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Meet Africa’s Top 10 Most Powerful Musicians At The Moment!!

The music market in Africa is growing, and the youth of the continent find in these musicians a symbol of achievement, success and the personification of the rags to riches dream.  From Soukouss to Makossa, Rumba and even Afrobeat, these most powerful musicians In Africa give a breath of fresh air to music in the global scene.  They have contributed to the spread and the export of the African music in the worlds.

Renowned record labels such as Universal launched another label, Island Africa which is exclusive to producers and artists from Africa. These elements indicate the exponential growth of the music market and the artistic development of local artists.Renowned record labels such as Universal launched another label, Island Africa which is exclusive to producers and artists from Africa. These elements indicate the exponential growth of the music market and the artistic development of local artists.

List of the Most Powerful Musicians In Africa

Name Country
1. Akon Senegalese-American
2. Black Coffee, South Africa
3. Hugh Masekela, South Africa
4. Don Jazzy Nigeria
5. Tinashe Zimbabwe-American
6. Jidenna Nigerian-American
7. Wizkid Nigeria
8. Davido Nigeria
9. Sarkodie Ghana
10. Oliver Mtukudzi Zimbabwe

1. Akon, Senegalese-American

Africans poweful Musicians

The musician has more than 35 million albums sold globally, several awards, five Grammy Award nominations, and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs.  His Facebook page, Akon has over 51 million likes. He is the founder of two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. Konvicted, his second album, got three Grammy Awards nominations in two categories.  Other than English, he has sung songs in other languages including Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.  He is ranked as the number 1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. With these accolades, he is regarded as one of the most powerful musicians In Africa

Other than English, he has sung songs in other languages including Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.  He is ranked as the number 1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. With these accolades, he is regarded as one of the most powerful musicians In Africa

2. Black Coffee, South Africa

The artist who real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, raised the bar for South African house music and has put it on the world map. The artist with several awards under his belt was born in the music province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  Nkosinathi Maphumulo was raised in the Eastern Cape Province, the home to the struggle stalwart Nelson Mandela.  His move back to KZN to study music has paid off.

3. Hugh Masekela, South Africa

Masekela was born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg, The singer is committed to restoring African heritage through his music. The world-famous singer, composer, bandleader flugelhornist and trumpeter has released over 43 albums and performed with music grates such as Marvin Gaye, The Byrds, Dizzy Gillespie, Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Miriam Makeba making him a celebrated and one of most powerful musicians In Africa.  His music is based on his township and indigenous rural roots in South Africa.

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4. Don Jazzy, Nigeria

Like many artists, Michael Collins Ajereh famously known as Don Jazzy started playing music in church when still a child.  He then moved to the UK to pursue his career.  He is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and Africans Powerful Musicians. He is also the co-founder of the record label Mo’ Hits Records which is now defunct.  After the closure of the record label mentioned above, Don Jazzy set up Mavin Records on May 8, 2012.

5. Tinashe, Zimbabwe-American

The young Tinashe Kachingwe could sing before she started talking. Her father Michael from Zimbabwe, and mother Aimie, from Denmark, have always supported her. By the age of three, Tinashe was a child model.   Her first appearance was in 2000 in the movie Cora Unashamed.  Her voice was also featured in the cartoon feature film The Polar Express with Tom Hanks, an Oscar-winning actor.

6. Jidenna, Nigerian-American

Jidenna Theodore Mobbison’s mind was set on making music when he was just 10.  However, his father wanted him to be an engineer, and he was afraid of telling him his wish.  The musician has churned hits that have earned him as a position in Africans Powerful Musicians.  Click this link for a taste of his music.

7. Wizkid, Nigeria

Without a doubt, Wizkid is currently the uncrowned king of African music.  Alicia Keys a Grammy Award-winning artist, and her husband Swizz Beatz danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro.  Keys went ahead to post a video on her Instagram account.  Kylie Jenner also posted a video of herself enjoying and dancing to Wizkid’s music on Snapchat.

8. Davido, Nigeria

In just five years, Davido has claimed a high status in the industry. The single Back When planted him firmly in the music business in 2011. His mentors are Nigerian music veterans, P-Square and D’Banj who made him believe that success was possible.  He also co-owns HKN Music and has produced songs for Naeto C, Tiwa Savage, and Sauce Kid. He was endorsed by MTN Nigeria.

He also co-owns HKN Music and has produced songs for Naeto C, Tiwa Savage, and Sauce Kid. He was endorsed by MTN Nigeria. Davido partnered with Guinness Nigeria for the concert Guinness World of More.  Davido relocated to Lagos from Atlanta at a young age.

9. Sarkodie, Ghana

Sarkodie, born Michael Owusu Addo, has racked up millions of views on YouTube for his music with his debut album. He was an underground rapper before launch his career. He is a big advocate of Azonto, a Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.  Sarkodie was the first person from Ghana to win a BET award and has the most nominations.  He started his clothing line Sark by Yas, Obidi Chief Headphones which endorses Samsung and Tigo. Sarkodie also launched the music label SarkCess to empower other African artists.  Sarkodie ranks ninth as Africans powerful Musicians.

Sarkodie was the first person from Ghana to win a BET award and has the most nominations.  He started his clothing line Sark by Yas, Obidi Chief Headphones which endorses Samsung and Tigo. Sarkodie also launched the music label SarkCess to empower other African artists.  Sarkodie ranks ninth as Africans powerful Musicians.

10. Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe

most powerful mucians In Africa

With 65 albums under his belt, Oliver Mtukudzi, fondly known as Tuku has more records than Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. He has an illustrious career spanning more than four decades with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. Oliver Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. Tuku is Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognized cultural icon of all time.  With his husky voice, he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond.  He began performing in 1977 with the Wagon Wheels band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo.

Tuku is Zimbabwe’s most renowned and internationally recognized cultural icon of all time.  With his husky voice, he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond.  He began performing in 1977 with the Wagon Wheels band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo.

Conclusion

The prestigious list was compiled by looking at the achievements and influence of the musicians in the music industry.  African music has an array of genres it spans. Other singers who are influential in Africa include Magic System, Alpha Blondy, Werrason, Koffi Olomide, Petit Pays, Youssou N’dour and Papa Wemba.  These individuals remain irrevocable legends even to the newer generations and are still Africans poweful Musicians.

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