African music is doing so well as they are also at the forefront of music globally, and here we ask Who are the kings of Africa music?
It has been made possible because of many talented artists in different African music industries, lets find out who are the kings of Africa music.
Starting from the 90s, Africans have been recognized in the world music sphere, and since then, they have been waxing stronger.
When we talk about some well-known African artists who brought African music to the limelight, artists like Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Brenda Fassie, and other African giants can’t be left out.
Ever since then, Africans have never left the music phase. Let’s check out the top ten best African musicians in 2021 who have represented African music industries worldwide.
The list consists of modern African musicians who have released so many hit songs in past years
Top 10 Africa musicians that are regarded as the kings of African music
Wizkid is a famous Nigerian singer and songwriter. Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, born on July 16, 1990, is popularly known by his stage name Wizkid. He has gained so much firm in the music industry in Africa and the world, making him one of the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria.
Wizkid started his music career at age 11. He released his first collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed.
Wizkid later met O.J.B. Jezreel, who became his mentor during his struggling days. He then started visiting Jezreel’s studio, watching and learning from the recordings by artists like 2Face Idibia and Sound Sultan.
Wizkid then joined Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E.) in 2009, and from there, his career in the music Industry kick-started. Wizkid is one of the Nigerians top artists, and fortunately, he is considered one of the African best musicians.
David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian top musician. Davido is the third-best musician and artist of all time in Nigeria.
Davido was born in Atlanta, United States of America, to the wealthy Nigerian family of Dr Deji Adeleke, a co-founder of the Adeleke University in Osun state and the Pacific CEO Holdings Limited.
Before ‘Dami Duro’, which announced Davido to the world, Davido released his first single, ‘Back When’, featuring Naeto C, although the song didn’t trend much.
On Oct. 30, 2011, Davido released ‘Dami Duro’. He co-produced the single with Shizzi, which Clarence shot in Lagos.
The song Dami Duro came with a fantastic video in Jan. 2012, and it became the talk of the town with frequent airplay by the media.
Burna Boy is a Nigerian musician and has made quality jams that have earned him recognition as the best African musician in 2021.
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu is known by his stage name Burna Boy. On July 2nd 1991, he was born as Mr and Mrs Ogulu in Ahaoda, Rivers State, Nigeria.
His grandfather Benson Idonije once managed Fela Kuti. Burna Boy started making music at the age of 10 after his classmate gave him the FuityLoops software for music production.
In secondary school, Burna Bo formed a music band that performed at concerts before going to London to further his education. In London, Burna Boy dropped out of school due to his passion for music.
Diamond Platnumz is the third-best musician in Africa. Diamond Platnumz is a Tanzanian Afropop and Bongo Flava ( hip hop and R&B) recording artist.
Diamond was born on October 2 1989, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Naseeb Abdul Juma Issack before taking his stage name Diamond Platnumz when he broke into the Tanzanian music industry in 2010 with his music album Kamwambie.
The Kamwambie album was made of 12 different songs, including his hit single Kamwambie, which reigned in Tanzania and Africa. In 2012 Diamond released another album Lala Salama which contained ten songs.
In the Lala Salama album, his top-selling album, he only featured Mrisho Mpoto in one song.
Shatta Wale is the second richest musician in Ghana in 2021. Shatta Wale is a famous Ghanaian musician known for his reggae and dance hall music style.
Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr, known by his stage name Shatta Wale was born on 17 October 1984 in Accra, Ghana.
Shatta Wale is also known as an actor, featured in some movies, including Never Say Never, The trial of Shatta Wale, and Shattered Lives.
Shatta Wale archived his first music popularity in 2004 with the stage name Bandana. His single Moko Hoo and other two single No Problem and Obaa Yaa, helped him gain his first popularity before he disappeared from the music industry without a song for over then years.
Olamide Adedeji chose to retain his first name Olamide on stage. However, he is also called Baddo due to his street music’s nature. Olamide was born on March 15th, 1989, in Bariga, Lagos State.
Olamide’s music career started flourishing in 2012 following the release of his song, Eni Duro. His 2011 album, Rapsodi, also did very well.
Rapsodi was followed by YBNL, his second album featuring some single hits that gained him even more fame within a short duration.
Today, this music icon has up to seven studio albums to his name.
He has bagged many awards in the Nigerian music industry, such as the Best Indigenous Artist, Album of the year. He has also received many nominations.
Sarkodie is the 7th best musician in Africa in 2021, owning to his hit songs over the years. Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known by his stage name Sarkodie, was born on July 10, 1988, in Tema, Ghana, in Africa’s western part.
He is a professional rapper in the music category and known as one of Africa’s best music rappers; his entertaining flow is delightful to listen to.
Sarkodie has produced many hit songs since he broke into the music industry; he has also been featured in many songs in Africa, including Nigeria, the fastest-growing music industry in Africa.
His songs with different musicians have earned him a spot as the 7th best musician in Africa in 2021.
Refiloe Maele Phoolo, professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and record producer.
Born and raised in Mahikeng, North West, he is regarded as one of the most successful artists in South Africa. In 2014, he established his own record label, Family Tree Records
Sauti Sol is a Kenyan afro-pop band formed in Nairobi, Kenya by vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, and Savara Mudigi in 2005. Initially an a cappella group, guitarist Polycarp Otieno joined before they named themselves Sauti Sol.
Sauti Sol released their debut studio album Mwanzo on 1 November 2008, to critical acclaim. Their second studio album, Sol Filosofia, was released on 25 February 2011, earning the group a number of accolades and nominations in the process.
On 18 June 2012, the band released a self-titled extended play in collaboration with South African rapper and record producer Spoek Mathambo.
Their third studio album, Live and Die in Afrika, was released online on 21 November 2015 as a free download, available for 48 hours as an early Christmas present
Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo known professionally as Nasty C, is a South African rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
After releasing three mixtapes, one being “Undisputed” and two EPs, Ngcobo released his debut album Bad Hair (2016), and Strings and Bling (2018) which was associated and supported by his first tour, The Ivyson Tour.
He was the youngest recipient of an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards, namely the Best Freshman Award.
In March 2020, Nasty C signed a joint venture deal with Def Jam Records, and released his United States official single after joining Def Jam, “There They Go”, which gained him global recognition, he then released his third album on 28 August 2020, and his first on the label which is titled Zulu Man With Some Power (2020).