5 African Christmas Carols You Should Know

Christmas is definitely that one season that everyone looks forward to. This period is well valued and celebrated in many African homes as they honor the birth of Christ but there is no Christmas complete celebration without good music to spice things up.

During this period a lot of people listen to Christmas carols and enjoy the day with family and friends while having some good food.

Africans are known for their unique culture and creativity which has also extended to creating fascinating and intriguing Christmas carols with a taste of the African culture. Read on to find out about Christmas carols you can listen to during the Christmas season.

  1. Little drummer boy (African Tribal version) led by Alex Boye ft Genenis choir

Performed more in the zulu culture which originates from South Africa, the song talks about compassion and making others happy during this season of love most especially who cannot afford or expect gifts during this season.

The song opens with a mother and her two daughters who recently became homeless and had to move into their motor home during Christmas with no hopes of celebrating talk of receiving gifts and love but all this was cut short when they got surprise visitors.

Watch the song:


  1. “12 Days of Christmas” African rendition by 2face Idibia, Yemi Alade, Eddy Kenzo, Cynthia Morgan, Waje, Rhema Namakula, the Yamoto band from Tanzania & more


This song features great musicians from different African countries and it portrays the beauty and in diversity of the African culture. Sang just like the famous “12 days of Christmas” but more with each artist naming their famous and probably favorite meal of their country. It was a draw of artists from Nigeria, Tanzania, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Angola, Ghana, South Africa and many more.

Enjoy this African piece below: 

  1. African Christmas- The sun shines down

This song simply tells the story about Christmas and what it means to an African child. The song mostly talks about the Christmas weather in Africa which is usually sunny and perfect for a walk with family and friends so as to bond and catch up. Emphasizing Christmas is all about love and having fun.

Catch more about this epic song below

  1. Sojay – very merry

The Nigerian artist in this beautiful song lays emphasis on the importance of spending Christmas with your loved ones. In this song, he sends a message to his partner or his “bae” promising to spend time with her during this special holiday.

It also reflects how friends and family often travel from far and near to spend time with each other during the Christmas holiday.

Watch below to enjoy the song.

  1. African children’s choir – joy to the world

The African children’s choir features African children between the ages of 7 to 10 from different African countries.

This Christmas song was sang with a blend of the South African culture and beat with the regular “joy to the world” lyrics and the South African Zulu language which urges everyone to prepare a room for Jesus in their hearts.

Listen to the beautiful and angelic voices of these amazing kids.



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