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The Best African Pop Groups/Artists  

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African pop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good african popular music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top african popular music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. African popular music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all African popular music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest African popular music bands of all time, since the most famous African popular music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best African popular music.

You can click on the African popular music band names to see more information about that particular notable African pop music group. If they're near the top of the best African pop music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top African popular music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the African popular music band names themselves.

List features Vampire Weekend, Brenda Fassie and more. Upvote the artists you like and downvote the artists you don't. Also, artists on this list like Angélique Kidjo and Don Jazzy probably need more votes.

All important, significant and iconic names in African popular music music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new African popular music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of African pop music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into African pop music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good African pop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent African popular music bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best African popular music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest African pop musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular African pop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Sauti Sol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Afro-fusion, African popular music
2
Angélique Kidjo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Worldbeat, Latin American music, World fusion music
3
Freshly Ground is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Folk music, Jazz, Indie rock
4
Cheick Hamala Diabaté is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
African popular music
5
Zolani Mahola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Kwela, African popular music
6
Kyla-Rose Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Fusion, Hip Hop, African popular music
7
Chopteeth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Highlife, Afrobeat, African popular music
8
Don Jazzy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, African hip hop
9
Salif Keïta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
African popular music
10
Dr. Oloh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Jazz, African popular music
11
Charlotte Dipanda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
African popular music
12
Kelly Khumalo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
House music, African popular music
13
Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion
14
Ismaël Lô is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Mbalax, Worldbeat, World music
15
Steady Bongo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
African popular music
16
Lady May is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
House music, Rhythm and blues, African popular music
17
Gal Level is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, African popular music
18
Martin Phike is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
African popular music
19
Mino Cinelu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Jazz fusion, Rock and roll, Jazz
20
Juluka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Rock music, Maskanda, World music
21
Jimmy Omonga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Pop music, World music, African popular music
22
Emerson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Reggae, African popular music
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Las Hijas del Sol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
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Kristo Numpuby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Bikutsi, Worldbeat, Folk music
25
Umanji is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
African popular music