Nigerian artist from Port Hartcourt. Took the nation by storm with the release of his 2008 debut album entitled Koliwater.
Innocent Ujah Idibia best known as 2face Idibia is a recording artist from Benue State, Nigeria. He was a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz. One of the most internationally recognized celebrities Nigeria has produced in years, his massively popular song African Queen was the first ever video to be played on pan African channel MTV Base. 2face was the recipient of such awards as the 2005 Channel O Best Male Music Video award and the first award given for Best African at the MTV Europe Awards held in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2005.
Laye Sow is a Fula, from Podor in the Futa Toro region of Northern Senegal, on the Mauritanian border. He was brought up on the African tradition of storytelling through song. He is often described a Muslim mystic. Laye is deeply spiritual, which you can easily hear in all his songs. However he is first and foremost an African, and the rights and wrongs of African society, as well as the weaknesses that create division, consume him.
Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné on January 1, 1953 in Dimbokoro, Côte d'Ivoire) is a reggae singer. He is a major star in West Africa. He has played with The Wailers. He studied English at Hunter College in New York, and later in the Columbia University American Language Program. Alpha Blondy sings mainly in his native language of Dioula, in French and English, and sometimes in Arabic or Hebrew. His lyrics convey strong political attitudes and a sense of humor. He coined the French word "democrature" (an English equivalent might be "democratatorship") to identify some African governments.
Atongo Zimba, born in Ghana's Bolgatanga region in 1967 gained first fame as he was for a year and a half the openingact at the Shrine shows of Fela Kuti in Lagos, Nigeria. He returned to Ghana to play at the PANAFEST (Pan African Festival of Arts and Culture) and he played and toured with great African musicians as Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Osibisa, Francis Fuster, Jimmy Beckley's Afro-Jazz Combo and Angelique Kidjo, to mention just a few.