List Of African Artists
Famous Singers And Musicians From Across Africa

This growing list of famous African artists, singers, drummers and musicians will help you find great music that you'll enjoy. Follow the links for details on the artists and where to find their best records:


The American R&B star with Senegalese roots is hugely popular not only in the West, but in African cities and even rural villages.

Amadou & Mariam

The blind couple mixes traditional Mali music with acoustic guitar, Egyptian, Cuban or Eastern sounds and even rock or electro.

Baaba Maal

Baaba is one of (if not the) greatest artists in Senegal. Through his music, he educates his people and enchants us Westerners.

Ba Cissoko

Traditional kora music interpreted by this group of young artists. Very African, but easy to appreciate for us Westerners.

Bassekou Kouyate

The skillful hands of this master turn the sweet, raw sound of the guitar-like instrument ngoni into groovy desert blues music.

Bisso Na Bisso

When French hip hop artists honor their African roots, the result is an urban exotic, upbeat sound, that sparks of positive vibes.

Bolokaka Conde

This is authentic African djembe and dun dun drumming, performed and taught by a master, a traditional "djembefola".

Dobet Gnahore
(Ivory Coast)

The temperament, energy, mystery and grace of the whole continent is injected into this amazing singer and dancer.

Koffi Olomide
(Kongo Kinshasa)

Koffi's highly danceable and sensual tcha-tcho music (a sub-form of soukous) is the perfect choice for a hot summer party night.

Ladysmith Black Mambaso
(South Africa)

This all-male a cappella choir is legendary: Calm and gentle voices, stunning dance moves and a message of peace and love.

Lucky Dube
(South Africa)

Lucky has taken African reggae music to another level with sensible, intelligent songs and his unique, melodious voice.

Miriam Makeba
(South Africa)

Legendary Mama Africa brought African music to the West. African classics, jazz and traditional songs in the Xhosa "click" language.

Mustapha Tettey Addy

Master Drummer and promoter of kpanlogo music represents the wealth and wisdom of traditional Ghanaian drumming and healing.


These internationally known Nigerian twins produce some of the finest African dance music for a perfect night out in the clubs.

Salif Keita

"The golden voice of Africa" is one of the greatest talents the continent ever produced. His voice and beats are unforgettable. A humble star.

Soweto Gospel Choir
(South Africa)

The greatest talents of Soweto will touch your soul and lift your spirit with their stirring, awakening African gospel songs.

Youssou N'Dour

One of the greatest African artists and father of mbalax: Griot praise singing and traditional sabar beats with world class format.

Ali Farka Touré
Alpha Blondy
Angélique Kidjo
Blick Bassy
Brenda Fassie
Cesarea Evora
Fatoumata Diawara
Fela Kuti
Femi Kuti
Habib Koité
Hugh Masekela
Ismaël Lo

King Sunny Ade
Kojo Antwi
Lokua Kanza
Matias Damasio
Oumou Sangaré
Paulo Flores
Papa Wemba
Rocky Dawuni
Rokia Traoré

Sékouba Bambino
Seun Kuti
Tabanka Djaz
Tiken Jah Fakoly
Toumani Diabaté
Vieux Farka Touré
Vusi Mahlasela
2face Idibia

and countless more

Of course, countless other great African artists deserved to be on this list and will be added gradually.

African Artists Submitted By Others

Click below to see the profiles that others have submitted:

Mamady Keita - Master Djembe Player from Guinea 
Sometimes called the "Master of Masters", Mamady Keita was born in 1950 in the small village of Balandougou, Guinea, West Africa. He has become one of …

Black Prophet and Thunder Strike Band 
Black Prophet is a gifted African reggae singer from Ghana. His unique, harmonious reggae beat combined with a glamorous African cadence offers a very …

Fely Tchaco Not rated yet
Fely Tchaco is an independent artist, singer, songwriter and dancer from Cote d'Ivoire West Africa. She infuses African music with modern and western …


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