11 Non-Nigerian Artistes You Should Be Listening To Right Now

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  1. Toofan: This is a name that is fast spreading now in Africa with the smash hit single “Gweta”. The Togolese duo, Barabas and Master who are also brothers have taken the Togolese Music to the world over. We bet a lot of you dance to their songs “Gweta” and “Aloledji” (Raising Hands) every Friday in the clubs without knowing the name behind the songs. Well their hardwork since 2005 has not gone unnoticed with their new singles getting nominations all over the place, let’s hope the brothers pinch one of them.

 

  1. L-Tido: South African rapper and songwriter Thato Madonsela, who goes b the pseudonym L-Tido, is one of the few successful artistes in South Africa to reach commercial success independently. In 2009, he single handedly released, marketed and distributed hand-hand his debut mix-tape – “City Of Gold” which was a major success, with several songs topping charts everywhere and a Channel O Music award nomination for Most Gifted Newcomer. He has since released 2 albums while working with Nigerian acts like Wizkid and Banky W. L-Tido was the first South African artist to be part of the campaign to promote the 2nd season of the MTV award-winning youth drama Shuga.

 

 

  1. Lira: Multi-Platinum selling and 11 times South African Music Award-winning Afro-Soul Vocalist, Lira who real name Lerato Molapo translates to Love in Soweto, started performing live on stage at the age of 16, singing covers and her self-penned songs. Her break however, was in 2000 when musician/producer Arthur Mafokate discovered her and signed her to his 999 Music label and helped release her debut album – “All My Love” in 2003. From then on, it has since been a steady rise which has seen the artiste who calls her style of music a fusion of soul, funk with elements of jazz and African. She has since released 6 studio albums, including an American Album. She is signed to Sony Music Africa and on 13th December 2014, she was the special guest act for American Neo-Soul star, Jill Scott, in a one night only concert in Johannesburg

 

 

  1. Efya: Ghanaian neo soul vocalist, songwriter, performer/actress from Kumasi and daughter to filmmaker and celebrity host Nana Adwao Awindor, Efya gained national acceptance throughout Ghana by becoming the first runner up in Charterhouse’s Stars of The Future television show and secured herself a 3-Year recording contract. She built on that success and in November 11, 2013, she released her debut mix-tape “T.I.N.T” which was the beginning of her continental break. Having won lots of awards over the years, Efya’s debut album “Janesis” is set to be released soon.

 

 

  1. M.Anifest: Born Kwame Ametepee Tsikata and with music in his blood, being the grandson of one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicogists and composers J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Award winning Ghanaian Rapper and songwriter M.anifest is another name to be on your playlist. The graduate of Economics, who also doubles as a producer earned himself a third place honor in the International Songwriters Competition (ISC) in 2015 with the smash hit single “Someway Bi” and went on to be named The foremost rapper on the Continent by Guardian in the same year.

 

 

  1. AKA: Kiernan Jarryd Forbes better known by his stage name AKA is one of South Africa’s biggest hip-hop recording artistes. Born in Cape Town, he was part of the rap group Entity which had the hit song “Touch N Go”. This group was nominated in 2005 or “Best African Hip Hop” in the KORA Awards and performed during the event. The Prince of South African rap decided to go solo after studying Sound Engineering in 2009 and has churned out lots of hits, winning him various nominations and awards from the world over. In late 2014 rapper AKA signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music through its new local urban label Sound African recordings.

 

 

  1. Victoria Kimani: Born in Los Angeles, Carlifonia, Victoria Kimani who started writing and performing her own songs at the age of 16 rose to stardom in 2010 after performing a cover of Ice Prince’s hit single “Oleku” which caught the attention of Chocolate City executives who signed her to the label at the end of 2012. She has since gone to release a number of hit songs and gained a pretty big fan base. Originally from Kenya, she is now based in her home country, where she trills fans with her infectious melodious tunes.

 

 

  1. Diamond Platnumz: This guy is a familiar name in the Nigerian Music scene after collaborations with a lot of Nigerian music acts which includes, but not limited to Davido,Waje and 5 Star Music’s lead act Kcee. The Bongo Flava recording artiste from Tanzania, whose real names are Nasibu Abdul Jumma, gained popularity across Africa with his hit song “Number One” which has our very own OBO Davido on the remix. Diamond Platnumz was the highest selling Tanzanian artistes of ringtones in 2013 and currently holds the record for the highest paid East African artiste per show.

 

  1. 3. Fuse ODG: 27 year old Nana Richard Abiona who is better known by his stage name Fuse ODG, is British musician but he makes our list because he is of Ghanaian decent and his music is well appreciated and loved in Africa. His debut single “Antenna” dropped on June 2, 2013 and he has been on the rise ever since. The song was so successful that it peaked at number 7 on the UK singles top chart and the legendary Wyclef Jean had to be on the remix. Fast-forward 3 months later, he dropped “Million pound girl(Badder Than Bad)” which peaked at number 5 on the UK singles chart and 5 months later, in May 2014, he unleashed “Dangerous Love” which featured Sean Paul and peaked at number 3 on the UK singles Chart. The multiple award winning star dropped his debut album “T.I.N.A” on November 3, 3014 and turned down an offer to sing on the Band Aid 30 project because he objected to the way the lyrics of the song portrayed the victims of the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, and Africa generally

 

  1. Stonebwoy: Born Livingstone Etse Satekla, CEO of Burniton Music group Stonebwoy is one of the leading reggae/Dancehall/afro-pop artistes in the country. Stonebwoy who rose to fame after appearing in a rap competition “Kasahaare Level” has gone on to carve a name for himself in the rocks of the industry and winning so many awards along the line, the most notable being the BET Best International African Act for 2015. Due to his multifaceted style of singing, which includes rapping in Jamaican Patois, he has been able to collaborate with a lot of stars, the last one being a feature on MC Galaxy’s “Go Gaga”, alongside legendary Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt and Northside Inc’s Cynthia Morgan.

 

 

  1. Sarkodie: One of the major proponents of the Ghanaian Azonto genre, Michael Owusu Addo, or Sarkodie as his fans known him is a Ghanaian hip-hop/highlife artiste from Tema. The Sark, as he likes to call himself, is regarded as one of Africa’s greatest hip-hop artiste and export. In 2014, he was ranked as the 6th hottest African MC. This year he has been named by Guardian as one of the top 5 hip-hop acts of the continent while AfricanRanking.com named him as the number 3 “Top 10 African Rapper Of 2015. Then rapper who has won as many as 42 awards which includes MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Act, is the first Ghanaian to win the BET Awards for Best International Act Africa in 2012 and was nominated in the same category for last 2 consecutive years

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