It was such an epic night at the One Africa Music Fest in New York on Friday, July 22 2016, when top African acts lit up the 19,000 capacity Barclays Center with their amazing performances.
One of the artistes who performed excellently well was Tiwa Savage and she was the only female artiste lined up for the night.
Although she did a pretty good job holding her own and nailing it as well, here are five African female we think could tow the same line for the event’s next edition.
1. Yemi Alade: This is one act the organisers should really be considering for the next edition. The two-time BET award nominee is guaranteed to give a show-stopping performance.
A bet would comfortably throw Yemi Alade into the challenge, easily.
Since winning the Peak talent show in 2009, the singer has put in work that deserves a platform such as this. Her stellar hits, Johnny and Na Gode, stand as testaments to this.
In the past one year, she has embarked on a continental takeover with her Mama Africa album; releasing songs in French and Swahili.
It wont be a bad idea to see her try her strut on more time at the One Africa Music fest with an aim to conquer.
2. Seyi Shay: For someone like Seyi Shay who has had her fair share of international spotlight following her membership with former UK girl-group – From Above, it shouldnt ordinarily be a problem to try on this stage.
Again, she has proved herself to be an exceptional performer over time and her songs which are partly western influenced would enable her connect easily with an American audience.
Also with her deal with UK’s Island records, she should hopefully have an international album out by next year’s edition which should help give her a bump.
3. Asa: In our own opinion, this is one artiste who should have made this year’s edition as she is by far Nigeria’s biggest female music export and one of Africa’s shining stars on the world stage.
Although Bukola Elemide aka Aṣa was born in Paris, France and majorly graces European stages, her music is immersed and influenced by the African culture.
It’s remains a mystery to how the French Constantin Award winner has not made a headway into the American market. However if there is one artiste who deserves to rock an American stage, then it is Asa.
4. Omawumi: Talk about a strong and powerful voice, one that would move any type of crowd irregardless of racial backgrounds and Omawumi Megbele would be your perfect choice.
The astounding talent was voted the 1st runner-up at the Idols West Africa show in 2009, and now the Law graduate has risen beyond just being a music competition contestant to an African phenomenon.
Omawumi is preparing to release her 3rd album which is positioned to make her a reference point in African Music.
Her versatility with genres gets her a thumbs up. Particularly, her reggae cover of Adele’s smash hit Hello re-echoes this.
5. Lira: Lerato Molapo is one that would hold audiences spell-bound and set hearts on fire through her soul-gripping music.
An 11-time South African Music Award-winning artiste and a multi-platinum selling artiste, Lira’s music which has been tagged as Afro-soul is a fusion of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African sound. She draws inspiration from her music idols such as Miriam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone.
Just like Asa, she brings a different feel to the party and should be considered for the next edition of the One Africa Music Fest in order to show the world another side of music from the continent.