Zambian music is a commonly used word in the country of Zambia today, located in southern Africa with a population of 15 million. This has been made possible due to the positive music drive, and passion for music infused in most Zambian musicians. . They have brought joy in the country because today in every corner of the country, streets and bars play local music, known as Zambian music. These musicians mostly record there music locally, produced and promoted online for downloads and exposure through websites in Zambia. These local musicians have been making the country proud through art, reflecting the countries music culture, and making Africa understand that music definitely lies at core and culture of Zambian music. These artists grind and push hard to put the nation of Zambia on the map through music.
Below is a list of “Top 50 Zambian musicians you must know”, singers and rappers that have gone a milestone of collaborating with international stars. Enjoy
Chef187 is a Zambian hip hop front liner. Former Pro flight ambassador from Copper belt Province. Very popular among Zambian rappers and signed under Alpha Entertainments Music. He is a young brother to Macky 2. Stated that, “the name Chef 187 means to kill, cook and serve”. Music is like food, and he serves Bars by been chef of hip hop in Zambia.
Born Mwila Musonda on the 27th of April Slap Dee. His career began to get moving in 2006 when he worked on a song called “Asembe isebenza” and was identified by promoter Sync as a rising star. His debut album bearing the same name was a commercial disappointment but earned Slap decent radio spins and generated a buzz in the Hip-hop underground. His follow up effort entitled “so che” catapulted the young rethymith to national stardom. Featuring hits like “Sololá” and “Takwaba”. Slap Dee strength lie in a unique ear for music, an intuitive understanding of the listening public’s tastes and his strong song writing skills. With the ability to compose a sung hook, a strong 16 bar rap verse or a melodic bridge, this triple threat of beat making, songwriting and rapping certainly make Slap Dee a star for many years to come in African music.
Macky 2 whose real names are Mulaza Kaira was born on 10 October 1984. Mostly known as Dj Bugar, and Flava Boy. Award winning Zambian musician, singer, and producer. Known for participating in the ninth season of Big Brother Africa. Apart from music, He is a founder of a none governmental organization called Hope Foundation, which supports orphans and vulnerable children. Elder brother to Chef 187. Released multi selling albums Ghetto President (2018), Legendary (2012), Ndimupondo, Too Much Influence (2012) and Zero to Hero (2013).
Zambian born, British bred singer songwriter, Katongo Temba aka KT, has been writing songs since the age of 11. Her musical style is best described as Afropop. This comes through in her debut EP entitled “My Way” which is packed with dance influenced tracks laced with African drums and Caribbean rhythms that instantly grab your attention and showcase her ability to deliver meaningful lyrics with strong, yet soothing vocals. Since Katongo’s debut on the music scene, her sound has become signature and has drawn support from tens of thousands of fans across the world. Between 2012 and 2013 Katongo’s songs ‘Tonight’ and ‘So good’ enjoyed regular play on, Amazing radio (UK), Nottingham 97.5 Kemet fm and Shoreditch radio (England), Beat 99.9 fm (Nigeria) Flava Fm (Zambia) to name a few. In 2014 her single, JOY, featuring J.K, saw her get regular airplay on Naija FM, Beat 99.9 fm Nigeria, BBC 1xtra UK and Zambia’s Power fm, Hot 87 fm, Flava FM and Qfm. ‘Joy, Joy’ went on to peak at number 7, on the Beat 99 FM Radio Nigeria and Naija 102 fm Radio
Pompi is an Entrepreneur, and CEO of Atmosphere Nation & Lota House. Had the opportunity to be recognized on an African level, with videos that have played on commercial channels such as MTV Base and Channel O. During this period, he finished off 2009 as number one on young gifted and African. Acting as an ambassador to African youth, showing the achievements that can be made off talent. And has been recognized by credible individuals such as Chief Igbinedion of Nigeria’s, Prince Africa Zulu South Africa and former president of Zambia Rupiah Banda.
Miriam Mukape, popularly known as “Mampi”. Is one of Zambia’s top artists who has also performed in many countries around the world? She is known for songs like Maloza, Not Reachable, Nkani among others and was Zambia’s representative in the 2012 Big Brother Africa Competition which was held in South Africa. Mampi has done a lot of international shows and receiving massive airplay around the world. Her major tours have opened Zambia doors for many other artistes.
T SEAN is an award winning recording artist and live performer. T-Sean, also widely known by the nicknames “Dj/Mr./ Baila”, “Dancehall Daddy” and “Thee High Grade,” attained pop-hero status in Zambia with the heavy Afro pop Influence, heartfelt love songs, a dancehall tone, traces of hip-hop and a phenomenal public persona. He first broke out in 2010 with the hit singles “Wonder Why” and “Show Me Your Swag”, releases that attracted many music fans and topped radio charts. Ever since, there is no party in Zambia without T-Sean‘s music, he’s as popular and influential as ever, and even more prolific. As a producer, his collaborations with fellow musicians eventually turns into Gold Macky2’s Lolo Lolo, TBwoy’s I Miss You, Dj Cosmo’s She Aah Bomb and more. T-Sean’s music career is defined by 5 Studio Albums, Adam (2012), 90 Days (2013), Time Bomb (2014), Faith (2016), Comfort Zone (2016) and a collaborative studio project with TBwoy called “One Day” which houses chart topping hits, “Don’t Lead Me On” and “Kalimba”.
Kantu “Kantu” born April 5th. In February 2014, Kantu released her hit single #Mungeli which attracted so many people’s attention. Since then, the beautiful and talented Zambian Artist Has grown into a Celebrated Artist In and Outside Zambia with Hits like Lonely, Koneki, Million, Remember, Namasandu etc. topping charts. Cantu is a versatile artist who has won a number of awards in the past. On 28th April, this beautiful sexy diva won the Award for BEST FEMALE ARTIST in the Annual Zambian Music Awards.
Born and raised in Ndola, Zambia. Her Father is the Late Apostle Simon Mhone and her mother is Pastor Royce Chanje Banda who is currently living in Lusaka city. Leading songs Nyimbo Zako, Chi Daddy, Translate (Zone am cover), Nthenda and Ambuya feature on it. She has done a number of collaborations with fellow artists; Jay Rox, Cleo Ice Queen, General Ozzy, Maureen Lilanda to name a few.
Brian Bwembya known as B Flow, is a Dancehall and Hip Hop Artist, Media Entrepreneur, Peer Educator and Founder of Music For Change Initiative And a global ambassador in the fight against HIV/AIDS for the American organization AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).. The first Zambian artist to launch an album at the US Embassy. The stage name B Flow was inspired by people who loved his ‘flow’. B Flow also took a new direction with his music, changing his genre to what is now known as “KaliDanceHall” (A mix of traditional Zambian Kalindula music and Dance Hall).
OTHER ZAMBIAN MUSICIANS INCLUDE:
- NATILIE SADE
- CRISIS MR SWAGGER
- CHANDA MBAO
- JAY ROX
- MIC BURNER
- CLEO ICE QUEEN
- BOBBY EAST
- PETERSEN ZAGAZE
- SAMPA THE GREAT
- MUMBA YACHI
- L MUKUKA
- OC OCILLIATION
- 408 EMPIRE
- JAE CASH
- T LOW
- KING DANDY
- ZONE FAM
- JORDAN KATEMBULA (JK)
- S ROXY
- KENNY ONE
- ORGANIZED FAMILY
- RAY DEE
- KAY FIGO
- ABEL CHUNGU
- DANNY KAYA
Music from Zambia has been slowly making its way into the international music scene, slowly collaborating with some of the biggest names in the business, including foreign musicians. Today most musicians still play and perform live music and gospel music including Zambian worship for some musicians have actually made a living from the shows and money from selling of albums, to awards won locally making some of them among the richest Zambian tunes musicians and board of musicians called Zambia Association of Musicians coordinates and manages the affairs of these musicians in Zambia.