta Wale's sudden rise to the occasion happened at the 2013 VGMA awards when he threw lyrical insults to VGMA because he proclaimed they robbed him of the Dancehall artist of the year to a female Dancehall artist "Kaakie". Even though the song had vulgar lyrics, it was so anticipated by the media which created his musical breakthrough." ghanaweb

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6. ABIR - Yallah

Origin: Morocco/U.S.A.

Genre: Arab-pop

"Born Abir Haronni in Fez, Morocco, she moved to the U.S. with her family when she was just five years old. Raised in Arlington, Virginia, she started singing soon after the family relocated, heavily influenced by Etta James, whose CDs she listened to while cruising with her limousine-driving father. In addition to James, Haronni also drew from her family's home continent, drawing inspiration from revered Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. As she grew up, formidable divas Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Sarah Vaughan, and Beyonce influenced her style and powerful vocals. She made her earliest appearances on tracks with rapper Fabolous (2015's "Young OG II") and producer Illmind (2016's "Fallin") before making her solo debut with "Wave," a collaboration with Masego. " allmusic

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7. A-WA - Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman

Origin: Israel

Genre: Pop/Hip-Hop/Rap

"Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim — better known as Israeli group A-Wa —have fashioned a blend of darbuka drums, catchy harmonies and hip-hop electronics that deftly and happily transcends the complicated history of Arab-Jewish relations in their home country. With the help of producer Tomer Yosef of Balkan Beat Box, the three sisters (ages 27 to 33) have just released their debut album, Habib Galbi (Love of My Heart), featuring a title track that has gone viral across the Middle East." rollingstone

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8. Yemen Blues - Jat Mahibathi

Origin: Israel

Genre: Yemeni & Hebrew fusion jazz and blues

"Alshaiba and Kahalnai’s musical union was a match made in social media. In 2011 at the start of the Yemeni Revolution, Alshaiba, who was still in Sana’a at the time, typed the word “Yemen” into the YouTube search bar out of curiosity. Remarkably, the Israeli band Yemen Blues popped up. Intrigued, Alshaiba began to research the band and was excited to discover that they shared his same roots. Alshaiba contacted Kahalani on Facebook, he told The Times of Israel, to express “support and love for the message he is delivering to the people.” After they both ended up in New York City, they began a joint musical journey." Times of Israel

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9. Nese Karaböcek - Yali Yali

Origin: Turkey

Genre: Turkish Arabesque

"Neşecan Göktürk, better known as Neşe Karaböcek (born 1 April 1947 in Istanbul), is a Turkish singer and considered one of the main artists of Turkish Arabesque music, a fusion of traditional Turkish and world music influences and adaptations of international sounds. She also starred in a great number of Turkish films. She was popular from her first release for the single "Artık Sevmeyeceğim" until the mid 1990s with multiple gold and platinum certifications." wikipedia

This version is a remix by Todd Terje, a Norwegian DJ. Unfortunately it's only available on Youtube. For this reason you'll find the original version in our #SnaxPack playlist on Spotify.

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10. Amr Diab - Tamally Maak

Origin: Egypt

Genre: Arab-pop/Mediterranean pop

"Amr Abdel Baset Abdel Aziz Diab, born on 11 October 1961, is an Egyptian singer, composer, and actor. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms. By 1992, he became the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern artist to start making high-tech music videos. His 2014 album "Shoft El Ayam" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums Charts, making him the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern performer to accomplish such a feat." wikipedia

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