Africa. A nation of pure beauty, diversity and gloriously rich in talent.

When African artists make noise, the world turns its ears to the “Motherland” and pays very, very close attention.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 hottest African artists to listen to:

1. Youngsta

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Cape Town’s very own. He has been making a name for himself ever since his explosion on the scene and is HOT property in South Africa and Africa.

His music projects a raw and honest depiction of Cape Town. He is complete fire and only needs a pair of “takkies” to start flowing through the beat like a beast.

He is bars on bars insane and he keeps it coming. He is the hottest rapper in Cape Town and above all, he represents.

He is so talented that between 2010 and 2011, he released 24 mix tapes. You may begin the slow clap. And he has opened for the likes of Lil Wayne and Talib Kweli.

His hits include “Salutas”, “flowing through my DNA” and “Takkies”.

2. Davido

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He is regarded as one of the top artists in Africa.

The Nigerian sensation has been ripping up stages ever since his breakout in 2011 with “Dami Duro” and the release of his debut album “Omo Baba Olowa”.

It’s not hard to see why this artist is so highly regarded. He has already collaborated with the likes of Meek Mill, Ice Prince and Mafikizolo.

He also has his own record Label (HKN Music), which he co-owns with his brother (Adewale Adeleke) and he is also signed to Sony Music.

His hits include “Skelewu”, “Dumi Duro” and “Fans Mi ft Meek Mill”.

3. Wizkid

He hails from Nigeria and makes noise (the good kind) wherever he goes.

He was also ranked 5th in 2013 by Forbes and as Channel O’s Top Richest/Bankable African Artist.

He is mostly famous for the number one hit song, ft Drake, One Dance. The song went on to reach number one in 15 countries, during its release in 2016.

His hits include ‘One Dance- Ft Drake and Daddy Yo’.

4. Cassper Nyovest

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Another one of the South African’s raising the bar in the African music industry.

He is well-known in Africa and makes waves every time he is handed a microphone.

His hit song, “Mama I Made it” peaked at number one on the iTunes South African chart and he has collaborated with the likes of Talib Kweli, the hit song “Doc Shebeleza”.

5. AKA


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He is among the baddest of the bad in the rapping game.

He is not known as “the Prince of South African Rap” for nothing; he truly lives up to it. He is classy but when he is handed a microphone he will spit fire.

He has opened stages for the likes of Big Sean, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg.

His hits include “Baddest- ft Khuli Chana, Yanga and Burna Boy” and “the world is yours”.

6. Khuli Chana

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He is considered the best hip-hop artist in South Africa.

Once Khuli Chana was shot at by the police after being mistaken for a criminal. Nine shots were fired, but Chana walked away from it with his life.

His albums that gained him success is ‘MotswakOriginator’ and ‘Lost in time’.

7. Nasty C


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He is a part of the new breed in the African music industry.

He is the youngest recipient of an award at the 2015 South African Hip Hop Awards.

He has featured on hits which include most of Africa’s elite, such as Davido and Cassper Noyvest.

8. Babes Wodumo

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Born and raised in South Africa, Wodumo has gone on to make a name for herself.

She danced into the limelight after her feature in the Big Nuz’s track “Tsege Tsege”.

Her viral hit single ‘Wololo’ is what really got Africa listening and we can only expect the best from Babes.

9. Teckno Miles

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He is an all round performer.

He was noticed after he remixed Ice Prince’s “Oleku” and received a standing ovation for it.

His song “Duro” was produced by Dj Coublon.

It topped several charts in Nigeria and on the international scene peaked at #5 on Capital EXTRA’s “Afrobeats Chart: Top 10” for September 2015.

10. Tiwa Savage


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She is a goddess.

She co-wrote the track “Collard Greens and Cornbread”, which went on to receive a Grammy nomination.

She has won a whole host of awards. Awards which include one MTV Africa Music Award, two Headies Awards and one Channel O Music Award, which is only a few to mention.

She is also signed to famous music labels such as Roc Nation, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, 323 Entertainment and Marvin Records.

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