Bands/Musicians The Best Mbaqanga Bands/Artists  

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Mbaqanga artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good mbaqanga 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 mbaqanga bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Mbaqanga 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 mbaqanga bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest mbaqanga bands of all time, since the most famous mbaqanga artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best mbaqanga music.

You can click on the mbaqanga band names to see more information about that particular notable mbaqanga group. If they're near the top of the best mbaqanga artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top mbaqanga bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the mbaqanga band names themselves.

This list has a variety of artists, like Johnny Clegg and Lucky Dube, in it. Make sure to make your voice heard on which are the best (and worst) artists on this list. Vote! Are you one of those people that doesn't like Busi Mhlongo or Mahotella Queens? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard.

All important, significant and iconic names in mbaqanga music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new mbaqanga 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 mbaqanga, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into mbaqanga 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 mbaqanga bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent mbaqanga bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best mbaqanga bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest mbaqanga 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 mbaqanga bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Johnny Clegg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mbaqanga Bands/Artists
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Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg is a British-born musician and anthropologist from South Africa, who has recorded and performed with his bands Juluka and Savuka, and more recently as a solo act, occasionally reuniting with his earlier band partners. Sometimes called Le Zoulou Blanc, he is an important figure in South African popular music history, with songs that mix Zulu with English lyrics and African with various Western music styles. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Music of Africa, Mbaqanga

Albums: Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World, Heat, Dust & Dreams, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Labels: Capitol Records

Career Began: Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Lucky Dube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mbaqanga Bands/Artists
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Lucky Philip Dube was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa's biggest-selling reggae artist. Dube was murdered in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville on the evening of 18 October 2007. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Reggae, Mbaqanga

Albums: Together as One, Lucky Dube Live In Uganda (The King of African Reggae), Taxman, Victims, Serious Reggae Business, + more

Nationality: South Africa

Labels: Rykodisc, Gallo Record Company

Career Began: Ermelo, South Africa

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Busi Mhlongo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mbaqanga Bands/Artists
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Busi Mhlongo, born as Victoria Busisiwe Mhlongo, was a virtuoso singer, dancer and composer originally from Inanda in Natal, South Africa. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Quiet storm, Smooth jazz, Mbaqanga, Soft rock, Soul music

Albums: Babhemu

Nationality: South Africa

Labels: Sheer Sound

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Juluka was a South African music band formed in 1969 by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. Juluka means "sweat", and was the name of a bull owned by Mchunu. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Rock music, Maskanda, World music, Mbaqanga, African popular music

Albums: Scatterlings, The Best of Juluka, Crocodile Love, Musa Ukungilandela, Work for All, + more

Labels: Warner Bros. Records

Career Began: Johannesburg, South Africa

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