After ten years as one half of the rap band Yeleen, Smarty recently embarked on a solo career in the shape of an album, Afrikan Kouleurs. He marries his words with both modern tunes and traditional melodies.
The outstanding guitarist, Teta, has performed with a host of Malagasy groups around the island. He started working solo in 2007, and released his first album, Any aminao any, in 2010. His music rolls to rhythms of Tsapiky, the traditional music of South Madagascar.
Singer-songwriter-composer, Lindsey Abudei, first appeared on the Nigerian music scene in 2010 when she took part in the television contest “Project Fame West Africa”. She concocts a neo-soul sound in the same vein as her compatriot Asa, whose track Jailer she reworked in her first, self-produced album, Brown The EP.
Fed-up with the phony playback performances of stars like Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Madonna, the Cameroonian Richard Bona champions authentic music on his new album Bonafied, while working on future collections by Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. He may be a wizard on the bass and have music running through his veins, but whatever you do, don’t ask him to change a light bulb.