AFROBEAT MUSIC: THE MOST POPULAR ARTISTS
Afrobeats has become one of the most eclectic genres in contemporary music. The currency is Afrobeats (with an ‘s’), similar to Afrobeat popularized by Fela Kuti in the 1970s, but it stands out with its modern origins and flavor. Afrobeats isn’t a style on its own; it’s a mix of everything from highlife, hip-hop, R&B, rap, and everything in between.
Here are 10 Afrobeats artists making waves and leaving an indelible mark on the African continent and the world with their music and art.
Afrobeat songs, the most famous artists
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid or Big Wiz, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular musicians. He gained international recognition in 2016 after collaborating with Drake on “One Dance”, which topped charts in 15 countries, including the US Billboard Hot 100.
Over a decade later, Wizkid has collaborated with many other stars, including Beyoncé on “Brown Skin Girl” which won a Grammy for Best Music Video at the 63rd Grammy Awards. “Essence” is part of the “Made In Lagos” album released in 2020.
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TemsTemilade Openiyi, relatively new to the music scene, has shown that quality matters more than time. After successful collaborations with Wizkid, Justin Bieber, and Future, Tems continues to produce incredible sounds for fans worldwide. With her unique voice, she blends African, American, and Caribbean sounds, carving a niche in the Afrobeats genre. She recently won the BET Award for Best International Performance and Best Collaboration.
Ebunoluwa Damini Ogulu, aka “Afrofusionist”, has significantly contributed to advancing Afrobeats globally. His fourth studio album, “African Giant”, was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Burna Boy won a Grammy for Best Global Music Album with “Twice as Tall” at the 62nd Grammy Awards. His latest album, “Love, Damini”, is topping charts and airwaves.
DavidoDavid Adedeji Adeleke, a Nigerian-American songwriter, singer, and Afrobeats star, has collaborated with superstars like Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Baby. With hits like “Dami Duro”, “Fall”, “Assurance”, and the recent “Stand Strong” featuring Ye’s Sunday Service choir, Davido continues to create consecutive hits.
Fireboy DMLFireboy DML, with his impressive track record of hit songs, especially the festive season sensation “Peru,” featuring Ed Sheeran, dominated UK charts for weeks.
CKay’s 2019 hit “Love Nwantiti” became a global sensation on TikTok in 2021, surpassing other popular tracks. The song gained over 15 billion views on TikTok.
Tiwatope Savage, dubbed the Queen of Afrobeats, rose to prominence with her albums “Celia” and “Water and Garri”, achieving success on various streaming platforms.
Oluwatobiloba Daniel Akinugbe, popularly known as Kizz Daniel, is a hitmaker with songs like “Woju” and “Yeba”. His latest single, “Buga”, is currently the most-played song globally.
Mohammed Ismail Sherif Frempong, professionally known as Black Sherif, is a Ghanaian Afrobeats artist. His song “Kwaku the Traveler” held the top spot on major streaming platforms.
Rema’s music transcends Africa, bringing Afrobeats to the forefront of global discourse. From his viral freestyle in 2018 to hits like “Bad Commando” and “Calm Down”, Rema has left an international impact