The Most Powerful African Musicians

9. Hugh Masekela, Age:75, South African

The Jazz maestro and internationally renowned trumpeter have made consistent progress in his career. He started playing the trumpet at the age of 14 and has used his music to combat slavery, apartheid, as well as socio-economic exploitation. This famous musician published his autobiography in 2004; Still Grazing the Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela.

Hugh Masekela

10. Oumou Sangare, Age: 46, Malian

He is one of Mali’s most adored musical stars. This Award-winning Malian made the Wassoulou; a prominent traditional music specific to Mali, famous. The lyrics centre on feminism and the right of women. As a United Nations Goodwill ambassador, Sangare has been outspoken in advocating against polygamy. She is a successful entrepreneur who in 2006 partnered with a Chinese automobile firm to make a car that has been named after her; Oum Sang.

Oumou Sangare

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