Despite having some of the most influential musicians from Senegalese Youssou N’dour through Cameroonian Manu Dibango and Malian Salif Keita to Congolese’s Koffi Olomide (and not forgetting the late great Fela Kuti of Nigeria and Miriam Makeba from South Africa), African musicians hardly ever feature on Billboard top 100 charts. Billboard features the best contemporary musical genres.
According to a statement from the Billboard site, musicians appear on their charts “based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring, as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.
These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen BDS, Nielsen SoundScan and Next Big Sound. In order for artists and title to chart in Billboard, they must be among the higher ranked performers among the specific metric used to compile the chart”.
So are African musicians not good enough to appear on billboard charts?. Short of creating an African version of billboard (we heartily support this) why do well established African artists Like P Square never appear on Billboard charts?
Please send in all answers by Wednesday July 24th 2013 for publication on Thursday July 25th on www.irokoheritage.com
(Not surprisingly, we received this question from Zambian hip hop musician Silverman Zambia who has two songs on the market you can listen to here
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The Iroko Team