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    Precious Chiamaka
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      For years, African countries have not been recognized on an international level in terms of music. However, in recent times, we have seen how African musicians and their music have been gaining much-deserved recognition, both at home and abroad. This has helped spread the African music wave across the globe. More and more African music is being streamed on different platforms around the globe on a daily basis. This is a thing of pride for us as Africans, and we would be sharing the top African countries that have been producing the best music.

      1. Nigeria

       

      Nigeria is famous for being Africa’s music capital. Nigerians love art, music, and entertainment, so unsurprisingly, they make the best music. Therefore, African music cannot be discussed without mentioning Nigerian music.

      Over the years, mainstream Nigerian music has evolved, but the majority of it is still an extension of Afro-beats. Nigerian musicians have mastered the art of blending Afrobeats with other music genres to create what is known as Afro-fusion. It has a powerful vocal range and instrumentation.

       

      You’ll undoubtedly dance to afro-fusion music. Some of Nigeria’s best-known Afrobeat singers include the Late Fela Kuti, Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Olamide, AG Baby, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Fireboy, Mr. Eazi, Mayorkun, Timaya, Kiss Daniel, M.I Abaga, Joeboy, etc. Additionally, Nigeria is home to one of the best recording studios on the continent, which offers popular African music a sizable market.

       

      2. South Africa

      South Africa is another country with the best music in Africa.  The country’s music is the most distinct of all African music styles because you can tell it’s South African just by listening to it.

       

      Marabi, Kwaito, and Amapiano seem to be breaking more into the mainstream media recently among the many genres of South African music.

       

      Amapiano is danceable music with a strong rhythm. It is what you will typically hear in clubs and dance halls in South Africa. It is such a beautiful, exciting, and addictive sound that other countries are beginning to infuse it into their music. For instance, Nigerian artists have begun to experiment with Amapiano in Afrobeat.

       

      The most captivating aspect of South African music is the way it encourages expressive dancing. Reason why songs like Jerusalem have gone viral.

       

      South African artists also explore other contemporary genres like rap and reggae. Some top artists include Lucky Dube, Nasty-C, Hugh Masekela, Rebecca Malope, Brenda Fassie,etc.

       

      They also have some of the continent’s best DJs, including AKA, Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest, and DJ Maphorisa.

       

      3. Ghana

      Ghana is one of the countries that makes the best music on the continent. Their music represents African rhythm and style and it is heavily influenced by the country’s culture and history.

       

      Ghanaian artists have made significant success in genres of music like highlife, rap, hip-hop and also afrobeat.

       

      Some of the popular artists in Ghana are, Sarkodie, Kwami Eugene, Fuse ODG, Kidi, Shatta Wale, and many others.

       

      Ghana has given the world viral dance moves and hit songs like “Touch it by Kidi,” “No Fugazi by Sarkodie,” and “Dollar on You by Kwami Eugene,” among many others.

       

      4. Kenya

       

      Kenyan music is becoming increasingly popular throughout Africa. Their music industry is fast growing, and it is filled with talented artists like Sauti Sol, Akothee, Daddy Owen, Khaligraph Jones, and many others .

       

      Kenyan music, like that of other countries, has evolved over time.  Music ranging from traditional to contemporary is represented. It’s broad and heavy on instrumentation, particularly the guitar.

       

      Benga music, also known as Kenyan pop, is popular in areas such as Lake Victoria and its surrounding areas.

       

      It has a strong influence from local music from Congo and surrounding regions. Benga music has a rhythm that makes it easy to dance to; in Kenyan clubhouses, it’s not unusual to see people catching the rave and moving to Benga.

       

      Kenya has contributed significantly to African music.

       

      5. The Democratic Republic of Congo

       

      Music has evolved so much in Congo over the years that Congolese music has become quite popular and influential across Africa.

       

      People outside Africa frequently refer to contemporary Congolese music as Soukous, a name given to a popular dance in Congo, though this name does not fully describe Congolese music.

       

      Congolese music is diverse and rich. However, among the many types of music performed in the country, the Congolese Lingala Rumba is the most popular.It features heavy instrumentation and vocal ability. You’ll definitely dance.

       

      Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has had a greater impact on modern African culture than any other city, whether through soukous, rumba, Zairois, Congo music, or kwassa-kwassa, the capital’s pop sound. one of Africa’s most popular musicians is Faly Ipupa from Congo. He has significantly influenced the popularity of contemporary music in the DRC and all of Africa.

       

      Some popular Congolese musicians are,  late Papa Wemba, Kofi Olomide, Awilo Logomba, and other Rhumba musicians.

       

      6. Tanzania

       

      Tanzanian music has a lot in common with Ghanaian and Nigerian music. Bongo Flava and Afrobeat are the most popular music genres here. Bongo Flava is mid-tempo music that will have you bobbing your head as you get into it.

       

      However, If you prefer to live life on the fast track, you will appreciate singeli, a new type of music popular among younger generations that features 200 to 300 beats per second.

       

      Tanzanian afrobeat is quite similar to Nigerian afrobeat. Tanzanians appear to be just getting started with the genre, and they’re doing a fantastic job of it.

      One of Tanzania’s most prominent Afrobeat singers is Diamond Platinumz , whose music is heard worldwide. He is currently Tanzania’s most successful musician. Ravanny, Harmoniz, Lady Jaydee, and others are also notable African music stars.

       

      7. Ivory Coast

       

      Ivorian artists are diverse and talented individuals. They are experts at fusing music from various cultures around the world.

       

      The sound of Ivorian music is very similar to that of Congolese music.  Alloucou is the most popular music genre in Ivory Coast, which consists of heavy instrumentation. Alloucou is the most popular music genre in Ivory Coast. Coupe Decale is another popular genre that is strikingly similar to Congolese music.

       

      Some popular Ivory Coast musicians include Alpha Blondy, Dobet Gnahore, and others.

       

      Josey, Kaaris, Ariel Sheney, and a slew of other renowned Ivory Coast performers have all contributed to the growing popularity of Afrobeat or Afropop.

       

      8. Cameroon

       

      If you are a lover of African music, music from Cameroon should appeal to you. The most popular genre of music in Cameroon is Makossa.

       

      Some of their well known artists include Fhish, Mr. Leo, Manu Dibango, Richard Bona, Francis Bebey, Sam Fan Thomas and Mimie.  Zangalewa is Cameroon’s best hit.

       

      Today, the country is bursting at the seams with new young talent who, influenced by global trends, perform a mash-up of contemporary rhythms ranging from Soul to Rhythm and Blues, House to Jazz, and Hip-hop.

       

      9. Uganda

       

      Ugandan music has come a long way despite being unable to produce an international hit so far. They produce more dance hall music compared to any other genre. Some talented artists such as Bebe Cool, have shown creativity by creating a hybrid of dance hall and afrobeat known as Kidandali. If you prefer dancehall music, check out artists like Eddy Kenzo, Slick Stuart, and Roja.

       

      Some other Ugandan  music stars are Babaluku, Bataka Squad,, Bobi Wine, Bosmic Otim.

       

      10. Angola

       

      Angola is popular for making the best hip-hop in africa. Their music is amazing, and they seem to be exploring hip-hop music in new forms that haven’t been seen before.

       

      Music and dancing are very significant in Angola’s daily life. Going through history, you’ll learn that music had a major influence in their fight for independence.

       

      Semba, a type of Angolan folk music, can be enjoyed by anyone. This music is thought to have originated from Samba.

       

      Kuduro, a newer type of music, is also very enjoyable. It combines a variety of Angola’s musical genres.

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