#1: Zonke Dikana – South African
Given her very musical background, there was probably no other career that South African songstress Zonke Dikanacould have chosen. Her first album “Life,love and music” was released in 2007 but it wasn’t until 2011, when she dropped “Ina ethe” that she gained the recognition due to her. It scooped her a SAMA for Best African adult album. Her follow up project, “Give and take”, saw her take home another SAMA for best live DVD.
#2: Lira – South African
Lira was born in Ekurhuleni, East of Johannesburg, South Africa. Having grown up listening to Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, she began writing songs and performing at age 16.
With four albums under her belt, 10 SAMA awards, a BET nomination for best international act in Africa and a biography, Lerato Molapo needs no introduction in the music industry. She has continuously reinvented herself, ensuring her long lasting power.
#3: Tiwa Savage – Nigerian
There is so much that can be said about Tiwatope Savage (Tiwa Savage), who has been singing since the age of 17. Her musical career is so illustrious and includes various accolades including having a song that she co-wrote for Fantasia being nominated for a Grammy. She has also backed up musical giants such as Mary J Blidge and George Michael and last year won her fisrt CHOAMVA for most gifted female.
#4: Moneoa – South African
Moneoa Moshesh Sowazi is a South African soul singer and dancer who first rose to fame in 2012 with hit songs like “Isibhanxa” and “Pretty Disaster”
Moneoa Moshesh album “Coming from going to” was nominated for the Channel O Music and Metro FM Music awards, although she did not win. Her latest album, “Ndim Lo”, has scored two Metro FM Music Awards nominations this year.
#5: Lady Jay Wah – Ghanaian
Lady Jay Wah is a Ghanaian. She burst onto the scene in 2012. Signed to Pidgen music, her sound combines Neo soul, Afro-beat, Reggae and Pop. She is seen as one of Ghana’s fastest rising stars.
#6: Victoria Kimani – Kenyan
Victoria Kimani, born in LA but originally from Kenya started writing, recording and performing at 16. She lived in Nigeriaduring her high school years but moved back to Nairobi, Kenya at 17. She has since been working with top artists and producers, perfecting and developing her musical and visual craft as well as writing for all sorts of signed artists around the world.
#7: Waje – Nigerian
Waje (an acronym for “Words aren’t just enough”) is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range is famous for its versatility. Born Aituaje Iruobe, she is the lady behind the remake of P-Square’s Omoge Mi and the female voice in the duo’s 2008 hit track do me.
#8: Efya – Ghanaian
Efya full name is, wait for it: Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindor. She is a Ghanaian neo-soul vocalist, songwriter, performer and actress from Kumasi.
#9: Zahara – South African
#10: Naima Kay – South African
Compiled by Howafrica.com