Music has been an integral part of the entertainment sector in Africa aside filming. Most of the musicians in
Africa have performed spectacularly in their respective countries, in other countries and world wide with the idea of selling Africa.
The genre of music they do include High-life, Hip-Life, “Dance-hall”, Afro-Pop, Hip-Hop, Gospel, reggae, and among others. Apart from the several awards they have won, they have also produced several songs, inspired so many young people, and have grown to promote the music career in Africa.
Below, are the top ten outstanding musicians in Africa that we have compiled based on how they have extremely worked hard to take African music far.
1. SONNIE BADU
Sonnie Badu is a multiple award winning Gospel singer, songwriter, philanthropist, producer, TV presenter and author. He is arguably the most successful gospel export to emerge out of Africa in recent years. His unique blend of intimate worship, high class visuals, and his energetic style of ushering congregations into the presence of God is affecting lives worldwide.
In 2009, he received numerous honors and accolades for his contribution to the gospel community, winning a BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Fashion and Film Award) in the category of Best Gospel Artist. He was also the recipient of three awards at the Gospel Music Awards Italy in the categories of Best Gospel Artist in Europe, Best Worship Artist of the year and Best Worship song for the smash hit single ‘Covenant Keeping God’ and to crown the year, he was decorated the Best Gospel Male at the British Gospel Music Awards.
In 2008 he launched the annual ‘Sonnie Badu Worships’ program. So far the event has been held in London, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New York, Maryland, Atlanta, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Ghana and Canada and its reputations continues to spread with more nations coming on board in the new year.
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’banj, born 9 June 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards.
He adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo. D’banj is currently best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart. Apart from the music career, D’banj is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development and also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.
Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known by his stage name Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop and hip-life recording artist from Tema. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards.In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e-TV Ghana.He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance and often named as one of Africa’s greatest Hip pop artists.
On July 13, 2013, Sarkodie launched “The Sarkodie Foundation” which is tasked with the mission of supporting underprivileged children. He has also established himself as a successful entrepreneur and owns “Sark by Yas clothing line”, which was launched on April 27, 2013.
4. AYUB OGADA
Ayub Ogada was born in 1956 in Mombasa, Kenya. He is a descendant of the Luo people of western Kenya and was influenced by their musical heritage by his parents who were musicians. They performed Luo music to Kenyan and US audiences. Ayub’s experience of travelling with his parents to the US and his exposure to both western and African cultures had a profound effect on his music and outlook.
Ayub was invited to take part in one of the ‘recording weeks’ at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire. In 1993, he recorded his first album En Mana Kuoyo (Just Sand) at the studio and he toured extensively with Peter Gabriel and WOMAD.
Ayub’s music is on the soundtracks of films such as ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ (2000), ‘The Constant Gardener’ (2005) and ‘Samsara’ (2011). His music was also used in the soundtrack for Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman’s BBC series Long Way Round and Long Way Down.
5. STANLEY ENOW
Stanley Ebai Enow is a Cameroonian rapper who is best known for his 2013 single “Hein Père”.He has received several nominations and subsequently won the Best New Act category at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Enow was born in Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest Region of Cameroon. He started writing rap lyrics and break-dancing while in high school and has since become a very great musician in Cameroon and in Africa as well.
Kiernan Jordan Forbes (born 28 January 1988), better known by his stage name AKA, is a South African rapper originally from Cape Town. AKA ventured for a solo career with hits like “Mistakes”, “In My Walk” and “Do It” with the latter making it to number 1 on the South African 5FM Top 40.
He won Metro FM Music Awards for “Best Newcomer”, “Best Hip Hop” as a solo act and “Best Produced Album” for his debut Altar Ego. He was also dubbed “Prince of South African Rap” by one of the national newspapers and won “Best Dressed man” during the GQ Awards in South Africa alongside Oscar Pistorius. He is very talented, determined and a;ways bring the best rap for his fans.
7. HARRY KIMANI
Harrison Mungai “Harry” Kimani (b. ca. 1982) is a Kenyan musician and composer. Kimani grew up with music, teaching himself to play the guitar by watching an older brother perform. He attended Kirangari High School in Nairobi, where he already showed a great interest in music; he sang, composed songs, participated in music festivals and, at one time, conducted the school choir.
His first love in high school inspired him to compose a song called “African Woman,” which was well received among his friends; they urged him to record the song. In 2005, he won Kisima Music Awards for Best Music Video & Best Song and was nominated in the same year for Kora Awards – Most Promising Male Artiste.
8. 2FACE IDIBIA
Innocent Ujah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected Tu-baba as his stage name. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa.
2Face has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.
9. DADDY LUMBA
He was born as Charles Kwadwo Fosuh in Nsuta near Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. In the early 1980s, he debuted on the highlife scene with his massive hit “Yeeye Aka Akwantuo Mu” with Nana Acheampong (known together as ‘Lumba Brothers’).
In 1999, he won three awards including best album and the most popular song of the year at the Ghana Music Awards. Before the year 2002, Daddy came out every year with a hit album. Daddy Lumba has won several Ghana Music Awards and other excellence awards and continue to appeal to the young and old. He is old, but with passion and talent at heart, his music career is still growing and always bring out the best for Ghanaians and Africans.
10. SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY
Michael Davies (born July 20, 1972), popularly known by his stage name Sundaygar Dearboy, is a Liberian hipco singer, songwriter and record producer from District 2, Grand Bassa County. He records primarily in Bassa and Liberian English; he has released several contemporary gospel songs. Dearboy has released several studio albums, including See Boyee, Don’t Live With Woman (2007) and Rebirth (2012). He was named the Liberian Musician of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
He revived his music career by releasing “Bayjay”, a song endorsed by the Liberian populace. The song won the Song of the Year award at the 2005 Liberian Entertainment Awards
Source: Compilation by AllAboutAfrica