Rising Stars: Libianca, Victony, Tyla and other artistes set to shine in 2024
The Afrobeats scene is constantly evolving with fresh talent bubbling up all the time.
The dynamic genre pulsating with infectious rhythms has become a global sensation. Embracing a fusion of traditional African rhythms, hip-hop, dancehall, reggaeton and soca, Afrobeats has evolved over the years.
Originating from Nigeria, Afrobeats has transcended borders, enabling artistes like Burna Boy, Wizkid, D’banj, Mr.Eazi, Davido and many more to dominate charts and collaborate with global icons like Beyoncé, Drake and Future.
While Tems, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage and a host of others have paved the way for Afrobeats on the international stage, 2024 promises a new wave of talent poised to make waves in the genre.
These rising stars promise to further enrich the genre, contributing their unique sounds and stories to the global musical landscape.
Nigerian artiste Qing Madi gained prominence with her viral hit “See Finish,” earning her the Spotify Africa Equal Ambassador title for June. Her follow-up single, “Ole,” soared to No. 12 on Turntable Official Nigeria Top 100 charts, solidifying her status as one to watch.
Blending hip-hop, Grime and drill into his sound, Odumodublvck stands out as a vivid storyteller. His single “Blood on the Dance Floor,” featuring Wale and Bloody Civilian, claimed the No. 1 spot on Nigeria’s Top 100 charts, showcasing the genre’s diversity.
Nigerian artiste Victony, known for collaborations with Burna Boy, is making a comeback after a car crash in April 2021, which left him in a wheelchair. Victony returned to the stage in December 2021 during a performance alongside Davido, marking a triumphant return.
In 2022, Victony released Soweto featuring Tempoe as the debut single off his Outlaw Ep
Cameroonian-American artiste Libianca soared to success with the 2022 breakout single “People,” addressing his battle with Cyclothymia. Debuting at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Afrobeats chart and claiming the top spot on the UK’s Afrobeats chart, Libianca’s deeply personal song has resonated with audiences globally.
South African singer Tyla’s “Water” has become the anthem for a social media dance challenge, propelling her to the top 10 of various charts. The song made history as the first by a South African soloist to enter the Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years, earning Tyla Grammy and Soul Train Music Award nominations, along with two South African Music Award nods.
This Nigerian singer-songwriter has already racked up millions of streams with his smooth vocals and catchy melodies. Tracks like “Girlfriend” and “Dior” showcase his infectious energy and potential for superstardom.
This young Nigerian singer has a powerful voice and a knack for blending Afropop with R&B influences. Her debut album 19 & Dangerous received critical acclaim, and with tracks like “Bloody Samaritan” and “Sawayo,” she’s poised for even bigger things.
This Nigerian singer-songwriter blends smooth vocals with Afrobeats rhythms, creating a sophisticated yet danceable sound. His collaborations with Wizkid (“Ginger”) and Sarz (“Monalisa”) have garnered global attention, and his solo tracks like “Pana” and “Temporary Love” show his unique artistry.
This young Ghanaian rapper has taken the internet by storm with his infectious energy and raw lyricism. Tracks like “Kwaku Bonsam” and “Second Sermon” showcase his storytelling ability and knack for catchy hooks.
With her smooth vocals and heartfelt songwriting, Gyakie brings a soulful touch to Ghanaian Afrobeats. Her hit track “Forever” has amassed millions of streams, and her recent EP “Seed EP” shows her promise as a versatile artist.
This Ghanaian singer-songwriter has built a loyal fanbase with his romantic lyrics and danceable melodies. Tracks like “Touch it” and “Preach” showcase his smooth vocals and ability to blend Afrobeats with R&B influences.
This Kenyan singer-songwriter is a true force of nature. Her powerful vocals and energetic stage presence are captivating, and tracks like “Ex” and “Mama Oh!” showcase her raw talent and social commentary.
This Kenyan band seamlessly blends Afrobeats with soul, gospel and R&B influences. Their music is uplifting and relatable, with tracks like “Suzanna” and “Nishikeke” becoming popular across Africa.
This Kenyan singer-songwriter brings a fresh and playful energy to the scene. Tracks like “Malaika” and “Unaware” showcase her catchy melodies and vibrant personality, making her a rising star to watch.
This Tanzanian singer-songwriter is a breath of fresh air. Her soulful vocals and introspective lyrics resonate with listeners and tracks like “Nitakupa Wangu” and “Siogopi” showcase her vulnerability and artistic depth.
This Tanzanian duo brings a unique blend of hip-hop and Afrobeats to their music. Their playful chemistry and energetic performances are infectious, and tracks like “Waka” and “Kwikwi” are guaranteed to get you moving.
This South African rapper brings a smooth blend of hip-hop and Afrobeats to his music. His recent hit “SETE” showcases his ability to create dancefloor anthems, and his collaborations with Young Stunna and Blxckie demonstrate his collaborative spirit.
This South African rapper and producer fuses amapiano and Afrobeats into a unique and energetic sound. His tracks like “Ke Star” and “Jabulani” have become global hits, and his collaborations with Burna Boy (“Vuyol”) and Davido (“Champion”) solidify his international footprint.
This South African rapper brings a powerful and conscious flow to her music. Tracks like “Bamnandi” and “Sthandwa Sami” showcase her lyrical prowess and social commentary, making her a voice for a generation.
Beyond the big four:
This Ugandan singer-songwriter brings a mature and sophisticated sound to the scene. Her soulful vocals and introspective lyrics resonate with listeners, and tracks like “The Other Side” and “Shalalala” showcase her artistic depth.