South Africa is a country that has seen many musicians with a variety of talents who are well versed in a variety of genres. Some of the most auspicious and renowned musicians in S.A include, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mariam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and many others. The list is endless and as much as we seem to know all of these musicians by name, there are certain other great musicians we don’t hear of often enough. The following are the 10 Extraordinary South African Musicians you’ve probably never heard of:

10 Remarkable South African Musicians You Must See

1. Abdullah Ibrahim

He was born in Cape Town South Africa on 9th October in 1934 and is one of the iconic jazz musicians. He is also a pianist, a composer, a bandleader and saxophonist. His music is a great reflection of the influence he got from the upbringing since it mostly has traditional and gospel undertones. He is basically considered to be the king of the Cape jazz sub genre of music. His music brings out the influence of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.

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2. Mariam Makeba

Mariam Makeba has been one iconic singer in South Africa as well as being the human rights activist. His greatest achievement is winning the Grammy award and was referred to as Mama Africa. She is remembered for being the first woman in Africa to take Africa music to the global scene with the song PATA PATA. She was born in March 4th 1932 and died in November 9th 2008.

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3. Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekala Ramopolo the father to the renowned Sal Masekela who is an American television host was born in April 4th 1939 in Witbank South Africa. He is famous for being a great Afrobeat and Jazz music. He started singing and playing piano at an age of 14 years and has become a greater singer until today winning several Grammy awards and other awards.

Hugh Masekela

4. Lucky Dube

This is amongst some of the most sort after African reggae musicians and a Rastafarian. In the 25 year of his music he was able to record more than 20 albums that had great hits. His murder in the October 18th 2007 left many people so painful and was a great loss in the reggae music industry.

Lucky Dube

5. Brenda Fassie

Also referred to as the queen of African pop by his fans, Brenda Fassie was a great anti-apartheid activist in South Africa and a great musician as well. She was well renowned for her boldness in singing and performing his music. Her music became popular not only in South Africa but all over the world. She was born in 1964 November and died in May 9th 2004.

Brenda Fassie