The Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter, Burna Boy, was born in Lagos. He started producing music when he was ten years old. After graduating from college, Burna relocated to London for university. After two years, he dropped out and moved back to Nigeria to pursue his passion. A creative by the name of LeriQ allocated studio space for Burna to record and produce. His father always listened to dancehall and reggae music. This is where his early influence and music style stems from. His grandfather experimented with Afrobeat music and even managed Fela Kuti. LeriQ and Burna produced a track titled “Prefer to Party” which initiated his rise to prominence on a national and International level. HIs debut studio album, L.We.F.E., received rave reviews and featured Wizkid, Timaya,
Africa’s alternative scene is growing in size and popularity each day, and Ghanaian musician Amaarae is in the ranks leading the charge. Born Ama Serwah Genfi, Amaarae, stepped into the African music scene with a fire and exuberance that is not easily duplicated. Although born in NYC, Amaarae, challenges the norm of an average West African woman. Having attended 7 different schools in 4 different cities across 2 continents between the ages of 4 and 22, the artist Amaarae expresses this kaleidoscope of experiences through her music, fashion, style and sensual lyricism that is rebellious to the straight-jacket societal demands of what an African woman should be.Amaarae’s androgynous style, coloured hair, witty personality and sensual lyricism is a brave call for young Africans.
Ahmed Abiola Akinbiyi (Bella Shmurda) is a Nigerian Singer and Song Writer. Popularly called Fine Boy Bella by his fans, Bella Shmurda is referred to as the new voice of the streets in his home town, Lagos in Nigeria.