Artists and Artisans

There have been and there will always be a plethora of contributors to African Arts. Through their skills and craft, they add to the beauty, the depth and the overall richness of a continent that has been blossoming through those gifts, emancipating throughout the decades in spite of the less favourable times and never stopping to breathe, give and inspire.

These artists and artisans range from entertainers to craftsmen of all disciplines, either going the traditional way, the contemporary or modern way or some fusion of both. All fields see artistic work: music, paint, sculpture, architecture, circus, cinematographic arts, graphic design, rock art, dance, and a lot more.

Artists and Artisans

There have been and there will always be a plethora of contributors to African Arts. Through their skills and craft, they add to the beauty, the depth and the overall richness of a continent that has been blossoming through those gifts, emancipating throughout...

Glad Amog Lemra

Glad Amog Lemra

Glad Amog Lemra is more than an artist, if that is ever possible. He is an artisan and a self-proclaimed one at that and rightfully too. He crafts the words around his tongue, his plume, the reel, so as never to compromise his spirit, his integrity. The emotional...

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son...

Kassav (Antilles)

Kassav (Antilles)

According to Brenda Berrian, on Music and Culture in the French Caribbean, the Caribbean band Kassav’ not only and I quote 'invented the music zouk', "they said they wanted to invent a music that would capture not just the Caribbean, but the entire world. They wanted...

Angélique Kidjo (Benin)

Angélique Kidjo (Benin)

Born in Benin (West Africa), Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo's internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana,...

Eboa Lotin (Cameroon)

EBOA LOTIN was born on the 06th August 1942 in DOUALA CAMEROON, of a religious pastor father, Adolphe LOTIN SAME (renovator of the Cameroon Baptist Church), author of more than 400 hymns (interpreted by Francis BEBEY in his beginnings) and a busy housewife mother. He...

Pierre Akendengué (Gabon)

Pierre Akendengué (Gabon)

Pierre Akendengué is a singer-songwriter from Gabon who mixes his African upbringing and his European further education to find and never part from his true self. He is one of the great masters of contemporary African music and has been for now about 4 decades. He was...

Kanda Bongo Man (DR Congo)

Congolese Soukous Superstar, Kanda Bongo Man was a favourite of the late, great John Peel and was first introduced to UK audiences by Peter Gabriel at the inaugural WOMAD festival. He has headlined world music festivals throughout the world, and his performances...

Manu Dibango

As it was , he was affected by musical grace in the very first years in the protestant temple. Little Manu on the road between Paris and Brussels, thanks to the masters he discovers (Armstrong, Ellington, Young, Parter...) wandering in places where jazz rips the...