It could be argued that African has the most
essential - and therefore the most vibrant - rap and hip-hop scene. Where else is
rap as important? This is a selection of artists that are active on the
scene. We add to it regularly.
Amkoullel. Committed Malian
artist, the maker of "In faculté" and "Surafin".
Antilop Sa. French based
rapper of Congolese origin on a mission "to take rap out of the ghetto".
Didier Awadi. Founding member of
the seminal Positive Black Soul, now a solo artist and label boss.
Dr Scenthole. A rising star
in Nigeria, the maker of "Quack Love" and "Learn From Me".
Shaka Babs. Former member of
Pee Froiss, now playing a high-octane blend of Mandingo, Zulu and
Banaissa. Moroccan rapper now
active in Germany with Da B.R.E.A.K.
Bataka. Hip-Hop pioneers from
Uganda that have been quiet of late.
Black Noise. Pioneers from
the South African scene, and regular visitors to Scandinavia.
Daara J. Winners of the Best
African Artists award at the Awards for World Music in 2003 - another
powerhouse act from Senegal.
Dhalaï-K. A Benin
four-piece outfit that raps in French and Fon. Its members also
appear regularly with French rappers.
Fresk Tough rap, that combines
the sounds of Central Africa with underground
Hip-Hop and Jazz.
Godessa This trio from South Africa are
almost veterans of the scene (sorry girls) with a good number of
releases. They work regularly with other outfits.
Hamma Pioneering hardcore
Algerian outfit: "remembering 11 years of massacres, torture, summary
executions and censorship".
JJC & 419 Squad. Nigerian outfit
featuring Skillz from Big Brovaz that are very active in the UK,.
Kajeem. Award winning
ragga-rap singer from Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Kallitz. Cape Town trio, makers
of "Die Ding Ruk Mal".
Klear Kut. Ugandan 5-piece
that was nominated for a Kora Award in 2002.
Lord Ekomy Ndong.
Not much filters from Gabon. But Lord Ekomy Ndong (aka M16) has
released a powerhouse first album called "L'Afrikain".
Maskiri. Controversial yet
highly rated rapper from Zimbabwe.
Pee Froiss Currently
Senegal's most active rap outfit.
Positive Black Soul
One of the groups to bring African rap truly to an international level.
P-Wada. An incredible performer
that set Guinea alight with the radio-friendly album "Sagadapo" in
Rak Tak Squad. A powerhouse of rap in Senegal that
make good use of their different influences. Must be seen live.
Trezor. Congolese rapper, now
active in Brussels.
Niger's foremost rap outfit, regular performers on the local scene and
X-Plastaz: Rap from the
tribe - and believe me this is a trip! Their stunning live shows are
backed up with some serious music - and the vocals of Yamat Ole Meipuko.
Yeleen. Thought-provoking Hip-Hop with strong
African overtones from Burkina Faso.
Yéli Fuzzo: Probably the best-known
rapper in Mali, and a former member of Black Authority/Fenga Fing.