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Top 100 Afro House Artists of 2015

The Afro House sound has always been deep within the very roots of dance music culture. More and more producers are experimenting with the sound, as the tribal rhythms and hypnotic hooks catch the ears of house music lovers across the globe.

With drum styles and rhythms that have crossed continents and centuries, we now bask in the glory of today’s musical minds putting forward their own interpretation of what could be perceived as the true music of the Earth itself.

Anway, after that gushing tribute, here’s our Top 100 Afro Artists of 2015!

100: IQ Musique
99: DJ Oats
98: Blaq Owl
97: Alpha & Olmega
96: Infinite Boys
95: Mauritzio
94: Mzee
93: Klevakeys
92: DJ Embassy
91: King P
90: Jet
89: Rabs Vhafuwi
88: Jus Nativ
87: MSK
86: DJ Tea
85: Dvine Brothers
84: DJ X-Trio
83: XtetiQsoul
82: Sciorty
81: Kings of Groove
80: DJ Fortee
79: Echo Deep
78: King Bruce
77: Mus Threee
76: VeneiGrette
75: Jonathan Meyer
74: Pablo Martinez
73: Stones & Bones
72: MoBlack
71: Young DJ
70: TekniQ
69: Chris Deepak
68: The Scientists Of Sound
67: Savio De Simone
66: Max Marinacci
65: Rune
64: Sunlightsquare
63: Myles Bigelow
62: Vanco
61: Bob’Ezy
60: Blade Deep
59: Hallex M
58: Mizz
57: Afro Carrib
56: Nikos Diamantopoulos
55: Beebar
54: Loic L
53: Mobi Dixon
52: Infected Soul
51: Luka
50: Domscott
49: Ezel
48: Mike Steva
47: Norty Cotto
46: Realm of House
45: Nick Holder
44: Arnaud D
43: AfroDrum
42: DJ Angelo
41: Roland Clark
40: Cecil
39: Rocco
38: Randomized Coffee
37: Timmy Regisford
36: Zulumafia
35: Saliva Commandos
34: Diephuis
33: Jonny Miller
32: Peppe Citarella
31: Rancido
30: D-Malice
29: Osunlade
28: Justin Imperiale
27: Sobz
26: Problem Child
25: Spellband
24: Louie Vega
23: Oral Deep
22: Cristian Vinci
21: Benny T

20: Eltonnick

Johannesburg’s very own Nicky Elton Zama Masheke aka Eltonnick has had a great 2015, with releases on Soul Heaven, Bar Grooves, Diverse City Music and Baainar Records. His remix of Julian Jabre’s ‘War’ was absolute fire, don’t sleep if you haven’t heard.

19: Djeff

Born and raised in Portugal, Djeff Afrozila has never forgotten his African roots. In 2015 he has had a string of heavy hitting releases on uniquantize, Tribe Records and Kazukuta, whilst his work with Ron Carroll on ‘Love Vibrations’ really stood out for us this year. A great merging of the Afro beat sound and Rio Carnival vibes!

18: Jose Marquez

LA’s Jose Marquez was a man in demand in 2015. With releases on Local Talk, Basic Fingers and Yoruba Records, his hypnotic remix of Kiko Navarro’s ‘Isao’ put the world’s dancefloors in a trance, whilst ‘Belebo’ on Tribe Records really set our pulses racing.

17: Rhythm Staircase

Italian duo Maurice P and Stefano Riccardi make up Rhythm Staircase and they’ve enjoyed a prolific and relentless release schedule for 2015. With releases on Street King, Nite Grooves, deep motion and MoBlack Records, with stand out tracks including ‘The Feline’ and the sublime funk driven ‘Afropunk’ on House Tribes.

16: Anane

Hailing from an island just off the West Coast of Africa, Anané is a singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. She also runs her own NuLu and NuLu Electronic imprints. Her trademark sound saw releases on Vega Records, Defected and Size. Her work with Louie Vega saw the sublime ‘BSC’, whilst ‘Crossing Borders’ saw support from Tedd Patterson, David Morales and Hector Romero. Black Coffee also showed major support adding ‘Crossing Borders” & ’100 Years’ to his Mixmag mix compilation.

15: M. Caporale

Italian DJ/producer M. Caporale is one of the countries leading exponents of the Afro sound and 2015 has been a great year for the ex-member of Soul Collective. With a slew of releases on MoBlack Records, Muted Trax and House Tribe, we loved his tracks ‘Hermano’ on Cabana and also ‘Dune’ on Vida Records. Seriously sublime Afro rhythms.

14: Cuebur

Cuebur really came of age in 2015 with a series of superb releases on Soul Heaven, Defected and Open Bar Music,. We loved his collab with Thandi Draai on ‘Butterflies’ and also his work with DJ Shimza on ‘An Eye For An Eye’, both available at Traxsource through Soul Candi Records.

13: Oscar P

New York City’s Oscar P just kept hitting the sweet spot in 2015, with an array of releases on Doin Work, MoBlack, Deep Culture and Naughty Boy. Big tracks for us were ‘Going’ featuring Tatiana on Open Bar Music and his remix of Stu G’s ‘Touch of Soul’ on Kolour Recordings.

12: Ta-ice

Isaiah Mapuntshane Sefara aka Ta-ice is not only a great DJ/producer, he also runs the Room 38 Music. With a slew of releases on his own imprint throughout 2015, we loved his hypnotic Afro stomper ‘Found Voices’ and the drum-tastic ‘Coconut’ on Afro Rebel Music.

11: Zepherin Saint

A great year for producer, DJ, talent scout and co-founder of Tribe Records Zepherin Saint, who consistently fired out serious heat. His remix of Sounds of Blackness ‘Optimistic’ with Ann Nesby on vocals was a real highlight for 2015 and we can’t wait to see what Zepherin has in store for us next year.

10: Black Motion

Dynamic duo Black Motion joined forces 5 years ago and 2105 saw the pair really up their game with releases on Khaya Lyf and Nulu. We loved their work on ‘Nanka Lamaphoyisa’; a great collaboration with DJ Fresca and Tuna. This is a pure Afro house workout of the highest quality.

9: Atjazz

Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson is one of house music’s most adaptable DJ/producers and 2015 was another great year for the UK based taste maker. He remixed The RAH Band, Ralf GUM, Sean McCabe, Ferry Ultra and Sheila Ford on labels like Z Records, GOGO Music and Quantize Records in 2015, whilst his ‘Fox Tooth’ release picked up support from Karizma, Julius Papp, Jask and Manoo. If you know real music, you know Atjazz.

8: Mi Casa

Mi Casa is a band of individuals who bring their explosive talent together to create a unique and original sound. The band members are producer Dr Duda, vocalist and guitarist J-Something and trumpeter Mo-T. We loved their collab with Black Coffee on ‘Africa Shine’ and ‘Your Body’, both on 34 Music. Check them out.

7: Boddhi Satva

Central African Republic-born DJ/Producer Boddhi Satva really came into his own in 2015. With his superb album ‘Transitions’ on Offering Recordings, alongside a slew of releases on Atal, Grooveland Music and Local Talk, we simple loved his work with Teedra Moses on ‘Skin Diver’, whilst ‘Mama Kosa’ picked up support from two legends in Osunlade and Atjazz. A real stamp of approval.

6: Da Capo

DJ/producer Nicodimas Sekheta Mogashoa aka Da Capo, enjoyed a prolific 2015 with releases on BGMP, Soul Candi, DNH and Arrecha Records. It was his remix of ‘Your Body’ on 34 Music that really turned our heads, but make sure you also check out ‘Inner Light’. As part of Black Coffee’s Soulistic family, it’s onwards and upwards for this bright young talent.

5: Ralf GUM

Ralf GUM is one of the world’s most popular house artists and remixers. 2015 has been another outstanding year for him and we simply loved ‘In The City’ on his own imprint GOGO Music. Featuring the legendary South African trumpeter, composer and singer Hugh Masekela on, this is a seriously beautiful, hypnotic slice of Afro flavored soul.

4: N’dinga Gaba

N’Dinga Gaba really rocked 2015 with releases on MoBlack Records, Vessel, BBE, Sunclock and Guess Records. Stand outs for us were his amazing remix of Namy ft. Miwa’s ‘Lift Me Away’ on Global Diplomacy and also his remix of Randomised Coffee’s ‘Agboho’. Not only is N’Dinga a top quality producer, but he also plays the trombone with several symphony orchestras and jazz bands. Not many people can say that!

3: Manoo

With a diverse range of musical influences that bleed into his productions, Manoo has had a sublime 2015 with releases on Krome records, Uncover Music, unquantize and TRIBE Traks. We absolutely adored his remix of David Anthony’s ‘I Don’t Know Why’, which was without question one of the best Afro releases of 2015. Manoo is a name to know and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in 2016.

2: Black Coffee

The maestro and the leader of a whole continent of afro house heads, Black Coffee has enjoyed a sublime 2015. With releases on Soul Heaven, Defected, BBE and Offering Recordings, his ‘Deep In The Bottom of Africa’ with Monique Bingham on House Afrika was the one was us in 2015. Absolute legend and his star keeps on rising.

1: Pablo Fierro

What a year 2015 has been for Vida Records label boss Pablo Fierro, with a slew of releases on King Street, Nervous, Nulu and SOLE Channel.

Born and raised in the Canary Islands, Spain, his music is defined by a tropical and powerful sound. Pablo’s music can also be found in films produced by some of the most recognized directors of Spanish Cinematography such as Bigas Luna. Pablo writes his own lyrics and plays his own instruments, mastering guitar, bass, percussion and keyboard with added layers of electronic goodness. The man lives and breathes music and it’s this kind of passion that rightfully see him in our top spot for 2015.

We absolutely loved ‘Banguere’ on his own imprint; a hypnotically soulful Afro beat-fest that slayed dance floors globally. His remix of Till Von Sein and Mr V’s ‘The Manifest’ was off the scale amazing, as was his re-rub of Kiko Navarro’s ‘Lovery’. We could go on, but we just suggest you hit up his Traxsource page and bathe in the musical magnificence of Pablo Fierro.

We promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Pablo Fierro releases on Traxsource.