This year has witnessed Afropop take the front seat in the international music scene. Afropop has always been successful at breaking into the international market for years though with hit songs like Tu Face’s African Queen and Dbanj’s Oliver Twist for instance But with the recent release of Beyonce’s Lion King: The Gift album that featured a diverse mix of African artistes dishing out authentic African tunes, Afropop became widespread like never before.
Considering that the songs on the album have been on repeat in many African homes as well as outside Africa (the album currently fills the No. 1 spot on this week’s World Albums chart), it won’t be wrong to say that the African artistes featured on The Gift album are the hottest musicians in Africa right now. Based on the most popular songs in the album, here are the top 5 hottest musicians in Africa:
Everyone is talking about Brown Skin Girl on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and virtually every other social media platforms. Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce, Wizkid, and St. John featuring Blue Ivy Carter is hands down the most popular song from Beyonce’s The Gift album. Wizkid’s relaxed vocals are heard throughout the melodious track except in the intro and outro part of the song. Brown Skin Girl currently ranks 24 on Billboard’s Digital Music Chart.
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
The whole world finally got an opportunity to see what a rare gem Burna Boy is through his solo track Ja Ara E in The Gifted Album. Burna Boy is the only African artiste featured in Beyonce’s The Gift album who wasn’t paired with any other artiste. However, his stellar performance in the album is not the only reason he is currently an international sensation. Not long after the release of The Gift, Burna Boy dropped a highly anticipated album titled African Giant.
The album features prominent African artistes in the diaspora like Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley among others and African American rapper Future. Currently, the music album African Giant is at the 13th spot on Billboard’s Top World Albums Chart.
Shatta Wale (Ghana)
Ghanian superstar Shatta Wale is also part of this historic collaboration. Shatta Wale is the voice behind almost every line of the high tempo, danceable track titled Already. This song is also one of the most talked-about on social media platforms like Twitter.
Busiswa (South Africa)
‘Vumani Bo (Siyavuma!)’ scream-sings Busiswa on the fast-paced track My Power. She is the owner of the voice you hear delivering complete African vibes in the track. All the words in that verse are all in South African language, no English words. Heartfelt words of congratulations and acknowledgments have been flying around on Twitter to this phenomenal musician from South Africa ever since The Gift album was released.
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade’s powerful voice resonates through two fan-favorite tracks in The Gift album: My Power and Don’t Jealous Me. As usual, she brings along her energetic and pulsing African-suffused rhythm to both tracks.