Famous African Musicians

African music

Youssou N’Dour ©tnarik/Flickr

African music and drum rhythms don’t make it to the international music charts very often. Yet, African music has been one of the most influential musical trends in the history of music, and it is present today in many of the popular songs we listen without even knowing.

Less often than they would actually reserve, African artists reach international fame. Today we will present a few of these famous African musicians, artists who have brought an important contribution to promoting African music. Anyone interested to discover African music can start by listening to these talented artists and their amazing songs:

Miriam Makeba, South Africa

Miriam Makeba was a true legend of African music. Although the South-African artists reached fame in the United States, lived in several countries and traveled everywhere around the world, she was constantly concerned with the political situation in her own country. This is why Makeba was also a civil rights activist, and came to be known as Mama Africa. She knew many famous artists and public figures, performed at numerous charity events and won both a Grammy award and a Peace Prize.

Mama Africa

Miriam Makeba ©tom.beetz/Flickr

Youssou N’Dour, Senegal

Youssou N’Dour was born in Senegal and for a long part of his career the singer adopted a very unique style, known as Mbalax, which is based on traditional Senegalese music. Many consider him to be the biggest Senegalese musician in history. With time, the music of Youssou N’Dour reached popularity outside the borders of Senegal. He is a prolific artists, having so far released over 30 albums and compilations.

African music

Youssou N’Dour ©tnarik/Flickr

Amadou and Mariam, Mali

If you like experimental music, then you will probably fall in love with Amadou and Mariam, a musical duo from Mali. The two artists represent a couple both on the stage and in real life. Their music has strong African roots, but they also play with many other musical styles and genres from all over the world, from traditional Indian music to modern rock.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South Africa

If Miriam Makeba was Mama Africa, then Yvonne Chaka Chaka is certainly the ‘Princess of Africa’. Everyone in South Africa has heard of her and can name at least one of her songs. She sings mainly mbaqanga music, but her catchy tunes make it popular with a wide category of fans. Yvonne Chaka Chaka was a precocious child, and debuted very early in her lifetime as a young TV star.

Chairty event

Ivonne Chaka Chaka ©CPX Interactive/Flickr

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