Top 10 female African artists on YouTube you need to know about

Today is International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights. If you really want to get formal about it, its full name is the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. It was first celebrated on February 28, 1909 in New York.

While the day has been commemorated by protests, strikes and marches over its more than 100-year history, these days it honours and celebrates women in all countries in all sectors of society.

In celebration of the day, and in order to give you a taste of some of the amazing African female singers out there, here are  10 Female African artists on YouTube you need to know about.

In celebration of the day, and in order to give you a taste of some of the amazing African female singers out there, here are  10 Female African artists on YouTube you need to know about.

Africa is home to some of the most creative female talent on the planet, with the continent producing world-leading figures across multiple forms and genres.

Increasingly, that talent is using platforms like YouTube to make its presence known to the wider world. As connectivity costs continue falling and high-end camera technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, this is a trend likely to keep gathering pace.

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In order to give you a taste of what’s out there, and in celebration of International Women’s Day, here are 10 female African artists doing big things on YouTube right now.


Caitlin De Ville

Country: Zambia/South Africa

Caitlin De Ville is a Zambian Electric Violinist, based in South Africa. Her YouTube channel includes videos of her showing off her skills in incredible locations, behind-the-scenes looks at the filming of those videos, and candid vlogs.


Lorine Chia

Country: Cameroon

24-year-old Lorine Chia is Los Angeles-based these days but her roots are deep in Cameroon. She has written, produced and sang alongside greats like The Game, Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy and Jim Jones and a number of albums and EPs to her credit.


Sampa the Great

Country: Zambia

Sampa the Great brings a delightfully global perspective her sound – born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and now based in Australia, she is known for her powerful lyrics and deep subject matter.


Vanessa Mdee

Country: Tanzania
Vanessa Mdee enjoys mega star status at home and among her legions of fans across the continent. As well as being a talented musician she is also known for being Tanzania’s first ever MTV VJ.

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Zonke Dikana

Country: South Africa

Zonke Dikanya, popularly known as Zonke, is signed to TMP Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. She’s a multi-SAMA Award nominee across multiple years and her third album Ina Ethe went double platinum when it was released in 2011.


Tiwa Savage

Country: Nigeria


Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress who has been performing since she was 17. She has won multiple awards, co-written a Grammy-nominated song and has backed up the likes of Mary J Blige and George Michael.


Victoria Kimani

Country: Kenya

Known as the first  lady of music label Chocolate City, Victoria is known both for her musical hits and her sense of style. Aside from her career as a musician she also appeared in the Nigerian movie 7 Inch Curve.



Country: Ghana

Singer, songwriter and actress, Jane Awindor (Efya) comes from Ghanaian celebrity filmmaker stock – her mother is Nana Adwoa Awindor, a television host and filmmaker. Efya is signed to Wizkid’s Starboy label.

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Country: Nigeria

Waje’s stage name is actually an acronym, standing for “Words Just Aren’t Enough”. The Nigerian singer is famous for her versatile vocal range and has collaborated with a number of Nigeria’s top performers. She is one of the judges in The Voice Nigeria.


Yemi Alade

Country: Nigeria

Afropop superstar Yemi Alade first came to prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009. Best-known for her track “Johnny”, she has won multiple awards, including “Best Female” at the MTV African Music Awards in 2015 and 2016.  

Launched in May 2005, YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing billions of people to discover, watch and share video. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.

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One comment

  1. Fabrice Bekumsemkumaa Ampofo

    You people are really funny.
    Just say top 10 of anglophone female artists.
    Because francophone have their own top 10 too. And any of these artists are not in.