TOP FIVE AFRICA COUNTRIES THAT PRODUCE BEST MUSIC
The African Continent has over the decades produced soul touching music that has put the continent out there. Great musicians from the African soil have produced music that can keep you on your feet or heal a broken heart.
Some of the favourites, globally recognized African music include Afrobeats, Soul Music, Reggae, Makossa, Funk, Gnawa and many others. Honestly, African music has long been a global phenomenon even before the last two centuries.
But currently, there has been a facelift and most countries that were previously known as musical superpowers in the region have lost their titles to others.
In this article, we take a look at some of the Top African Countries in the Music Industry.
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Nigeria is one of the leading Musical giants from Africa. The musical history of Nigeria boasts of the Legendary Fela Kuti who was a pan-Africanist and pioneer of Afrobeats music.
He has been of great inspiration to many Nigerian musicians. Today, Nigerian music is loved and appreciated globally because of its involvement with Internationally-listed acts.
Nigeria is widely represented in the industry by both genders. Males such as the Granmy-winning pair of Wizkid and Burnaboy, BET Winning Davido, Patoranking, Olamide. Mr Eazi, Flavour and Don Jazzy are all household names across Africa and the world.
Women such as Asa, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Teni, Simi and the rest are also on a level of their own and representing the green and white flag of Nigeria on the International Scenes.
Even in the gospel industry, we’ve had to fall in love with Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Mercy Chinwo and the rest. This makes Nigeria one of the Top African Countries In The Music Industry.
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South Africa has for long been a musical powerhouse in Africa. They have produced some of the greatest global icons in the music industry.
They are known for producing quality contemporary musical vibes with their ear-pleasing languages and beautiful melodies.
The likes of Nasty C, Master KG, DJ Maphorsa, Cassper Nyovest, Mafikizolo and the greats such as Brenda Afasie and Lucky Dube of blessed memory are all popular for their involvement in global music.
One unique thing about South African music is that you can differentiate the sound from that of every other country. They have a special feel of their cultural elements embedded in their music.
If you’ve ever listened to the song ‘Jerusalem’ and you went on a spiritual drive without actually understanding the words, well, that’s South African music for you!
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Ghana was, at some point, the beacon of African music. It is believed the legendary Fela Kuti was in Ghana to learn music even before he became a star and make Nigerian music very popular.
Ghana has, since its independence, had some wonderful musicians who put her on the global maps. The likes of Amakye Dede, Eric Agyeman, E.T Mensah, Papa Yankson handed down a strong legacy to the younger generation who have kept the work moving.
Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Kwabena Kwabena, Kojo Antwi, Efya, Mizvee, Kuami Eugene and all other younger generations of musicians have kept the music afloat for Ghana.
Ghanaian musicians have found inspiration from their native instruments like the talking drum, seperewa, xylophone, azatse, kpanlogo to make music that could mend even a broken heart.
Gospel wise, they’ve had Sonnie Badu, Joe Mettle and others amazingly represent Ghana.
Ghana is one of the top African countries in the music industry
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These people have tremendous success in blending their traditional styles, instruments, rhythms and western music to produce something beautiful.
The Senegalese official language is French which was inherited from the colonial era.
The musically-inclined generations over the decades have shown no fear in expressing themselves in music using the French language.
Senegal is a top African country in the music industry because of the sweat of big arts like MC Solaar, Fatou Guewel, Daara J and the exciting lot.
Their mostly danceable music is appreciated around the globe as it gives an excuse to whine one’s waist.
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Kenya does not just gloat on its scenic landscape and its discipline in preserving its wildlife but good music made in over 40 soothing languages.
There’s the Zanzibar taarab music, the rock and roll and even the funky music that has positioned them as one of the best out there in the African music industry. The loved Afro-pop band Sauti Sol is one of the many blessings from Kenya.
Fena succeeded in being the first female artist to release a consolidated album and received great support also.
Kenya keeps bringing up top musicians every year to challenge the giants from other countries. The likes of Kaligraph Jones, Eric Wainaina, Kansoul, King Kaka and Karu are all living proofs of this assertion.
Every single month or year, Africa makes a big statement on the global music scene with many African artists now collaborating with the big guns in the western world.
It is just about time before Grammy awards become a yearly thing for African artists.
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