As winner of this year’s RFI Discoveries Award with a first solo album entitled AfrikanKouleurs, the Burkinabe Smarty has emerged as a key figure in African rap after ten years performing in the duo Yeleen.
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.
The death of Nelson Mandela has plunged even the music world into mourning. The South African figurehead was one of the rare personalities to have rallied artists the world over in the name of a cause following his long political imprisonment during apartheid.