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This article covers the list of five Africa’s most streamed artists on Spotify. The list was generated from the total streams each artist has had on the music platform. This includes songs they have been featured on and their original songs.
Africa music has been on the rise for some years now after Afrobeats started gaining recognition in the world. This rise has seen many talented African artist at the forefront of the gobal music topping charts on several digital music platforms. The fast growth of African music has earned these artists global ambassadorial and record deals.
The most streamed African Artists are:
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun also known professionally as Wizkid is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. The recipient of received several international music award nominations and awards, he began recording music at the age of 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. Wizkid signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E) in 2009.
He rose to limelight, after releasing "Holla at Your Boy", the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). In 2019, he was featured on Beyoncé's project The Lion King: The Gift on the collaboration "Brown Skin Girl", which won him a Grammy Award for Best Music Video. His fourth album, Made in Lagos, was released in October 2020, to wide commercial success and acclaim. The album includes the single "Essence", which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu also known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer. He is one of the successful African artists who hails from Nigeria. He rose to prominence after releasing "Like to Party" in 2012, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally. His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut. In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was announced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019; it won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. He was awarded the African Artist of the year at the 2020 VGMA's. In 2020, his album Twice as Tall was nominated for the same category at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making him the first Nigerian with back-to-back nominations at the Grammys. In 2021, he won the award for Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Nana Richard Abiona better known by his stage name Fuse ODG, is a Ghanaian recording artist. He is best known for his singles "Antenna" and "Dangerous Love", and for featuring on Major Lazer's "Light It Up (Remix)". Born in London and raised in Ghana, Fuse returned to London for his secondary education, where he attended the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. He grew up in Mitcham, South London. The stage name "Fuse" comes from his fusion of musical styles, as he is known for his unusual combination of genres such as Afro-pop, hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock. "ODG", meanwhile, stands for 'Off Da Ground'.
Oluwatosin Ajibade better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is a pioneer of Banku music, a fusion of sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. Mr Eazi relocated to Kumasi, Ghana in 2008 and enrolled at KNUST, where he began booking artists to perform at college parties. He showed interest in music after recording a guest verse on "My Life", a song that gained traction and became a popular record at KNUST. Mr Eazi released his debut mixtape About to Blow in July 2013. He gained an international audience following the release of the Efya-assisted single "Skin Tight". His second mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos was released on 10 February 2017.
David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Davido rose to fame after releasing "Dami Duro", the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012). In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies. Between 2013 and 2015, he also released a number of hit singles and in January 2016 he signed a record deal with Sony Music. He then founded the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), to which acts Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi and Liya have been signed. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony's RCA Records. Then October 2016, he released the 5-track EP Son of Mercy, which was supported by the singles "Gbagbe Oshi", "How Long" and "Coolest Kid in Africa". Davido re-negotiated his contract in April 2017 with Sony due to creative control issues and later that year he released five singles including "If" and "Fall". "If" generated worldwide social media activity while "Fall" became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. Davido is an alpha in the afrobeats scene and because of his intense impact has been famously referred to as 'The king of modern-day afrobeats'.