Jonathan Kenneth Butler | 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. Early years Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid [...]

Patoranking | Nigeria

Patoranking is a 29 year old Nigerian musician. A quick Google search for the best dancehall artists in Africa, and Patoranking’s name is sure to pop up. His beats are a unique blend of dancehall, reggae and Afrobeats combined, recognizable both on the continent and the global music scene. Early years In 2016 and 2017, [...]

Mr Eazi | Nigeria

Mr Eazi, Oluwatosin Ajibade from Nigeria, at 28, Musician and Founder, emPawa Africa Early years Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in Lagos, Oluwatosin Ajibade would sit at the breakfast table with his dad, listening to old records his father used to play. This was the key moment that inspired Ajibade to become ‘Mr [...]

DJ Cuppy | Nigeria

DJ Cuppy, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola from Nigeria is 27 and founder and Director of Red Velvet Music Group. Early years Many had high expectations for Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola to follow in her family’s oil business and become an oil trader. Her life was a set stage from the day she was born. Dancing to the [...]

Hugh Masakela | South Africa

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer who has been described as "the father of South African jazz". Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home". He also [...]

Black Coffee

Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo (born 11 March 1976), whose stage name is Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter. He began his career around 1994 and has released five albums as well as a live DVD. Black Coffee became prominent after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy held in [...]

Don Jazzy | Nigeria

Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy or Don Baba J, is a Nigerian record producer, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He co-founded the now defunct record label Mo' Hits Records in 2004. Following the closure of the aforementioned record label, Don Jazzy set up Mavin Records on May 8, 2012. Early life Don Jazzy, [...]

Akon | Senegal

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam born April 16, 1973, known mononymously as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor from New Jersey. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album, Trouble. He has since founded two successful record labels, [...]

Carmen Ejogo | Nigeria

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo born 22 October 1973) is a British television and film actress and singer. She began her career as host of the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995. Her film credits include Love's Labour's Lost (2000), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Away We Go (2009), Sparkle (2012), Alex Cross [...]