Bands/Musicians Famous Bands from South Africa

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List of famous South African bands, groups, and solo musicians, listed by popularity with photos when available. These popular bands from South Africa come from a number of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk and acoustic. These might not necessarily be the best South African bands, but this list contains a majority of the greatest bands from South Africa. Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented South African musicians to discover some great new bands and artists.

List bands include Zain Bhikha, Ard Matthews and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which bands are from South Africa?" and "Which bands are popular in South Africa?"

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Hip hop music, Nerdcore

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Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rave music

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Trevor Rabin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Rock music, Classical music, Pop rock

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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Heartland rock, Rock music, Soul rock

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Hugh Masekela is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Afrobeat, Jazz

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Miriam Makeba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Folk music, World music, Afrobeat

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Shaun Morgan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Heavy metal, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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DJ SFR is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Dubstep, Drum and bass

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Tammin Sursok is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Ballad

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Ashton Nyte is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Adult album alternative, Americana, Synthpop

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Brenda Fassie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Pop music, African popular music

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Lee Brilleaux is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pub rock

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Lindley Evans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Louis Moholo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Thomas Rajna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Bakithi Kumalo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Isador Goodman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Isador Goodman

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Basil Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Brenton Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Christian music

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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Sid James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Letta Mbulu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
World music, Jazz

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Watkin Tudor Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rave music

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Abdullah Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Folk music, Post-bop, Bebop

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Bijou Phillips is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Trevor Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Film score

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Blondie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Lucky Dube is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Reggae, Mbaqanga

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Dean Geyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Rock music, Pop rock

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Louis Hayward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Frank Fenter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Rhythm and blues, Southern rock, British rock

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Yoav is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Yoav Trip hop, Electronic music, Acoustic guitar

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AB de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Candice Hillebrand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Pop music

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Leon Schuster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Johnny Clegg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Music of Africa, Mbaqanga

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Juliet Prowse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Jason Hartman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Jason Hartman Popular music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Vusi Mahlasela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Vusi Mahlasela Jam band

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Frederik Willem de Klerk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Busi Mhlongo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Quiet storm, Smooth jazz, Mbaqanga

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Jabu Khanyile is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Music of Africa, World music, Jazz

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Joseph Shabalala is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Lebo M is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa

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Miriam Stockley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Pop music, New Age music, World music

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Hotep Idris Galeta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa
Folk music, Post-bop, Bebop

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Johnny Flynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Bands from South Africa