Ghanaian rappers, Sarkodie and M.anifest, have made their mark on the global stage by securing spots in the list of the Top 20 Influential African Rappers as the world marked the 50th anniversary of hip-hop earlier this month.
The list compiled by digital media platform, Okay Africa celebrates the evolution of hip-hop on the African continent and the diverse styles and talents that have emerged over the years.
In the comprehensive article, it explores how African rap including Ghana’s Asakaa Drill to Tanzania’s Bongo Flava, has managed to carve out its own distinct identity, each infusing their own cultural elements into the beats and rhymes
Sarkodie and M.anifest are listed as rappers who stand as luminous examples of this vibrant movement over the decade.
Sarkodie: Ghana’s Rap Luminary
Sarkodie, a trailblazing figure in the African rap scene, has captured the hearts of rap enthusiasts since he burst onto the scene. Known for his intricate wordplay and unique flow, Sarkodie’s music carries a distinctive touch that has earned him a dedicated fan base. With over a decade of dominance, he has not only paved the way for emerging artists but also played a crucial role in shaping rap culture in Africa. Collaborating with artistes from across the continent, Sarkodie’s influence extends beyond borders, solidifying his status as a rap icon.
M.anifest: A Force of Artistry
M.anifest’s musical lineage is deeply rooted, as his grandfather was a renowned ethnomusicologist and composer. This lineage is evident in his remarkable lyrical skills and songwriting abilities. Collaborating with acclaimed figures like Tony Allen and Erykah Badu, M.anifest is known for seamlessly blending Ghanaian and American influences in his work. As a socially-conscious rapper, he addresses pertinent issues such as politics and life, raising awareness about often-overlooked matters in Africa.
Celebrating African Rap Diversity
The list of influential African rappers also features a diverse range of talents from various countries. From Nasty C in South Africa to Blaqbonez in Nigeria, these artists bring their unique flavours to the global hip-hop scene. Each artiste represents a distinct fusion of indigenous sounds and contemporary rap, contributing to the rich tapestry of African hip-hop culture.
Check out the full list below
Nasty C (South Africa)
Nadia Nakai (Zimbabwe/South Africa)
Khaligraph Jones (Kenya)
Fik Fameica (Uganda)
Rosa Ree (Tanzania)
M.I Abaga (Nigeria)
Didi B (Côte d’Ivoire)
Bill Nass (Tanzania)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Femi One (Kenya)
Innoss’B (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Bomb$hell Grenade (Zambia)
As Sarkodie and M.anifest take their places among the top 20 influential African rappers, their impact is undeniable.
Their artistry not only propels the genre in Ghana and Africa forward but also solidifies their roles as torchbearers of African hip-hop.