bands/musicians 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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Angélique Kidjo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Angélique Kidjo Worldbeat, Latin American music, World fusion music

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Freshly Ground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Freshly Ground Folk music, Jazz, Indie rock

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Sauti Sol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Sauti Sol Afro-fusion, African popular music

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Cheick Hamala Diabaté is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Cheick Hamala Diabaté African popular music

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Chopteeth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Chopteeth Highlife, Afrobeat, African popular music

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Don Jazzy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Don Jazzy Pop music, Contemporary R&B, African hip hop

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Charlotte Dipanda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Charlotte Dipanda African popular music

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Dr. Oloh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Dr. Oloh Jazz, African popular music

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Zolani Mahola is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Zolani Mahola Kwela, African popular music

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Salif Keïta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Salif Keïta African popular music

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Kyla-Rose Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Kyla-Rose Smith Fusion, Hip Hop, African popular music

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Kelly Khumalo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Kelly Khumalo House music, African popular music

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Ismaël Lô is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Ismaël Lô Mbalax, Worldbeat, World music

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Vampire Weekend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Vampire Weekend New Wave, Synthpop, Jazz fusion

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Lady May is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Lady May House music, Rhythm and blues, African popular music

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Gal Level is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Gal Level Pop music, Rhythm and blues, African popular music

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Martin Phike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Martin Phike African popular music

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Mino Cinelu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Mino Cinelu Jazz fusion, Rock and roll, Jazz

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Emerson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Emerson Reggae, African popular music

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Las Hijas del Sol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists

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Jimmy Omonga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Jimmy Omonga Pop music, World music, African popular music

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King Mensah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
King Mensah Afrobeat, African popular music

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Kristo Numpuby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Kristo Numpuby Bikutsi, Worldbeat, Folk music

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Steady Bongo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Steady Bongo African popular music

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Umanji is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Umanji African popular music

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Oliver N'Goma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Oliver N'Goma Soukous, Zouk, Reggae

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Juluka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African Pop Groups/Artists
Juluka Rock music, Maskanda, World music