No Ghanaian Act featured in CNN’s list of Africa’s biggest music stars
CNN compiled a list of Africa’s biggest music stars and it is very shocking to know that no Ghanaian act made it into the list.
Although Ghana is known for its exceptional music talents and the presence Ghanaian music has globally, no artiste was recorded in the CNN’s list.
Since the release of the list, many Ghanaians have reacted with some thrashing the list as inappropriate and not legit.
It is unknown, however, the criteria used by CNN in arriving at these announced list.
Below are the shortlist as shared on their portal;
Nigeria’s Burna Boy has been nominated for the Best World Music Grammy. Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for Coachella
2. Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo is a singer, songwriter and activist from Benin. She is one of Africa’s most respected performers and has won three Grammy Awards in her wide-ranging career. Kevin Mazur/WireImage.
3. Diamond Platnumz
Tanzanian recording artist, Diamond Platnumz is an award-winning musician. In 2015, he won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Africa, Middle East and India Act. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/AFP via Getty Images.
4. Yemi Alade
Nigerian born musician, Yemi Alade, gained prominence after winning a Talent Show in 2009, and is best known for her hit single ‘Johnny,’ which has become an international anthem. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for Essence.
5. Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage won the Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards, becoming the first woman to win the category. Randy Shropshire/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for Essence
Award-winning Nigerian entertainer, Wizkid has collaborated with multiple international artists including Drake, Wale, Skepta and Beyonce. CELLOU BINANI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Award-winning Nigerian singer, Mr.Eazi is the pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound that is a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns. Monica Schipper/Getty Images North America
8. Sho Madjozi
South African singer, Sho Madjozi won the 2019 BET New International Act. In her acceptance speech, she said, ‘My story is a testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar.” Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for BET.
9. Busiswa Gqulu
South African singer-songwriter and poet Busiswa Gqulu gained prominence after featuring on popular South Africa’s DJ Zinhle’s song, ‘My Name Is.’ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/AFP via Getty Images.
10. Mwila Musonda, aka Slapdee
Mwila Musonda, aka Slapdee, is a Zambian hip rapper who uses his record label to raise donations for local orphanages and children’s hospitals.This is totally unfair.