Crowdsourcing a list of Africa’s best musicians

My friend and Global Voices colleague Lova Rakotomalala is crowdsourcing a list of the 15 most influential musicians in Africa:

There is a list from 2006 on the Independent of the 50 greatest African artists, encompassing all type of arts chosen by a selected panel that also left a lot to be desired as far as representation of the whole continent (this might be a byproduct of deep cultural and lingual boundaries between regions).

Making a list for such a large, heterogeneous continent is bound to be flawed. But the purpose here is to celebrate and discover artists that do not get to receive the exposure that their western counterparts receive.

Top contenders so far: Nigeria’s Fela Kuti and Cameroon’s Manu Dibango. You can add your choices by commenting on Lova’s blog.