Top 10 Artists on Our Radar In 2023
- Pan–Artists artists to keep an eye on in 2023.
- A mix of genres.
- Innovation & experimentation, taking African sounds to the world.
- Breaking YouTube view records – the numbers don’t lie.
@akwaboahmusic – Ghana
Gladstorm Kwabena Akwaboah Jr, aka Akwaboah, is perpetuating the highlife legacy of his legendary father and grandfather. From his Record of the Year win at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for “Matters of the Heart”, to penning the FIFA World Cup™ theme tune for the Ghanaian Black Stars, Akwaboah is one to watch as he promises more Highlife, Afro–Soul, Afro–Pop and Afrobeats fusion in 2023.
@oothentik_zeus_gb – Senegal
outstanding Galsen rap albums this decade. We can’t wait to see what he drops in ‘23.
Discovered at 17 while appearing on “The Voice Afrique Francophone” TV show in 2017, FUL became the first artist to be signed to Franco–Congolese artist, Singuila’s Gc Recordz label. His first EP is composed of seven romantic RnB tracks and some global collaborations are in the works.
The talented Bruce Melody released “Katapilla”, a new single that won him the Best Summer Artist award at the Kiss Summer Awards 2021 and followed up with “Sawa Sawa” (featuring the Kenyan rapper Kaligraph Jones), a hit on the Rwandan charts in 2022. His latest single, “Funga Macho”, is already a summer 2022/2023 favourite.
@ceftanzy – Angola
Considered a pioneer of trap–zouk music in Angola, CEF Tanzy’s hit, “Mickael Jackson” (2019) reached 6.8 million views on YouTube while “Tá Falar Tá Fazer” with Anna Joyce (2021) has reached 5.1 million views. His latest single “Meilleur”, meanwhile, is ruling Angolan radio airwaves for summer 22/23, with a smooth groove steeped in Afropop, Latin and Zouk vibes.
Fior De Bior
Fior De Bior’s feature on DJ Lewis’ Afro–Decalé–House hit, “Apoutchou”, hit 9.3 million views on YouTube, but more importantly his single “Gnonmi avec lait” was a smash hit with 27 Million views. Released in March 2021, the highly danceable track, in collaboration with French rapper Niska, became one of the most listened to tracks of the year in Ivory Coast.
@stebuoahamojela – Lesotho
The shepherd musician and singer from Matholeng and his 6-piece band, Morena Leraba, uses Sotho Famo-lyrics, electro-instrumental music with percussion instruments to take Sesotho Hip Hop across the world. Already featured in tracks with Africa Express, BLK JKS, Major Lazer (USA), Kashaka (USA), Mawimbi (France) and Lua Preta (Poland/Angola), Teboho is performing across Europe from June 2022 through June 2023. We can’t wait for his next series of innovative EP’s.
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@mvziou – South Africa
South African DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Muzi, aka the Zulu Skywalker, took his innovative sound on tour this year in the United States, doing 13 shows in 11 cities. His latest single. “A Day in Chicago”, dropped in mid-June and, with dance moves inspired by his daughter, became a club hit. Expect some amazing new sounds in 2023.
@gyakie_ – Ghana
Ghanaian Afro-Soul/Fusion singer, Gyakie, debuted with her EP “Seed” in 2020, garnering 150 million streams. The single, “Forever and Forever”, featuring Omah Lay, has 39 million views alone on YouTube. It was the top Shazam’d song in Nigeria in 2021, and Apple Music Ghana’s Top Song in the same year. Gyakie also drops in on AKA’s latest track “Paradise”. She’s on our radar.
@iamnomfundomoh – South Africa
One of South Africa’s newest sensations, Nomfundo Moh’s debut studio album, “Amagama”, dropped in 2022 to critical and fan acclaim. Her recent single, “Phakade Lami”, featuring two of South Africa’s biggest female vocalists, Sha Sha and Ami Faku, has already garnered 15 million views on YouTube. Nomfundo is currently working on her 2nd album and we hear it’s got hits written all over it.
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