Music is booming in Africa. A volcano of beautiful sounds in constant eruption. To be eligible for this show, all you have to do is follow the 10 most popular African artists of 2019.
At the top of this ranking, we have a Congolese singer…
1. Fally Ipupa (Congo)
Between 2017 and 2018, Fally Ipupa achieved the full reward level. In 2017, he won the prize for Best Francophone Artist in Afrima. He ends up with 9 awards:
Video of the year with “Eloko Oyo” at the Afrima;
Best collaboration of the year with “Kiname” at the HAPA Music Awards (featuring Booba) ;
International Artist of the Year at the “Votes Planète Rap”;
Francophone Artist of the Year at the “WANA Music Awards”;
Best audience of the year ” ACOUSTIC TV5 Monde “;
3rd Best Song of the Year with “Eloko Oyo” by BBC Africa..;
Best song of the year with “Eloko Oyo” “Trace Africa”;
Best collaboration (Bad Boy) and Best album (Tokooos) of the year at the AfricanMoove Music Awards.
And in 2018, it comes in force with the best African Traditional Inspiration song of the year at the “Kunde Awards”, Kunde special of African Cultural Actor at the “Kunde Awards”.
2. Davido and Wizkid (Nigeria)
In 2017, the two artists each won a prize at the 12th edition of the Futur Awards Africa. While Wizkid (27) made history by becoming the first African artist to win the award for best international act at the MOBO Awards, Davido (25) won the musician of the year award. Both were nominated in the category of best African act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, which were won by the hit “Fall”, while Wizkid distinguished himself at the AFRIMA with three trophies.
3. Toofan (Togo)
2017 was a year of great success for the Togolese group Too.
In November last year, the two artists won two trophies at the official AFRIMA Awards ceremony: the Best Group and the Best Pop Act. The Togolese group has also signed with a music house; Universal Music France, a long-standing dream. The collaboration with the Nigerian Patoranking on the “Gné bras” concept has also been a continental success.
4. Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Edrisa Musuuza, aka Eddy Kenzo, has been well known in East and West Africa since the release of her song Sitya Loss in 2014. A song that had an average of 10,000 views a day, and was shared by celebrities such as Akon, Ronaldinho, Tevin Cambell, Ellen Degeneres, Puff Daddy, Sanaa Lathan and many others around the world. In 2017, he was awarded at the AFRIMA festival, winning the trophy for best album of the year with his opus Biology.
5.Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade is the queen of Nigerian music. At 28 years old, the star who has become very famous since his song “Johnny” has not finished impressing. The girl “Yoruba-ibo” as she is nicknamed, won 2 major awards at the MTV African Music Awards and the best female artist performance in 2015 and 2016. But she is also known to have been a coach in The Voice Nigeria in 2017. She is known for making great collaborations and very often releasing new hits.
6. Sarkodie (Ghana)
In Africa, Michael Owusu Addo a.k.a Sarkodie has a very enviable reputation. Although he only rapes in Twi, a language spoken by some 6 million Ghanaians, the 29-year-old artist is a major influence in the world of rap. This artist with undeniable talent happens to be the ambassador of Ghanaian youth as well as that of many international brands such as Samsung. He is very committed and presents himself as Afroptimistic.
7.Sidiki Diabaté (Mali)
Son of Toumani Diabaté, Sidiki Diabaté is the most listened to Malian artist of the moment. He waltzes between traditional and modernity to offer the world magnificent melodies.
8. Daphnee (Cameroon)
Best artist-musician of Central Africa in 2016, Daphnee distinguished herself again in 2017 with her hits like “Calée”, “jusqu’à la gare”, or “Je te promesse”, songs that have all been very successful.
9. Shyn (Madagascar)
Shyn won the revelation prize at the 2017 AFRIMA. The young Malagasy tries to believe in his music in a country that is not very well known for its music. He plans to release his first album this year.
10. Ferre Gola (Congo)
Ferré Gola, whose real name is Hervé Gola Bataringe, is a Congolese singer, songwriter, performer and dancer.
At 41 years of age, he was elected best African artist on Canal 2’Or in 2017. Well known in the rumba world, Ferre Gola is considered as the one who takes over from the late Papa Wemba, or Franco Luambo.