5 of the Best Kwanzaa Songs for the Season

Kwanzaa is a yearly celebration of African-American culture that spans from the day after Christmas (December 26) through January 1. The holiday, created by activist Maulana Karenga and based on African harvest festival traditions, was first held in 1966.

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One of the most important parts of Kwanzaa is the highlighting of the seven principles, which are symbolized by seven candles: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).

Here, we are highlighting five songs that celebrate the holiday and showcase some of the best of what it has to offer. Enjoy.

1. “Celebrate Kwanzaa” by Divinity Roxx and Aaron Nigel Smith

Bass legend Divinity Roxx and Billboard No. 1 reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith shared their new single, ‘‘Celebrate Kwanzaa,” earlier in December. The two Grammy-nominated family music performers teamed up on the new track to shine a light on the seven principles that are celebrated during the last week of the year. It’s an informative, charming offering that gets the shoulders shaking and the smiles lifting. Check it out below.

2. “A Kwanzaa Song” by Lovely Hoffman

A heartfelt R&B song about the importance of the holiday and its desire to spread unity and community amongst people. This is good for the whole family. Check out Lovely Hoffman’s uplifting rendition below.

3. “Happy Kwanzaa” by Teddy Pendergrass

A funk song performed by the smooth-voiced Teddy Pendergrass. The song talks about the inherent belief in the holiday about honoring the past year and looking forward to the new one. Check out the celebratory song from Pendergrass below.

4. “Happy Happy Kwanzaa” by Bunny Hull

A song that features a children’s chorus, this song enumerates the seven principles of the holiday. This is a good one to get generations together to celebrate. As the song says, the holiday can be enjoyed by everyone.

5. “This Kwanzaa (feat. Pierce Freelon)” by Fyütch

A more modern take on celebrating the season, this track talks about the important principles of the holiday while highlighting Black businesses, unity, purpose, and more through ear-catching rap. Check out the track and accompanying music video below.

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