Top Indie Artists (east African musicians Spotify)6 min read

There is always something to love about African music. From the fast rising famous east African musicians on spotify, most of them providing inspirational African songs and uplifting African music.

Good music can mean a whole lot of different things these days. From risqué lyrics to aggressive beats, “good music” can be totally up to interpretation, and it’s all into how you choose.

African pop and Christian music is one genre that you never have to have second thoughts about; because they are inspirational african songs the two genres always deliver music that is as good to the ears as it is to the soul. One listen to this list, containing artists that take inspiration from Northern African roots all the way down to South Africa, and you’ll only have sunshine on your mind.

So grab your headphones, and dig in, ear first!

Good music can mean a whole lot of different things these days. From risqué lyrics to aggressive beats, “good music” can be totally up to interpretation, and it’s all into how you choose.

African pop and Christian music is one genre that you never have to have second thoughts about; because they are inspirational african songs the two genres always deliver music that is as good to the ears as it is to the soul. One listen to this list, containing artists that take inspiration from Northern African roots all the way down to South Africa, and you’ll only have sunshine on your mind.

So grab your headphones, and dig in, ear first!

#1.

Kambua

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Kambua

The upbeat pop vibe of this Christian singer is beyond compare—and throughout her albums, it's nearly impossible not to sing along. Born into a family full of boys, Kambua grew up as the only girl in a strong Christian family, and those two influences that have had an enormous impact on her music.

From her 2014 hit “Usiku Na Mchana” to 2008’s “Watu Wote,” discovering the triumphant and joyous sounds of Kambua’s praise for the Almighty won’t be able to do anything but give you a lift. While this Kenyan gospel singer may be from Nairobi, it’s for certain that her voice and inspiring songs are a gift to the world.

Kambua Music Video – Usiku na Mchana

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#2.

Stromae

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Stromae may be the biggest music name in Francophone music, but his Rwandan heritage and Belgium upbringing make this artist so much more than just your average mega global pop star, and his music always comes with a moral aside. With a strong sense of political responsibility and great beats, Stromae's powerful music can give listeners an anthem to feel good about. "Alors On Danse" is a great song to get your heartbeat bouncing to, but his songs contain more than just a beat. Get behind his tune "Papaoutai" which mixes his strong upbeat backbeat with a cautionary tale, or even his song “Carmen,” whose powerful message urges people to put down their social media accounts before they can ruin their life. Looks like a Musical activist is what I would call him, and he might just change the world, one song at a time.

Stromae Music video – Carmen

#3.

Aziza Brahim

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Folk singer and actress Aziza Brahim has her very own mix of incredible tunes, and with just one listen of Calles de Dajla, you'll fall head over heels for the deep soul hidden in her songs. Growing up in a refugee camp in Algeria, Brahim battled the harshness of growing up in the Sahara desert and learned to find solace and peace in music.

When she was 11, she began her music career in Cuba, and it's all history from there. With cultural richness and a voice that soothes and enchants, Aziza's particular mix of Sahara music and Spanish influence is the perfect sweet spot. Her latest album, Soutak, explores this adventurous new sound, and you won't be able to help putting all the tracks on repeat.

Aziza Brahim Music Video – Calles de Dajla

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#4.

Adawnage

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A fusion of three words, “a dawn age,” this Christian contemporary band hailing from Kenya combines a stellarly diverse cast to create a group that celebrates its differences through positive, multi-ethnic, and homegrown sounds. With songs that blend soft rock, reggae and Afro-fusion, this group is going to be your next go-to for a morning, mid-afternoon, or evening pick me up.

Songs like “Naomba,” a prayer asking God to mold us into better people, and "Tulizo", which talks about the missions of Jesus on this Earth, have a strong message faith and mix great words with bouncy beats that you'll be singing from morning until night.

Adawnage Band Music Video – I Live For You

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#5.

Alice Phoebe Lou

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This indie South African artist takes grassroots to heart. Foregoing a record deal to sing in the streets of Berlin, this artist has no time for the kind of commercial packaging that makes artists big these days, but it didn't stop her from going viral at the young age of 22. With genuine alternative charm, Alice's Berlin Blues, featuring Matteo, a multi-talented instrumentalist from Italy, will make a #1 fan out of you. No frills tunes and a mindset that puts her in a genre all her own, Alice is the package deal that makes her music not just sound and feel real but be real.

Alice phoebe lou – Orbit (Live Session)

From indie artists to deepest Gospel artists, these five African Artists are sure to make any Spotify playlist sparkle with deep thinking songs, happy go lucky tunes and praise-worthy jams that will be the perfect pick me up any day.


About the Author:

Isa is a guest writer at Good Music Africa. As a digital nomad who splits her time between writing for Culture Coverage and Secure Thoughts and listening her way through all the hottest tracks on iTunes and Spotify. Whether it's Christian/Gospel or the Billboard Top 100, great music is her weakness, and she's out to share the best tunes with the world—including this list!


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