[Answers] Test your knowledge of Africa’s greatest musicians

January 20, 2018 at 10:32 am | Africa Quiz

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

January 20, 2018 at 10:32 am | Africa Quiz

1. His dexterity with instruments like the trumpet, guitar and saxophone made him one of Africa’s greatest musicians. He died of HIV/AIDS in 1997. Who is this legend? Fela Kuti 

2. Known as Mama Africa, this musician once had her passport cancelled and was denied entry into her own country as a result of her civil rights activism. Who was she? Miriam Makeba

3. Pictured below, he is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer and a businessman. He is also a former Minister of Tourism in his country. Who is he? Youssou N’Dour

Youssou N’Dour

4. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, the trumpet was known to be his companion, he loved to play with it always and was popularly known for producing African jazz music. Who was he? Hugh Masekela 

5. Born in Benin in 1960, this Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and activist (pictured below) is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine. Who is she? Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo

6. One of these music groups in Africa hasn’t won a Grammy Award? Konono Musical Group

7. Ali Farka Toure, Habib Koite, Oumou Sangare and Salif Keita are all African music legends. Which country are they from? Mali

8. Nas and Damian Marley sampled their song “Sabali” for a track on their Distant Relatives album. Known as the “Blind couple from Mali”, what is the name of this Grammy-nominated group? Amadou & Mariam

9. Afrobeats, highlife, apala and hiplife are very popular music genres from which part of the African continent? West Africa

10. This legendary multi-lingual Ivorian reggae musician (pictured below) can sing in his native language of Dioula as well as French and English. Who is he? Alpha Blondy

Alpha Blondy

 

 

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