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Sheebah Karungi (Uganda)
Album Releases 2020
Musicians such as Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy are now established mainstream stars around the world, and global interest in African music has never been higher. With a successful career in her home country Uganda, Sheebah's music is now crossing boundaries. With a vibrant voice, Sheebah is an artist on a mission. From collaborating with other African artists to dance, to her fashion style, she's using her talent to take Ugandan music to the world.
These days there is little chance of that. It was streamed 5m times in the hour after it came out. All have record deals with major Western labels, clock up tens of millions of listens on streaming sites and attract thousands of fans to concerts. Previous African entertainers have enjoyed global success. But never before have so many African artists burst into the global mainstream together. The momentum extends to literature: this week Tsitsi Dangarembga, a Zimbabwean writer, and Maaza Mengiste, who was born in Ethiopia, were shortlisted for the Booker prize for fiction. Africa has long been seen as an importer of culture, say Matthias Krings and Tom Simmert, two academics, in a recent paper. The battered minibuses on the streets of capital cities attest to that, emblazoned as they are with the names of English Premier League footballers or American hip-hop stars. African countries are exporting more of their cultural output. The moment has been a long time coming.
The year follows in the footsteps of , a remarkable year for Afrobeats not only in Nigeria but also in the entire West African region, and has already seen incredible tracks released by some of Nigeria's best-known musicians. This playlist will be updated throughout the year, so make sure to bookmark it for your continuous listening pleasure. Surprise releases of this nature show an understanding of the contemporary media attention space, which is overflowing with competing stimuli. Burna Boy 's second single of the year is blowing minds.