Today we are celebrating the OG’s of African R&B! Traditionally the R&B (Rhythms & Blues) genre began in African American communities in the mid 1900’s. R&B has evolved over the decades and has adopted many subcategories. Many notable R&B artists include, but are not limited to Stevie Wonder, @boyziimen, @therealmaryjblige, @babyface, etc. These very talented artists have broken records and made history on so many levels, but the genre of R&B still remained a very American dominated genre. And the continent of Africa had no one from its shores to really pave the way until some very talented and gifted artists like @officialpraiz, @bankywellington, @official2baba, @iamkingrudy @peterpsquare took up the mandate! Although these artists are very versatile in their style of music, they have played key roles in introducing R&B and keeping the R&B genre alive on the shores of Africa, and we celebrate them today:
We are kicking off our OGs of African R&B series with ‘Mr. Rich & Famous’ aka Africa’s King of R&B @officialpraiz! We respect this smooth crooner so much, because even though his versatility is undeniable, he still remains true to his R&B roots. Click on the video to listen to his song ‘Can’t Let Go’ and you will understand! And stay tuned, his new album #kingalbumpraiz is coming out soon! To view our interview with @officialpraiz click on to the Official Magazine Winter 2019 Edition icon in the header.
BANKY W @bankywellington
Our next OG of African R&B is none other than ‘Mr. Capable’ himself and Susu’s Boo @bankywellington! One of the pioneers of modern R&B in Africa, @bankywellington has transcended many boundaries. In fact, everything he touches turns to gold! Click on video to hear his hit song ‘Made for You’.
P-SQUARE @iamkingrudy, @peterpsquare
We cannot mention the OGs of African R&B without mentioning the dynamic duo P-square. ! The members of P-square @iamkingrudyand @peterpsquare have definitely played a major role in shaping the African music scene. Click on the video to listen to their hit song ‘No One Like You’.
Our next OG of African R&B is @official2baba. @official2baba is one of the most celebrated artists on the continent and is popularly know for his international hit #AfricanQueen! Click on video to listen to his song ‘Let Someone Love You’.