Music from the Motherland! Every year the Brothers and Sisters in Africa share their remarkable ability to creating music and lyrics resonate with the African Diaspora.
A crisp sound, unique voice, and fresh perspective – sometimes the universe gifts us with musicians that seem to possess all the genius of legendary music icons.
Here are three artist Africa is giving birth to
Lorine Chia – Cameroon
Lorine Chia is a unique talent. The vocally gifted singer possesses a powerful voice that is soulful and silky, bound to hold you under its sweet spell and transport you to a whole new world.
At 23, the Cameroon-born, US-based singer has four projects, a mixture of albums and EPs. Picking up a guitar at the age of 15, Lorine taught herself how to play the musical instrument, unlocking a new realm of abilities and possibilities she never knew existed. “That right there started everything. When I started playing guitar, I found a way to piece together my music. That’s when I started writing actual songs because I found some type of sound to go along with those words I had been writing all along,” she reveals.
Worlasi – Ghana
Fast-rising star Worlasi made a lot of waves in his native Ghana last year with a string of songs that elevated the rapper and singer to new heights. The world was introduced to the lyrically sharp artist in 2015 when he dropped his debut project, a mixtape titled ‘Nus?’. The mixtape proved to be a success, gaining a few award nominations and spawning a collection of hit singles which showcased Worlasi’s versatility, depth, and uniqueness.
Sampa the Great – Zambia
Sampa Tembo, popularly known as “Sampa the Great”, creates music that is both refreshing and honest. Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, and based in Australia, the rapper and poet’s vast subject matter is inevitably shaped by her experiences in the countries she has lived in.
Growing up in a household of performers, where music was a constant presence (her father was a DJ and her mother was a dancer), creativity was instilled in Sampa at a young age. She started writing poetry at the age of nine and started rapping after hearing Lauryn Hill’s music.