Top 20 most popular Musician from Africa


African music is one of the most interesting means to entertain black people. This kind of music goes beyond just Africa but all around the world.

African Musicians are internationally recognized with their style of music, talents, a lot more. Africa has grown to become good music producers with their introduction of quality and unique sound.

Most celebrated & Popular Musicians from Africa

In the next lines below are 20 most popular Musicians from Africa 2020.

1. Innocent Ujah Idibia

Tubaba stands in the first place on the list of Top 20 most popular Musicians from Africa.

He’s Popularly known as Tubaba, the Nigerian star musician was born in September 1975. He started his music career with the group Plantashun Boiz.

Tuface now known as Tubaba was born on the 18th of September 1975 in Plateau state, Jos, Nigeria. Idibia is a Nigerian hip hop singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist who has taken the Nigerian music industry to the next level.

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2. Koffi Olomidé

Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba (Soukous) popularly known as Koffi Olomide. He was born on the 13th of July 1956 in Kisangani, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Koffi known as Soukous musician has a degree in Business Economics and a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Paris in France.

Koffi has released more than 30 albums in his music career which has sold millions of copies worldwide. His one of the most popular Musicians from Africa in 2020.

3. Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango

Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango popularly known as Manu Dibango was born on the 12th of December 1933 in Douala, Cameroon. Manu sings mostly jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He loves to play saxophone and vibraphone.

He is one of the most popular Musicians from Africa. One of his hit debuts was, “Soul Makossa” which he sang in 1972.

4. Fally Ipupa N’simba

Fally Ipupa N’simba: His generally known as Fally Ipupa, he was born on the 14th December 1977 in Kinshasa,

the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He’s a singer and a songwriter, guitarist and music producer. Fally Ipupa launch is the first album titled ‘Droit Chemin’ in 2006, in which about 100,000 copies were sold.

5. Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti

Fela or Femi Kuti was born in London, United Kingdom and raised in Lagos, Nigeria on the 16th of June 1962. He’s the first son of Fela Kuti (Afrobeat founder). Femi Kuti looks exactly like his father Fela Kuti.

He collaborated with American artists Mos Defsong in his song ‘Fight to Win’, which is one of the most distinguished Neo-Afrobeat of this season.

6. Awilo Longomba

Awilo is one popular musician who dominated Africa in the early 90s with his Makossa music.

He was born in May 1962 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Awilo Longomba was formerly a drummer before he quite singing in 1995.

His first song is titled “Moto Pamba” which he sang in collaboration with some of his friends then. With his songs still relevant, Awilo is one of the top 20 most popular Musicians from Africa.

7. Khaled Hadj Ibrahim

He’s popularly known as mononym Khaled. He was born in February 1960 in Oran, Algeria. Khaled is the most famous Algerian singer in Africa who sings Rai. He sings Folk music. Khaled made his music debut as a teenager and today is one of Africa’s bestselling artists of all time.

His a well-known music Artist in France with his hit song ‘Didi’ and ‘Aicha’. No doubt, Khaled has sold over 20 million albums, which made him one of the top 20 most popular musicians from Africa.

8. Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR

His professionally known as King Sunny Ade. He was born on the 22nd of September 1946 in Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria.

King Sunny Ade is one of the most influential singers of all time with his juju songs. He’s a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Sunny Ade was signified as one major African pop Artist to first gain international success and recognition. He’s one of the top 20 most popular musicians from Africa.

9. Angelique Kidjo

Her full name is Angelique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo. She was born on 14th July 1960 in Cotonou, Benin.

Angelique Kidjo is a popular singer, songwriter, activist, and one of the most celebrated singers in Africa to date.

Kidjo was referred to as “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine in 2007. She has won both local and international awards. She is a voice for both Human rights and African women.

10. Onyeka Onwenu

She’s a Nigerian born on Singer and Songwriter. She was born on the 1st of January 1952 in Obosi. She worked with NTA as a broadcaster.

Onyeka Onwenu is a social and human rights activist who started a music career in the early 80s.

One of her hit songs is ‘Iyogogo’, ‘Kosi’, ‘Oh Woman and more’ and a lot more. She’s one of the top 20 most popular musicians from Africa.

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11. Youssou N’dour

His a popular musician, songwriter, composer, politician, and businessman. He was born on the 1st of October 1959 in Dakar, Senegal.

Rolling Stone Magazine described him as one of the most famous singers living in Senegal in 2004.

Youssou N’Dour is one unique singer in Africa, he emerges as the minister of Tourism in Senegal from 2012 to September 2013. He’s arguably the richest musician all-time in Africa.

12. Salif Keita

His popular afro-pop musicians with great influence on Africa music. Born on August 25, 1949, in Djoliba.

Salif Keita is one of the founding fathers of Afro-pop in Africa, and he was not supported by his people when he wanted to start singing because they were expecting something better from a Prince-like him.

13. Wizkid/Wizman

Who’s full Name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun is professionally called Wizkid. He was born on the 16th of July 1990 in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.

Wizkid is a popular singer and a songwriter commonly called Star Boy. He started singing at the age of 11. It was noted that 2016 emerges star boy’s best year with the in turn of relevant Achievements that year.

Wizkid has grown to be a notable hip-hop star in Nigeria and Africa. His one of the most influential music Artists in Africa with international recognition following his collaborations with Drake and some other top US-based musicians.

14. Diamond Platnumz

His full name is Nasibu Abdul Juma, born on October 2, 1989, in Tandale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Diamond Platnumz is a singer, dancer, and a businessman, he’s one of the most famous and top 20 most popular musicians from Africa.

Diamond Platnumz had gained the heart of many Africa music lovers with one of his hit titled “Number One” which made him collabo with a Nigerian hip-hop Artiste named Davido Adeleke.

Among several, he has won different kinds of major awards including a Channel O and the HiPipo Music Awards in his music career.

15. Oumou Sangare

She’s one of African best when it comes to music. Oumon was born in February 1968 in Bamako, Mali.

She’s one of the most Celebrated female musicians in Africa after winning the Malian Wassoulou musician Grammy Award. People referred to her as “The Songbird of Wassoulou.”

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