Ten African music stars to look out for in 2021

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By Princess Irede Abumere & DJ Edu
BBC Information

Nigerian Omah Lay and South African Elaine

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picture captionNigerian Omah Lay (L) and South African Elaine (R) are set to make an even bigger impression in 2021

2021 ought to be one other bumper yr for African music.

We have taken a take a look at who’s innovating by way of model and sound, in addition to who’s exploring new genres, to give you our checklist of who to be careful for:

Elaine (South Africa)

Elaine is quick claiming her spot as one of many golden R&B voices from the continent.

On this period when many singers resort to auto tune, the 21-year-old stays true to her actual voice.

She signed to US label Columbia data final August which ought to see her construct on strong foundations.

Elaine captured followers along with her authenticity and her 2019 track referred to as You are the One. This noticed her change into probably the most streamed artists in South Africa.

Her debut EP Parts was a robust introduction showcasing her hypnotic voice, stuffed with memorable lyrics about love and relationships over trap-soul and R&B.

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Fik Fameica (Uganda)

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Fik Fameica, also referred to as Contemporary Boy, is without doubt one of the most attention-grabbing rappers popping out of East Africa proper now.

The rapper made his first look on the music scene in late 2017 with the one Kutama.

The 24-year-old steers away from typical mainstream Ugandan music and experiments together with his sound that has been influenced by reggae.

Fik Fameica is breaking divisions and connecting with many younger folks by means of his music and has already scored collaborations with well-known artists from throughout Africa, together with Patoranking, Vanessa Mdee and Joeboy.

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Gaz Mawete (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Gaz Mawete got here onto the scene in 2018 with Olingi Nini, a simple, heat and melodic tune, and he rose to prominence on the earth of Francophone music.

The Congolese dancer, who grew to become recognized at dwelling after collaborating in expertise contests, has collaborated with music royalty, together with Fally Ipupa, who appeared on C’est Raté. Mawete additionally featured on Dadju’s album Poison ou Antidote.

Mawete has a launch pad for 2021 after being nominated final yr within the Greatest African Act class eventually yr’s MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Kabza De Small (South Africa)

Kabza De Small has made fairly an impression since he first began releasing music in 2016.

The DJ and file producer is tagged the King of Amapiano, a style originating in South Africa. His signature is melodic, energetic, welcoming and contagious music.

Kabza De Small has change into a champion of a sound that crosses over into different African international locations and is gaining acceptance the world over.

His affect may be heard in tracks recorded throughout the continent and that was recognised when he was nominated in MTV Europe’s Greatest African Act class final yr.

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KiDi (Ghana)

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KiDi, a part of a brand new technology of Ghanaian artists, had his breakthrough second when his recording Sugar received album of the yr on the 2020 Ghana music awards.

The singer’s youthful Afrobeats and Highlife sound makes his music accessible to folks past Ghana’s borders.

In 2020, KiDi’s track Say Cheese, from his Blue EP, gained the musician worldwide prominence after American singer Teddy Riley collaborated with him on the remix.

The 27-year-old has additionally collaborated with different West African artists, together with Davido and Mr Eazi.

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Omah Lay (Nigeria)

Omah Lay caught our consideration following the discharge of his track Dangerous Affect.

Together with his enchanting voice and nicely outlined sound over a mixture of Afrobeats, Afrofusion and soul, the quick rising artist has positioned himself as one to look at.

He’s additionally main the pack of latest faculty artists from Nigeria and has labored with American singer and rapper 6lack.

Final yr Omah Lay had a worrying few days after he was detained in Uganda for allegedly breaking coronavirus rules, however an enormous social media marketing campaign for his launch was testimony to his rising reputation.

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Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)

Sha Sha is a gifted singer with a soulful sound, which she debuted on her 2019 EP Blossom.

The Zimbabwean born singer’s stirring voice comes on sturdy over Amapiano sounds, which she opts for and this units her aside.

Sha Sha was listed as one of many prime 10 most streamed feminine artists on Spotify in South Africa in 2020 whereas her single Tender Love that includes DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small was listed as probably the most streamed songs.

Final yr she additionally received Greatest New Worldwide Act on the BET Awards.

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Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)

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Together with her candy voice, Soraia Ramos is exploring themes of affection and relationships with lyrics in Portuguese and typically Creole.

She has given kizomba a refreshing twist, typically infusing it with components of hip-hop and R&B.

The Cape Verdean singer is at the moment making waves along with her single O Nosso Amor collectively launched with Calema in addition to the remix of her single Bai with Lisandro.

On YouTube her music movies for each the unique model of Bai and the remix have greater than 15 million views.

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Tems (Nigeria)

Commanding consideration with the discharge of her 2019 single Attempt Me, Tems is a Nigerian singer-songwriter on the rise.

Famend for her highly effective voice, her music is layered over an infectious sound accentuated with components of soul, hip-hop and R&B.

There is a sure freedom that comes along with her lyrics emphasising that the artist is in management.

With the discharge of her EP For Damaged Ears, Tems is constructing a fan base that stretches past Nigeria and the continent.

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Zuchu (Tanzania)

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As an upcoming artist, Zuchu’s progress has been phenomenal.

The singer performs in Swahili and English and is keen on experimenting with the Tanzanian style Bongo Flava. Final yr noticed the singer releasing her debut EP I Am Zuchu and she or he additionally signed to Diamond Platnumz’ file label WCB Wasafi.

In keeping with the BoomPlay streaming app, her EP was probably the most performed album in Tanzania in 2020, and her music movies have gathered hundreds of thousands of views on You Tube.

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