In a recently published list by American business magazine, Forbes, shows Nigerian and South African artists dominating the Top 20 artists in Africa.
According to Capital FM, Nigerian and South African acts like Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Nasty C and Casper Nyovest stole the spotlight. Tanzanian superstars Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny are the only East African exports featuring on the list. The Multi-talented Fally Ipupa hailing from Congo is the only artist from Central Africa.
According to a feature story on the Forbes Africa website, “These creators have taken everything from Amapiano to Afrobeats and told the African growth story, in decibels that have made the world sit up. Even as more Grammy Awards find a home on the continent, these to 20 musical artists are on the track to deliver more.”
“Afrobeats has grown significantly on Spotify. In South Africa, Amapiano started out as an underground genre where music was shared amongst artists and producers via applications such as WhatsApp,” added Forbes Africa.
“It is clear that African music is getting the recognition it deserves and the continent’s distinctive sounds are taking the world by storm, this includes Amapiano, Afropop, Afrobeat, Gengetone and more. Africa is one of the fastest-growing music markets in the world and there is an increased demand for our music,” Phiona Okumu, Head of Music for sub-Saharan Africa at Spotify told Forbes Africa.
Africa’s top 20 musicians of 2022 according to Forbes Africa are:
1. Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
2. Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
3. Davido (Nigeria)
4. Master KG (South Africa)
5. Major League DJz (South Africa)
6. Nasty C (South Africa)
7. Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
8. Wizkid (Nigeria)
9. KDDO (Nigeria)
10. Burna Boy (Nigeria)
11. Rayvanny (Tanzania)
12. Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
13. Fally Ipupa (Congo)
14. DJ Maphorisa (South Africa)
15. Lira (South Africa)
16. Mr. Eazy (Nigeria)
17. 2Face Idibia/2Baba (Nigeria)
18. Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
19. Lebo M (South Africa)
20. Black Coffee (South Africa)