African artists did big things in 2020. Their songs were some of the most-played songs across the world. From Afrobeats to Amapiano, our African musicians proved just how talented they are this year.
Some of our stars got to work with world superstars such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Ella Mai, and T.I. African singers and rappers ruled the airwaves with their chart-topping tracks and most of them gained thousands of fans from across the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The artists’ songs hit millions of streams on international music streaming platforms. We take a look at five African artists who made waves in 2020. These musicians did not just drop hot albums but their projects were well-received in their countries, throughout the continent of Africa as well as overseas.
1. Master KG
The South African musician did the most this year. His hit song titled Jerusalema kept the world dancing amid the pandemic. The track helped people across the world beat the Covid-19 blues away. It was also certified double platinum in Italy. Master KG has won countless international music awards this year.
2. Sha Sha
The Zimbabwean singer took South Africa by storm with her amazing vocals on some of the biggest Amapiano tracks. She has worked with the likes of DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small. Sha Sha proved that she was not only big in Mzansi when she bagged the Best New International Act award at this year’s BET Awards. She was also nominated at the South African Music Awards.
The Nigerian star got to work with world superstars this year. He went into the studio with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Nas, Chris Brown, and Lil Baby, among others. He recently dropped the album titled A Better Time featuring all these international musicians. In July, he got to showcase his talent to the world when he performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
4. Burna Boy
The Nigerian artist is definitely one of the biggest artists in the continent. He was featured on Sam Smith’s smash hit titled My Oasis. The musician also dropped his chart-topping album Twice As Tall in August. The project was nominated under the World Music Album category in the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The Nigerian artist, who has collaborated with the likes of Drake and Beyoncé, also had a good 2020. The star dropped his new album titled Made In Lagos this year. The album featuring the likes of British artists Skepta and Ella Mai, US singer H.E.R and Damian Marley, among others.