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Eniola's Blog: Celebrating African Artists

By RAEniola 24 Oct 2021

This Black History Month, I wanted to celebrate some of the most influential and recognised African artists.

I've pulled together some interesting facts about five artists and some of their most famous songs, plus a few of my favourites too! Music is one of the ways we celebrate life and I really hope you get a chance to listen to some of the recommended songs and celebrate Black History Month with us!

“Music is a spiritual thing; you don’t play with music”- Fela Kuti

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

My recommended songs:
Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
2000 Blacks Got to be free
I.T.T (International Thief Thief)

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:
Agolo
Batonga
We We



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

  • His concert at the O2 sold out in 12 minutes
  • He started recording music at 11 years old
  • He is the first African to receive 7 billboard nominations

My recommended songs:
Ojuelegba
Essence (feat Tems)
Energy (Stay far away) (Feat Skepta)

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

  • She auditioned for the X-Factor in 2006
  • She is described as the top-most influential woman in Nigeria
  • Tiwa is the first African female to sign with Pepsi

My recommended songs:
Koroba
49-99
Love struck (Feat Wstrn and Mr Eazi)

Name: Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (AKA Burna Boy)
Other names: Shotgun
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

My recommended songs:
Jerusalema (feat Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode)
Killing Dem (Zlatan)
Kilometre

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