Seven rising African artistes to look out for in 2020
Jan. 09, 2020
Fast-rising Nigerian rapper, Afrobeats singer, songwriter and model, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, is definitely on the path to success. The youngster, signed by Mavin Records owned by record label executive, Don Jazzy, shockingly made Barack Obama ’s summer playlist with his song “Iron Man”.
In June 2019, Rema made history as the first Nigerian artiste to debut five top songs on Apple Music with songs off his Extended Play (EP), ‘Rema’.
The songs are ‘Boulevard’, ‘American Love’, ‘Spiderman’, ‘Trap out the Submarine’ and ‘Dumebi’.
Muzi (South Africa)
Starting off as a producer, Muzi is one of the leading voices behind South Africa’s electric scene. His combination of Afrobeat, hip-hop, electronic music, and other genres earned him critical acclaim and ended up with top names, Diplo and Damon Albarn. He is definitely on our radar for the new year.
He is known for hits like Good Vibes Only and black girl magic anthem, ‘Zulu Walker.”
Kelvyn Boy (Ghana)
Kelvyn Boy has grown in the industry in Ghana since he was introduced by his mentor, Stonebwoy.
Since then, he has blossomed with back-to-back hits including, last year’s, MEA . Some say he sounds like Nigeria’s Wizkid.
Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Congolese singer, rapper and song-writer, Innoss’B is particularly known as a skilled djembe player. Growing up in a home of music lovers, his unique style and dance moves make him a sight to behold.
The 22-year-old dances alongside his own drum.
His collaboration with Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz has made him a household name. The video, so far has received over 14 million views on Youtube.
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Winner of the BET Best New International Act for 2019, South Africa’s, Sho Madjozi has the ability to sing and rap in several languages. Her break-out song, named after American Wrestler, John Cena generated excitement across the globe after its release.
Brian Nadra (Kenya)
A talented Kenyan singer and songwriter, Nadra has established himself as a known face in East Africa’s pop culture. With his unique style, he is able to move into the reggae and hip-hop genre.
His debut single, Leo, released in 2017, has put him on the map. He describes his music as “an urban sound from a smartphone era centered around a millennial culture”.
The Nigerian act sounds like Reekado Banks and Korede Bello, according to music lovers. A versatile act who is signed to Don Jazzy’s, Mavin Records, he has been described as the new face of Afrobeats with street experience.
He merges elements of pop, afro-oriented sound, Latino music, and Caribbean sounds into his artistry. The riches in lustre that can be felt in his music is why he is called, ‘Crayon.’
Despite not hitting the mark with his 2019 EP, Cray Cray , he is one of the talented folks to look out for this year.
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