Africans are known around the world mostly for exhuming bad characters and always subjected into a constant pitiful state; it is also a well-known center for massive manufacturing countries to dump substantial products because Africa is a heavy consumer of all goods.
Although the current state of Africa is not that bad as it was in the past; only that its bad sides have been gaining more media attention than the good. We can’t blame the media for that.
But today, we at postingday.com have selected top-notch artists from Africa who inspired the world with their melodious music and showcasing our distinct heritage and well-preserved culture.
Top5 world famous African artists;
1. Youssou N’dour, Senegal
This Grammy Award winner is also a successful businessman who owns a nightclub, television station, and record label. He was Senegal’s Minister of Tourism between 2012 and 2013.
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine described him as the most famous singer alive.
He is the subject of award-winning films: Return to Gorée (2007) directed by Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love (2008) directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
N’Dour was cast as Olaudah Equiano in the film Amazing Grace, in 2006.
2. Koffi Olomide
Born in DR Congo, he grew up without a musical background and in 2011 he won the “African Artiste of the Decade Award”.
This Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer is also well known as Koffi Olomide Mammie Wata. His real name is Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba. He founded Quartier Latin International orchestra with many top notable artistes like Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola.
3. Angelique Kidjo
This iconic woman whose father was from Benin and mother from Nigeria (Yoruba) has been honored with numerous awards.
The Grammy award winner was described by Time Magazine as “Africa’s premier diva”; BBC listed her among the 50 most iconic figures in Africa.
UK Guardian also included her in its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World.
She is the first woman to be listed among “The Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa”. On June 6, 2013, Kidjo was elected vice-president of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC).
She can be described as the Dolly Parton of Africa.
4. Khalid Hadj Ibrahim
The Algeria born singer is the most popular Rai singer in the world, which has earned him the nickname “King of Ra”.
Rai is a type of folk which merges French, Arabic, Spanish and African musical influences together to create one unique masterpiece.
His hit song “Didi” was well accepted in Arabic-speaking countries and other continents, including Europe, where it top charts in France, Belgium and Spain, and in Asia, including India and Pakistan.
The song was also used in a Bollywood film Shreeman Aashiq and Airlift and a Mollywood film titled Highway.
5. Femi Kuti
Son of Nigerian born legendary Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti; this artist uses his music to protest vices in Nigeria such as poverty, corruption, and other prevailing matters in the country and Africa.
His album ‘Fight to Win’ which was released in 2001, and featured some major American artists like Jaguar Fight and Mos Def is considered as the most remarkable Neo-Afro beat of the 21st century.
He received two Grammy nominations in 2010 for his comeback album, Africa for Africa in 2010.