As of May 31st 2023, the African music scene has witnessed an extraordinary surge in popularity, with numerous female artists captivating global audiences through their captivating music videos.
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1. Yemi Alade – Nigeria
Johnny – 155 million Views
Yemi Alade is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performer. She gained international recognition with her hit single “Johnny” in 2013, which became a viral sensation across Africa.
Yemi Alade’s music is a fusion of Afrobeat, R&B, and pop, and she often incorporates elements of African culture and languages into her songs. Known for her energetic stage presence and powerful vocals, she has released several successful albums, including “Mama Africa” and “Woman of Steel.”
2. Sherine- Egypt
Mashaer – 276 million views
Sherine Abdel Wahab, known professionally as Sherine, is an Egyptian singer and actress. She rose to fame through her participation in the talent show “The Stars of Tomorrow” and later became a prominent figure in the Arabic music industry.
Sherine’s music blends traditional Arabic melodies with contemporary pop and has a strong emotional and romantic appeal. She has released numerous successful albums, including “Bataminak” and “Habeat.”
3. Sinach – Nigeria
Way Maker – 230 million views
Sinach, whose full name is Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu, is a Nigerian gospel singer and songwriter who has gained widespread recognition for her powerful worship songs, including the popular track “Way Maker.”
Sinach’s music is known for its inspirational and uplifting messages, and she has become one of the most prominent voices in contemporary African gospel music.
Her albums, such as “The Name of Jesus” and “I’m Blessed,” have resonated with audiences worldwide.
4. Aya Nakamura – Mali
Djadja – 921 million views
Aya Nakamura is a Malian-born French singer and songwriter. Her music blends Afrobeats, R&B, and pop influences, creating a unique sound that has gained her international success.
Aya Nakamura’s breakout hit “Djadja” propelled her to stardom, catapulting her to the top of charts in several European countries. She has released several albums, including “Nakamura” and “Aya,” and continues to captivate listeners with her catchy melodies and charismatic style.
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5. Tems – Nigeria
Essence ft Wizkid – 146 million views
Temilade Openiyi, known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer. She gained significant attention with her soulful voice and distinct style. Tems’ music encompasses elements of R&B, alternative, and afrobeats, creating a mesmerizing and atmospheric sound.
Her breakout hit “Mr Rebel” showcased her unique talent, and she has since released acclaimed singles like “These Days” and “Damages.” Tems has garnered global recognition and collaborations with artists such as WizKid and Drake.
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6. Libianca- Cameroon
People- 104 million views
Libianca Kenzonkinboum Fonji is a Cameroon -American singer, songwriter and audio engineer. She gained her spotlight after participating in the 21st season of The Voice a singing competition and search program.
Her hit song “People” was inspired by Libianca’s personal experience with depression, it is communicating to people who are facing depression and other mental/ life challenges. The song has been making waves on Tik Tok since its release in 2022.
7. Ada Ehi- Nigeria
Only You Jesus- 109 million views
Ada Ehi is a Nigerian gospel singer known for her powerful vocals and uplifting music. She began as a backup singer before launching a successful solo career. Her hit single “Only You Jesus” gained widespread recognition, and she has released several albums and singles with messages of hope and worship. Ada Ehi has received awards and nominations for her music and continues to inspire listeners with her heartfelt performances.
8. Ayra Starr- Nigeria
Rush- 167 million views
Ayra Starr is a talented Nigerian singer-songwriter known for her unique blend of Afrobeat, R&B, and soul. She gained recognition after signing with Mavin Records and released her debut EP, “Ayra Starr,” in 2021, which received critical acclaim.
Her hit song “Rush” which gained 167 million views has been making waves in 2022 as part of Tik Tok challenges.
9. Chidinma- Nigeria
Fallen In Love- 118 million views
Chidinma, also known as Chidinma Ekile, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who gained fame after winning the third season of Project Fame West Africa in 2010. With her soulful voice and versatility in singing R&B, soul, and Afro-pop, she has released successful tracks such as “Kedike” and “Fallen in Love.” Chidinma has collaborated with various artists and has also ventured into acting in Nollywood films.
10. Nomcebo Zikode ft Master KG
Jerusalem- 561 million views
Nomcebo Zikode is a South African singer and songwriter known for her collaboration with Master KG on the hit song “Jerusalema.” Her powerful vocals on the track garnered international recognition and sparked a global dance challenge. Nomcebo has also released her solo projects, including the album “Xola Moya Wam.” With her soulful voice and ability to infuse traditional South African sounds into her music, she has become a respected figure in the music industry.
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