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Looking for an African soundtrack to your summer?
Africa and music go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s Nigerian noises, Benin’s infectious beats, or Ghana’s range of gospel and grime, the music of Africa has inspired artists across the world.
To celebrate See Africa Differently’s music month extravaganza, we’re pleased to launch our Last.FM page, as providing the soundtrack to summer with our Spotify playlist!
To start us off, we thought we’d give you an interesting fact about the artists featured. Enjoy!
- Senegalese R&B superstar, Akon, was the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
- Beninoise legend, Angélique Kidjo, has had her music featured on both the Lion King 2, and the Simpsons.
- Brymo is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, is signed to one of the most successful urban record labels in Africa, Chocolate City records.
- The song “African Girl”, by Ghanaian singer Castro, featured as one of the Guardian newspapers ‘five must-listen Afrobeats tunes’
- In Double E’s track, ‘Bluku! Bluku!, featuring artist Dizzee Rascal describes himself as the “E3 African, ready for action.”
- Afrobeat artist D’Banj is signed to Kanye West’s label, GOOD music.
- Estelle’s mother is from Senegal, and the chart topping singer has not only won a Grammy but two MOBO awards.
- Fatoumata Diawara, born in Mali, has collaborated with Blur and Gorillaz front-man, Damon Albarn.
- He’s the Godfather of Afrobeats, and the Nigerian legend Fela Kuti counted Paul McCartney as a good friend, after a studio booking mix-up.
- Up-and-coming American singer Frank Ocean’s album not only features a love letter to Sierra Leone but duets with Outkast singer Andre 3000, and singer John Mayer.
- Lethal Bizzle is a British Rapper with African roots from Ghana. He featured as a musical guest on the Top Gear special for Comic Relief, entitled Top Gear of the Pops.
- The son of Uganda parents, Michael Kiwanuka won the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll and has supported Adele on tour.
- Nneka is a Nigerian hip hop/soul singer and songwriter who has performed on legendary American chat show the “Late Show with David Letterman.”
- Composed of singer and bassist, Shingai Shoniwa, whose mother is from Zimbabwe, and guitarist Dan Smith, the Noisettes members both met at the BRIT school in London.
- P-Square are a Nigerian R&B duo composed of identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye. The duo have over 32 million hits on Youtube.
- Ghanaian singer Sarkodie won Best International Act at this year’s BET Awards.
- Ghanaian musician, Tinchy Stryder, has his own clothing line called “Star in the Hood”.
- With Nigerian roots, rapper Tinie Tempah has certainly been influenced by Africa. Did you know he has toured with Rihanna and Usher, as well as performing on stage at Glastonbury with Snoop Dogg?
- Wizkid is a Nigerian rapper whose career began at the age of 11 when he recorded with Nigerian singer OJB Jezreel.
The stereotype of Africa is not its reality. It’s a growing continent and I’ll be writing about the exciting changes that are happening everyday.
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