2021 looks to be another bumper year for African music as BBC has taken a look at who’s innovating in terms of style and sound, as well as who is exploring new genres, to come up with a list of ten African stars to watch out for this year.
The flag of Ghana was hoisted high once again as our very own artist Kidi was featured on the list.
KiDi, part of a new generation of Ghanaian artists, had his breakthrough moment when his recording Sugar won album of the year at the 2020 Ghana music awards.
The singer’s youthful Afrobeats and Highlife sound makes his music accessible to people beyond Ghana’s borders.
In 2020, KiDi’s song Say Cheese, from his Blue EP, gained the musician international prominence after American singer Teddy Riley collaborated with him on the remix.
The 27-year-old has also collaborated with other West African artists, including Davido and Mr Eazi.
The list in no particular order, also includes Omah Lay (Nigeria), Sha Sha (Zimbabwe), Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde), Tems (Nigeria), Zuchu (Tanzania), Kabza De Small ( South Africa), Gas Mawete (DR Congo), Fik Fameica (Uganda), Elaine (South Africa).