BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA
Sporting a golden voice, Fally Ipupa of the Democratic Republic of Congo stays on top.
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
When Nigeria’s 2Face Idibia enters the place, the world takes notice. A former member of the group Plantashun Boyz, he’s been doing big things as a solo artist.
D’Banj is one of Nigeria’s leading MCs, and he plays the harmonica to boot. The son of a military officer and a church elder, he’s served as a United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.
This versatile rapper is known to infuse an assortment of genres (R&B, rap, reggae) into his feel-good jams.
Originally piercing the world’s consciousness in 1994, Benin’s Angelique Kidjo recently tackled the music of her childhood with her new LP, Oyo.
Dropping positive vibes, South African threesome Teargas continues to keep their country’s hopes for good music alive.