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Famous Guitarists from Africa

Updated October 13, 2018 6.1k views32 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Africa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Africa are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Africa guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

List is made up of many different items, including Freddie Mercury and Dave Matthews.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Africa?" and "Who are famous Africa guitarists?"
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    Trevor Charles Rabin (, born 13 January 1954) is a South African musician, singer-songwriter,...  more
  • 2

    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
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  • 3
    David John Matthews (born January 9, 1967) is a South African-born American singer,...  more

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  • 4
    Jonathan Kenneth Butler (born 10 October 1961) is a South African singer-songwriter and...  more
  • 5
    Laurence Juber (born 12 November 1952) is an English musician who played guitar in the rock...  more
  • 6
    Andrew Powell (born 19 February 1950, Stepney, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter,...  more
  • 7
    Femi Temowo is a Nigerian-born British jazz guitarist, musical director, producer, and...  more
  • 8
    Roland Dyens (October 19, 1955 – October 29, 2016) was a French classical guitarist, composer,...  more
  • 9

    Baaba Maal

    Age: 66
    Baaba Maal (born 12 November 1953) is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the...  more
  • 10

    Marcel Dadi

    Dec. at 45 (1951-1996)
    Marcel Dadi (20 August 1951 – 17 July 1996) was a Tunisian-born Jewish French guitarist known...  more
  • 11
    Louis Chedid (born 1 January 1948, in Ismaïlia) is a French singer-songwriter of Lebanese and...  more
  • 12

    Leonard Dembo

    Dec. at 37 (1959-1996)
    Leonard Tazvivinga Dembo, also Musoro We Nyoka (born Kwangwari Gwaindepi; 6 February 1959 in...  more
  • 13

    Pierre Bensusan

    Age: 62
    Pierre Bensusan (born 30 October 1957) is a French-Algerian acoustic guitarist. As Sephardic...  more
  • 14
    Louis Bertignac (born 23 February 1954) is a French guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. An ex...  more
  • 15
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  • 16
    Sylvain Mizrahi (born February 14, 1951), known professionally as Sylvain Sylvain, is an...  more
  • 17

    Daniel Owino Misiani

    Dec. at 66 (1940-2006)
    Daniel Owino Misiani (22 February 1940 – 17 May 2006) was a Tanzanian-born musician based in...  more
  • 18
    Terence William "Blondie" Chaplin (born 7 July 1951) is a singer and guitarist from Durban,...  more
  • 19

    Boubacar Traoré

    Age: 77
    Boubacar Traoré (born 1942 in Kayes, Mali) is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Traoré also...  more
  • 20
    Shaun Morgan Welgemoed ([ˈveːl.χɐmut], born 21 December 1978), known publicly as Shaun Morgan,...  more
  • 21

    Alexandre Lagoya

    Dec. at 70 (1929-1999)
    Alexandre Lagoya (29 June 1929 – 24 August 1999) was a French classical guitarist and...  more
  • 22

    Mansour Seck

    Age: 64
    Mansour Seck is a blind Senegalese singer and musician born in Podor, in the north of the...  more
  • 23

    Francois Luambo Makiadi

    Dec. at 51 (1938-1989)
    François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi (6 July 1938 – 12 October 1989) was a major figure in...  more
  • 24
    Nuno Mindelis (born August 7, 1957, in Cabinda, Angola), nicknamed "The Beast from Brazil", is...  more
  • 25

    D'Gary

    Age: 58
    D'Gary (Ernest Randrianasolo born 22 July 1961) is a Malagasy musician of Bara ethnicity. His...  more