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Celebrating African Artists

By QMResLifeEni 04 Oct 2023

Fela Kuti famously said, ‘Music is a spiritual thing, you don’t play with music’. Nigerians and many other Africans have a deep appreciation for music, and it is an integral part of our culture, it’s a way we celebrate life. In honour of Black History Month, I have curated some fascinating facts about five African artists and their most popular songs as well as some of my personal favourites. I hope you have the chance to listen to some of the recommended songs and join us in celebrating this important month! 

Name: Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti 
Other names: Fela, Abami Eda (‘My Immortal’), Father of Afrobeats 
Country: Nigeria 
Did you know? 

  • Fela has been nominated for the Rock and Roll: Hall of Fame 

  • His last name ‘Anikulapo-Kuti’ means ‘one who carries death in his pouch’ 

  • He performed At Glastonbury in 1984 

Name: Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo 
Other names: Angélique 
Country: Benin 
Did you know? 

  • She sang during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games 

  • On top of the 5 languages she's fluent in, she has her own language. 

  • She is a 4-time GRAMMY-winner 

My recommended songs: 
We We 

Name: Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (AKA Wizkid) 
Other names: IB-boy, Ayodeji 
Country: Nigeria 
Did you know? 

  • His concert at the O2 in 2021 was sold out in 12 minutes 

  • He started recording music at 11 years old 

  • He is the first African to receive 7 billboard nominations. 

Name: Tiwatope Savage 
Other names: Tiwa 
Country: Nigeria 
Did you know? 

  • She auditioned for the X-Factor in 2006 

  • She was the first Nigerian Artist to perform at the Royal coronation of King Charles III 

  • She received an honorary degree for career in Music  from the University of Kent  

My recommended songs: 
Who Is Your Guy? 

Name: Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (AKA Burna Boy) 
Other names: African Giant, Oluwa Burna 
Country: Nigeria 
Did you know? 

  • His grandfather was known as being the first manager of Fela Kuti 

  • He started making music at the age of 10 

  • His name Burna boy was inspired by a superhero 

Some honourable mentions: 





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QMResLifeEni Hi! I’m Eni, one of the Residential Life Officers. I studied at Queen Mary and worked as a Residential Assistant within the Residential Services department. If you see me at any of our events come and say hello and if you have any questions, I am always happy to answer them and help!
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