They made African music worth something to talk about, with their hits or albums. From Lagos to Johannesburg, from Accra to Bamako, from Lomé to Douala… Who are the African artists to follow ?
20 – Na Lingui Yé – Fally Ippupa & MHD
It is one of the main tracks of Fally Ippupa’s latest album, Tokoos, released on July 7. When the king of Congolese rumba and the prodigy of Afrotrap collaborate, the result is a hit under the sign of love that will make people dance all summer long. The clip published on Youtube on July 7 already has more than a million views.
19. Bravo – MHD
The little prince of Afrotrap continues his dazzling epic. “Bravo”, shot in Marseille, is an energetic clip in which he recounts his success, which will surround the continent in the coming weeks. In one month, the video has already recorded more than 12 million views: a sign that Mohammed Sylla – by his real name – is definitely on the right track.
18 – Kamelemba – Oumou Sangaré
The star of Wassoulou returns with a modern sound, boosted by synthesizer layers and electronic “beats”. And the singer still doesn’t keep her tongue in her pocket: “Kamelemba” is a warning against playboys who abuse young girls.
17 – Bamako – Songhoy Blues
A small musical bomb, “Bamako” celebrates the hot nights of the Malian capital. For this title, the four members of Songhoy Blues traded the time of this title the blues-rock of the desert for a wild funk. One of the best tracks on their second album, Résistance, recorded last fall in London.
16- Koregore – Hawa Boussim
The diva from Burkina Faso returns with her signature: her very modulated voice. But above all, with a sound resolutely tailored for clubs, all directly from his latest album Mingoureza. You may or may not like it. But on the dancefloor, this track is irresistible.
15 – Fall – Davido
Nigerian singer and producer Davido unveils his latest video clip with “Fall”, which already has more than 9 million views. Naturally, “Fall” combines a declaration of love with sentimental spite. The Superstar of the African continent, could now move the whole world.
14- Wild Thoughts – Rihanna, Bryson Tiller & DJ Khaled
Rihanna makes her comeback on “Wild Thoughts”, a track by DJ Khaled with whom she collaborates alongside Bryson Tiller. The song’s particularity: the cover of the theme of a 1999 classic, “Maria Maria Maria” by Santana. In a few weeks, the clip attracted more than 166 million curious people. Rather understandable insofar as “Riri” appears more sensual than ever… Not to mention DJ Khaled’s production, notably carried by Bryson Tiller’s voice and flow.
13- Macarena – Damso
“Macarena” is one of the singles of Damso’s second album, “Ipseité”, released on April 28. The clip, released a week ago, already has more than 6 million views. On July 18, the 92.i member saw “Ipséité” being certified as a double platinum disc. Revealed by Booba, the rapper made raw words his trademark. Of Congolese origin, he is now an emblematic figure of Belgian rap.
12- African Bad Gyal – Wizkid & Chris Brown
Everything worked out for the young prodigy of the Nigerian Afrobeats. He signed a beautiful collaboration with Chris Brown on the title “African Bad Gyal”. This track mixes afropop and ragga rhythms imbued with an electro fibre. The title was released last June and already records more than two million views. While he will move all of Africa this summer, the king of Nigerian Naija is also ready to conquer the globe.
11 – YouNess – Moul Chateau Ft. DJ Soul-A
Youness, the prodigy of the Moroccan Raï, unveils his latest hit released at the beginning of June, “Moul Château”, which already has more than 5 million views on Youtube. The fresh thirty-year-old, who loves the Raï pop version, made his name in 2003 by winning Casting Star, the Moroccan “star academy”, via his cover of a Cheb Mami song.
10 – Dj Black Coffee (South Africa)
Black Coffee, at the registry office Nkosinathi Maphumulo is the artist who has raised the level of South African house music. The award-winning artist was born in Kwazulu-Natal, the South African house music province where he studied music. In African music, he is no stranger at all.
9 – Ferre Gola (Congo)
Image result for 9 – Ferre Gola (Congo)At 41 years of age, the Congolese Ferre Gola was voted 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.
8- Shyn, (Madagascar)
Rafling the revelation prices at the AFRIMA 2017 on a continent where the field of music has almost become a Spanish inn, this is no ordinary thing. Head held high, the young Malagasy tries to believe in his music in a country that is not very well known in the musical world. He plans to release his first album this year.
7 – Daphne (Cameroon)
At 28 years old, the Cameroonian native of Buea is on the right track to shine in Africa. And this, even as a student. Best Central African musician of 2016, Daphnée 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.
6 – Sidiki Diabaté (Mali)
Rewarded already in 2010 in his country for his qualities as a beatmaker, instrumentalist and composer when he was only 19 years old, Malian Sidiki Diabaté is on the rise in Africa, especially in French-speaking countries. Coming from the 72nd generation of one of the most exceptional families of griots and players of Kora, the griot’s instrument par excellence, Sidiki had a rather busy year in 2017.
5 – Sarkodie (Ghana)
In Africa, Michael Owusu Addo aka Sarkodie has an 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. Engaged, Afroptimistic, Sarkodie experienced a slight slowdown in 2017, but has recently promised a big comeback.
4- Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade is not only known in Nigeria. At 28 years old, the Nigerian 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. If 2017 was not the year of great rewards, the star is a hardworking woman and will probably do big things in 2018.
3 – Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Edrisa Musuuza, alias Eddy Kenzo, is well known in East and West Africa after the release of her song Sitya Loss in 2014. A song that had an average of 10,000 views a day, and shared by celebrities like 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.
2 – Toofan (Togo)
2017 was a year of great success for the Togolese group Toofan. In November last year, the two artists won two trophies at the official AFRIMA Awards ceremony: the Best Group and the Best Pop Act. But not just that. The Togolese group has also signed a long-standing dream with Universal Music France, a music company. The collaboration with the Nigerian Patoranking on the “Gné bras” concept has also been a continental success. Those artists who have accustomed their fans to the new concepts almost every year will probably release another one in 2018.
1- The Wizkid – Davido (Nigeria)
Image result for Wizkid and davido It is difficult to say which of the two is currently leading the dance in Nigeria, a country with the largest music industry in Africa. In 2017, the two artists each won a prize at the 12th edition of the Futur Awards Africa. If Wizkid (26 years old) made history by becoming the first African artist to win the prize for best international act at the MOBO Awards, Davido (25 years old) won the trophy