Top 15 Internationally Acclaimed Music Artists from Africa

Updated: Aug 9, 2018

The roles of music and dance are tightly woven together in African society, and music intersects with every aspect of life. By helping mark the important moments in life, music helps to underscore the divine and eternal value of human life. Evolutionary scientists believe that a musical culture would have helped prehistoric human species to survive because the music coordinates emotions, helps important messages to be communicated, motivates people to identify with a group, and motivates individuals to support other group members. We can agree that music is a universal language and has brought people together from all works of life.

Living Legend, Youssou N'dour

  1. Youssou N'dour

Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman, and politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine described him as, "perhaps the most famous singer alive" in Senegal and much of Africa. From April 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism. Youssou started singing at age 14 and was touring The Gambia by age 17. He helped develop and popularize a Senegalese music style known in the Serer language as mbalax, which derives from the conservative