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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: 65

Nationality: South Africa

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Trevor Charles Rabin (, born 13 January 1954) is a South African musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and film composer. Born into a musical family and raised in Johannesburg, Rabin took up ...more
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

Nationality: Zanzibar, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 52

Nationality: United States of America, South Africa

Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

David John Matthews (born January 9, 1967) is a South African-born American singer, songwriter, musician, actor and record label owner, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist ...more

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Jonathan Butler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 58

Birthplace: Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa

Jonathan Kenneth Butler (born 10 October 1961) is a South African 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: 67

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Eurasia, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, East London, United Kingdom, Stepney, + more

Laurence Juber (born 12 November 1952) is an English musician who played guitar in the rock band Paul McCartney and Wings from 1978 to 1981. He has also worked as a fingerstyle guitarist and ...more
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Andy Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 69

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Eurasia, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, East London, United Kingdom, Stepney, + more

Andrew Powell (born 19 February 1950, Stepney, London) is an English guitarist and songwriter, and a founding member of the British band Wishbone Ash, known for their innovative use of twin lead ...more

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Femi Temowo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 43

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Akure, Nigeria

Femi Temowo is a Nigerian-born British jazz guitarist, musical director, producer, and broadcaster. He was nominated for the Best Jazz Act MOBO Award (2012).
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Roland Dyens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 64

Nationality: France

Birthplace: Tunisia

Roland Dyens (October 19, 1955 – October 29, 2016) was 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: 66

Nationality: Senegal

Birthplace: Senegal, Podor, Saint-Louis Region, Africa

Baaba Maal (born 12 November 1953) is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally and is one of Senegal's most famous ...more
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Marcel Dadi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Dec. at 45 (1951-1996)

Nationality: France

Birthplace: Sousse Governorate, Sousse, Africa, Tunisia

Marcel Dadi (20 August 1951 – 17 July 1996) was a Tunisian-born Jewish French guitarist known for his finger-picking style which faithfully recreated the instrumental styles of American ...more
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Louis Chedid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 71

Nationality: France

Birthplace: North Africa, Egypt, Ismaïlia, Africa, Ismailia Governorate

Louis Chedid (born 1 January 1948, in Ismaïlia) is a French singer-songwriter of Lebanese and Egyptian origin.
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Leonard Dembo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Dec. at 37 (1959-1996)

Birthplace: Zimbabwe

Leonard Tazvivinga Dembo, also Musoro We Nyoka (born Kwangwari Gwaindepi; 6 February 1959 in Chivi , Masvingo province of Zimbabwe – 9 April 1996), was a Zimbabwean guitar-band musician and ...more
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Pierre Bensusan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Pierre Bensusan Age: 62

Birthplace: Oran, Algeria, Africa

Pierre Bensusan (born 30 October 1957) is a French-Algerian acoustic guitarist. As Sephardic Jews, his family came from Spain, Spanish Morocco, and French Algeria. His music has been ...more
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Louis Bertignac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 65

Nationality: Algeria

Birthplace: Oran, Algeria, Africa

Louis Bertignac (born 23 February 1954) is a French guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. An ex Shakin' Street member and a founding member in 1976 of the rock band Téléphone, he ...more
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Ryan Higgins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 31

Nationality: Zimbabwe

Birthplace: Zimbabwe, Harare, Africa

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Sylvain Sylvain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Greater Cairo, North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, + more

Sylvain Mizrahi (born February 14, 1951), known professionally 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 Dec. at 66 (1940-2006)

Birthplace: Tanzania, Mara Region, Africa

Daniel Owino Misiani (22 February 1940 – 17 May 2006) was a Tanzanian-born musician based in Kenya, where he led the Shirati Jazz collective. He was known as the "King of History" in ...more
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Blondie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 68

Nationality: South Africa

Birthplace: Durban, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Terence William "Blondie" Chaplin (born 7 July 1951) is a singer and guitarist from Durban, South Africa, where he played in the band The Flames in the mid-to late-1960s. He became ...more
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Boubacar Traoré ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Boubacar Traoré Age: 77

Birthplace: Kayes Region, Kayes Cercle, Mali, Africa, Kayes

Boubacar Traoré (born 1942 in Kayes, Mali) is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Traoré also goes by the nickname Kar Kar, "the one who dribbles too much" in Bambara, a ...more
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Shaun Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 41

Nationality: South Africa

Birthplace: Umgungundlovu District Municipality, Pietermaritzburg, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Shaun Morgan Welgemoed ([ˈveːl.χɐmut], born 21 December 1978), known publicly as Shaun Morgan, is a South African musician. He is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for South African rock ...more
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Alexandre Lagoya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Dec. at 70 (1929-1999)

Birthplace: Alexandria, North Africa, Egypt, Alexandria Governorate, Africa

Alexandre Lagoya (29 June 1929 – 24 August 1999) was a French classical guitarist and composer. His early career included boxing and guitar, and as he cites on the sleeve of a 1981 Columbia ...more
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Mansour Seck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Mansour Seck Age: 64

Nationality: Senegal

Birthplace: Senegal, Podor, Saint-Louis Region, Africa

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 Dec. at 51 (1938-1989)

Birthplace: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa

François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi (6 July 1938 – 12 October 1989) was a major figure in 20th-century Congolese music, and African music in general. He is referred to as Franco Luambo or ...more
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Nuno Mindelis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 62

Birthplace: Cabinda Province, Cabinda, Angola, Africa

Nuno Mindelis (born August 7, 1957, in Cabinda, Angola), nicknamed "The Beast from Brazil", is an Angolan-born Brazilian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.Most of his recorded work ...more
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D'Gary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Africa
Age: 58

Birthplace: Madagascar, Analamanga, Madagascar, Africa, Antananarivo

D'Gary (Ernest Randrianasolo born 22 July 1961) is a Malagasy musician of Bara ethnicity. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar.