Forbes Africa lists Africa’s top 20 musicians of 2022 for their record-breaking contribution to the entertainment industry. Forbes Africa recognizes the shift in the music industry that African artists are bringing to the table. The world’s highest stream of African music is seen this year. The past 18 months have shown where Africa’s music can go. African music is everywhere, inspiring and elevating with no age limit. Forbes Africa names artists that took Africa to the global stage and educated the world on the true meaning of being African.
The top 20 list includes artists from Amapiano to Afrobeats. The list consists of Angélique Kidjo, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Master KG, Bandile and Banele Mbere, Nasty C, WizKid, Burna Boy, Ravanny, Diamond Platnumz, Fally Ipupa, DJ Maphorisa, Lira, Mr. Eazi, 2Baba, Cassper Nyovest, Lebo M, Black Coffee, DJ KDDO. Forbes Africa interviewed each artist, asking what inspired them to pursue a career in music and what their next steps should be. South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania are leading the charts of the world’s music. This recognition should encourage other African artists to work on their music because there is a clear need for more music, content, and technology. Creating value will drive the industry’s growth beyond expectations in the next five years, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ (PwC) annual report, Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019-2023.