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AFRICA MUSIC LEGENDS
The revolution of Africa sound becomes a reality every day by day as a result of the wild saturation of talented humans in the globe today. Firms and Tech. organizations have placed a cognizance attention on the great talent bridging the gap between Africa and others. Across the continent, Africa musicians have been identified as legends that cannot be erase in history. Below are the list of top Africa musicians who have impacted the world with their music.
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Often referred to as Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba is truly the most popular female artist to come out of Africa. Her music dealt with the socio-political plight of South Africans under Apartheid and defined the very sound of South African music. She was a Grammy winner and is recognised all over the world for signature sound and stage performances.
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Renowned for his high octane performances, Fela Kuti is acclaimed to be the greatest African artists to have ever lived. He was a multi-instrumentalist, musician, political activist, composer and the pioneer of the music genre known as Afrobeat. Rising to fame in the 70s with his band 'The Afrika '70 he was popular for singing in Yoruba his native tongue and Pidgin English which could be enjoyed by people all over Africa.
YOUSSOU N DOUR
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Senegalese singer & percussionist, Youssou N dour was born in the busy city of Dakar. He is one of the pioneers of the popular music style known in Wolof as Mbalax. As a celebrated singer, songwriter, and composer he is regarded very highly internationally. His fusion of Mbalex with Cuban, Latin, Hip-hop, and elements of pop has earned him an international following.
KING SUNNY ADE
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Born to a royal family in Ondo, Nigeria, King Sunny Ade is quite literally music royalty. Popularly known for playing juju music, a popular form of Nigerian music by the 80s. His band King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, a Pan African collective, touring across Africa and gaining popularity in the US and Europe. Ade was the first person to introduce the pedal steel guitar to Nigerian pop music.
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Lucky Dube was a South African reggae musician from Johannesburg. He is credited for being the father of African reggae music. Discovering his musical talents at a young age he joined his cousin’s band at the age of 18. They later renamed the band ‘Lucky Dube & The Supersoul’ and produced their first album. Supersoul was later dropped from the name and Lucky Dube went on to produce several hit albums.
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A two time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter & activist from Benin. She is noted for her diverse musical influences & creative music videos that has earned her the title of ‘The greatest livening African Diva’.
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Emmanuel Tettey Mensah, best known as E.T Mensah a multi-instrumental Ghanaian musician who is revered as the "King of Highlife" music. His band the 'The Tempos' were the toast of Ghana's nightlife in the 50s and they would tour widely across West Africa. They also had the honour of playing for the president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, on several occasions.