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Interesting people from Africa

 

Africa is full of heroes who have made significant achievements and a huge impact not just in their countries or on the continent, but on the rest of the world. Find out who some of them are right here or add your entry.

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti is the oldest son of the legendary Nigerian afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti who died on the 2nd of August 1997.

Femi quit school in 1984 to play alto sax in his father's band. In 1986 he split off from the band to form his own band called Positive Force. He sang about power politics. In 1999 he was rewarded a record deal with MCA for his 1999 release Shoki Shoki. The song was basically about the political history of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Femi is still a force to be reckoned with in the afro-pop genre.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:49
 

Mo Amin

Mohamed Amin (1943-1996) was a Kenyan photojournalist noted for his pictures and videotapes of Ethiopian famine. He founded Camerapix company in 1963 in Dar es Salaam and moved the company to Nairobi three years later. Amin's photos, along with Michael Buerk's reporting of the 1984 Ethiopian famine brought international attention to the crisis and eventually helped start the charity wave that resulted in Live Aid concerts. Apart from Ethiopian Famine, he contributed exclusive photos of the fall of Idi Amin and of Mengistu, and was author of numerous books, including Journey Through Pakistan, and covered various themes like East African Wildlife and the Uganda Railway.In June 2006, “Mo and Me”, a documentary film about him was premiered.

 

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi is the best-selling artist in his home country of Zimbabwe, Africa. Oliver began recording in the mid-1970s as a member of Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. After Wagon Wheels rolled to fame in Southern Africa, Tuku formed Black Spirits, the band that has backed him throughout his career. Mtukudzi has continued to perform regularly in Zimbabwe, but has never confined himself to his home country, performing at various international events, including touring through Europe in November 1997 with a collaboration of 12 Southern African musicians called Mahube.

   

Baaba Maal

Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal's compositions range from the purest traditional sounds to innovative fusion. An artist with a social conscience, Baaba Maal is a remarkable voice for Africa; he represents the United Nations Development Program as a UNDP Youth Emissary and is a spokesman on the issue of HIV/Aids in Africa; and for over 15 years he has been using his music to express his concerns and empower his people. Source: Africa confidential

 

Ali Farka

Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré (October 31 1939 - March 6, 2006 ) was a Malian singer and guitarist, and one of the African continent’s most internationally recognised musicians of all time. His recording career began in France in 1976, but that phase of it ended poorly, as Toure was never properly compensated His music is mostly traditional Malian music and the blues. He was voted number 76 on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

   
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