Zambia: Emeli Sande

I’m pretty sure that Emeli Sande needs no introduction. The musician and songwriter is from Scotland, but did you know she was born to a Zambian father? She has written for a wide range of stars, from Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Gabrielle to Leona Lewis. And what’s more, she’s got hits to her own name –…

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Rwanda: That Girl From Africa

If you love electro-pop and alternative beats, then you’ll surely love Rwandan artist Iyadede, a.k.a That Girl from Africa. Here album was one of the first that I ever bothered to listen to on Bandcamp. In fact, I totally agree with this description of Iyadede by mtviggy. I couldn’t have said it better myself! “Drawing…

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Malawi: Pictures on Silence

I recently found Malawi music producer, Atu, via Okay Africa and I’m pleased to say his work is one of the loveliest surprises I’ve had this year! I’m not entirely sure what genre his beats are because even though it’s supposed to be Hip-Hop, it’s done with a difference. Either way, they’re beautiful. ‘Ethereal’ is a…

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Guinea Bissau: Guiné Na Mundo Fora

Eneida Marta is a prominent singer from Guinea Bissau. She has released three successful albums sung in Guinea-Bissau Creole and Portuguese. In fact, she speaks and sings in nine native languages –  Fula, Biafada, Bijago, Mandjak, Mankanya, Futa Fula, Balanta, Papel and Mandinga! Marta is well known for infusing her roots into each song; from…

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Equitorial Guinea: Buika

Concha Buika is a Spanish singer who hails from Equitorial Guinea. Growing up away from home, she was the only African in her neighbourhood, but that did not stop her from imbibing her African roots and culture. Even now, several of her albums have been inspired by her African roots. I dare say that Buika…

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Benin: Africa’s Premier Diva

I’ve heard from so many people that if you must buy only one West African artists’ CD, it should be Angélique Kidjo, the acclaimed musician from Benin Republic. Kidjo has really made Africa proud with her music – she was called ‘Africa’s premier diva’ by Time Magazine and BBC named her in the top 50 most…

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