SOUTH AFRICA: Zahara
Late last year, her album “Country Girl” reportedly went gold in 24 hours, and a 2011 debut release, Loliwe, went platinum in 13 days.
The singer, who could be described as the South African equivalent of Tracy Chapman and who is carrying the torch of Miriam Makeba, has won eight South African Music Awards (SAMAs), including “Best Female Artist” and “Album of the Year.”
She is also a Nigerian Entertainment Award winner, Channel O Music Award winner, and Metro FM Music Award winner. She has also headlined performances with Africa’s top artists for music powerhouses including MTV Africa.