Fela Kuti is widely regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat. Born in Nigeria in 1938, he sang throughout the sixties and seventies with his band Africa '70.
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South-African singer Lira has released five platinum selling albums over the past decade and was nominated at the BET Awards for "Best International Artist."
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Kenya-based afropop group Sauti Sol, which is made up of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno, tops the list of streaming service Mdundo's most downloaded artists.
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Wizkid has become a well-known artist within the past decade with consistent hits such as "Tease me/Bad Guys" in 2011, "Pakurumo" in 2012 and "Ojuelegba" in 2015. Most recently he featured on Drake's One Dance.
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Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage once sang back-up for George Michael. She then participated in the UK version of the TV talent show, X-Factor, and went on to release her own music.
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D'banj was born into a military family in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria but went on to musical stardom. American hip-hop icon, Kanye West, appeared in the video for his catchy 2012 single, Oliver Twist.