18 Of The Most Popular African Musicians With International Fan Bases

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Despite its huge influence on music repertoire across the globe, most countries in Africa have not historically been significant markets for the international music industry.

That’s changing, according to IFPI, self-described voice of the recording industry worldwide.

Digital technology is enabling the recording industry to reach massive numbers of consumers across Africa and international record companies are working to establish innovative services and invest in artists and repertoire.

The following are 18 of the most popular African musicians performing blues, rock, pop, jazz, Afrobeat, mbalax and traditional. Despite historic hurdles such as poor infrastructure, all have developed fan bases internationally.