CNN names Diamond Platnumz among Africa’s biggest music stars

CNN names Tanzanian recording artist Naseeb Abdul Juma alias Diamond Platnumz among top 10 Africa’s biggest music stars

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Diamond Platnumz is Africa’s biggest music star. PHOTO/CNN

Over the weekend CNN, an American news-based pay television channel compiled a list of 10 Africa’s biggest music stars and East Africa was proudly represented by Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB Wasafi) founder Diamond Platnumz.

CNN is one of the biggest mainstream media houses has been shaping opinions across the world with a team of experienced experts in almost every field.

And here is the CNN list of 10 Africa’s biggest music stars.

  1. Burna Boy.
  2. Angelique Kidjo
  3. Diamond Platnumz.
  4. Yemi Alade
  5. Tiwa Savage.
  6. Wizkid
  7. Mr.Eazi
  8. Sho Madjozi
  9. Busiswa Gqulu
  10. Mwila Musonda
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Burna Boy

Nigeria’s Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu aka Burna Boy was nominated for the Best World Music Grammy.

The African Giant earned the recognition basing on the milestones he has achieved in his music career. Just the other day Burna got nominated in for the Best World Music Grammy.

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.

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.

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.

In October Ms Alade dropped her 4th Studio Album titled “Woman of Steel”. In 2019 Yemi Alade set multiple YouTube records, and also dropped a career-defining collaboration with Rick Ross.

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Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage won the Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards, becoming the first woman to win the category.


Award-winning Nigerian entertainer, Wizkid has collaborated with multiple international artists including Drake, Wale, Skepta and Beyonce.

Mr Eazi

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.

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.”

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.’


Mwila Musonda, aka Slapdee, is a Zambian hip rapper who uses his record label to raise donations for local orphanages and children’s hospitals.

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