Not all African artists are: Men

Shoutout to Women’s History month. Whenever I’m feeling particularly oppressed, I’m always relieved to know that there is a single month carved out in the whole year for me to continue to feel oppressed. But hey, at least we’re talking about it right?

Speaking of male domination, in the land of afrobeats, afropop, afrohouse, afrowave, afroswing, afro whatever-noun-you-please, outside of the megastars, women continue to be greatly overlooked. This is a conversation that is long overdue across the music industry as a whole, but it’s especially disappointing for up and coming female artists who struggle to get a platform, let alone respect for their craft. I’m no saint, my personal playlists of African artists have typically been dominated by men, but we all have a responsibility to dig a little deeper and support all the amazing women out here grinding.

So in that vein, here are a few of my favorite tracks from some up and coming, afro-diasporic badasses (across all countries and genres!) I encourage you to check out the full playlist here.

1.“Catching A Wav” amaarae


2.“Sounds of Sonar” Kampire [dj mix]


3.“Inner Voice” Sampa The Great


4.“Crabs and Crows” Kajama


5.“Capacidades” Nidia

One response to “Not all African artists are: Men”

  1. […] What started as an accidental playlist has now evolved into a full-blown series and I’m really digging it! I’m back at it again with a selection of tracks highlighting my favorite African women of the continent and diaspora across all genres and styles. I hope you find a new artist to follow in here and please check out the full playlist that more broadly features women of color from all over here. You can also check out prior editions of this playlist here and here. […]


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