Bands/Musicians Famous Guitarists from Africa

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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 Rabin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 64
Trevor Charles Rabin is a South African-born musician, songwriter and film composer. As a musician, he is best known for his time as the guitarist and vocalist for British progressive rock band ...more

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 51
David John "Dave" Matthews is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews was ...more

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Jonathan Butler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 57
Jonathan Kenneth Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music.

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Laurence Juber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 66
Laurence Juber is an English-born guitarist who lives in California. Born on 12 November 1952 in Stepney, East London, he was raised and went to school in North London. Often considered most ...more

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Andy Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 68
Andy Powell is an English guitarist and songwriter, and best known as a founding member of Wishbone Ash. Alongside Wishbone Ash's other twin lead guitarist, Ted Turner, the pair were ...more

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Femi Temowo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 42
Femi Temowo is a Nigerian-born British jazz guitarist, musical director, producer and broadcaster described by Time Out magazine as "one of Europe's finest and most sought after ...more

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Roland Dyens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 63
Roland Dyens is a French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger.

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Baaba Maal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 65
Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally is Senegal's most famous musician. In addition to acoustic ...more

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Marcel Dadi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Died at 45 (1951-1996)
Marcel Dadi was a Tunisian-born Jewish French guitarist known for his finger-picking style which faithfully recreated the instrumental styles of American guitarists such as Chet Atkins, Merle ...more

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Louis Chedid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 70
Louis Chedid is a French singer-songwriter of Lebanese origin.

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Leonard Dembo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Died at 37 (1959-1996)
Leonard Tazvivinga Dembo, also Musoro We Nyoka, was a Zimbabwean guitar-band musician who became extremely popular in Zimbabwe in the 1990s with his band the Barura Express. Incorporating ...more

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Pierre Bensusan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Pierre Bensusan age 61
Pierre Bensusan is a French-Algerian guitarist. As Sephardic Jews, his family came from Spain, Spanish Morocco and French Algeria. The genre of his acoustic guitar music is often characterized ...more

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Louis Bertignac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 64
Louis Bertignac is a French guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. An ex Shakin' Street member and a founding member in 1976 of the rock band Téléphone, he formed Bertignac et les ...more

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Ryan Higgins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 30
Ryan Shaun Higgins is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He has played eleven ODIs for Zimbabwe in 2006, highlights include the wicket of Brian Lara and best bowling figures of 4-21 from 10 overs. Ryan ...more

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Sylvain Sylvain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 67
Sylvain Mizrahi, known as Sylvain Sylvain, is an American rock guitarist, most notable for being a member of the New York Dolls.

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Daniel Owino Misiani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Daniel Owino Misiani Died at 66 (1940-2006)
Daniel Owino Misiani was a Tanzanian musician from Mara Region. He was known as the "King of History" in Kenya; overseas and in Tanzania, he was known as "the grandfather of ...more

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Blondie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 67
Terence William "Blondie" Chaplin is a musician from Durban, South Africa who first became known to international audiences through his brief stint in the early 1970s as a singer and ...more

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Boubacar Traoré is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Boubacar Traoré age 76
Boubacar Traoré is a renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Traoré also goes by the nickname Kar Kar, "the one who dribbles too much" in Bambara, a reference to his ...more

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Shaun Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 40
Shaun Morgan Welgemoed, known publicly as Shaun Morgan, is a South African musician and singer for the post-grunge/alternative metal band Seether.

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Alexandre Lagoya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Died at 70 (1929-1999)
Alexandre Lagoya was a classical guitarist. His early career included boxing and guitar, and as he cites on the sleeve of his 1981 Columbia album, his parents hoped he would outgrow his ...more

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Mansour Seck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Mansour Seck age 63
Mansour Seck is a blind Senegalese singer and musician born in Podor, in the north of the country. Best known for his collaboration with lifelong friend Baaba Maal, he has also toured and ...more

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Francois Luambo Makiadi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Francois Luambo Makiadi Died at 51 (1938-1989)
François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi was a major figure in twentieth century Congolese music, and African music in general. He is widely referred to as Franco Luambo or, simply, Franco. Known ...more

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Nuno Mindelis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 61
Nuno Mindelis, nicknamed "The Beast from Brazil", is an Angolan-born Brazilian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. Most of his recorded work has been sung in English; however, he ...more

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D'Gary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
age 57
D'Gary is a Madagascan musician of Bara ethnicity. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar.