Yes, it is true that Liberia lacks a well structured music industry. Yet, few Liberians artists are beating the odds to refine and shape the sound of the country’s music.
As a matter of fact, these artists are gradually gaining international recognition for their work, which gives one a sense of joy to know that foreigners are now appreciating the sounds of Gbema and Hipco music.
Without further delay, here are the names of the few Liberians who are making their motherland proud:
Arguably the best hit maker in the country at the moment, it seems that the “Kemah” crooner is on course to break into mainstream music in Nigeria.
The release of the single “Let dem talk,” a song featuring Nigerian megastar Kcee, is helping push DenG to make a breakthrough in the Nigerian music industry.
From the look of things, DenG is expected to continue his trend of being a refreshing voice on more star-studded songs in the near future, including ones with Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.
Why do we say so? Because DenG’s quest to fully break into the international music market started on the day he became the first Liberian musician to receive an MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) nomination, and his collaboration with Kcee, which is an indication of possible future collaborations in the works.
Since he emerged on the music scene a few years ago, DenG has bagged several awards, as well as helping to redefine and refine the sound of Afrobeat music in Liberia, which set the pace for others to follow.
Although F.A has not released anything new in the last three months, he is still considered as one of Liberia’s top rated artists whose music, influence and prominence is something his peers aspire to reach.
The “Bartender” singer, who collaborated with Nigeria’s Chidinma, became the first Liberian artist to receive one million views on YouTube.
In addition, F.A’s “Desire” with Chidinma was played for weeks on end on Trace and MTV Base, thereby expanding the artist’s fan base in that West African country.
Kanvee Adams, arguably the best female gospel musician in the country, is probably the most successful among her peers.
The gospel singer now turned politician made history last year when she became the first gospel artist to receive the KORA Awards nomination, the Pan-African equivalent of the American-based Grammy Awards, in the “Female Artist of the Year” category.
Her song, “Heart Desire,” was chosen to battle five other popular African artists, including Nigeria’s Laura George, South Africa’s Rebecca Malope, and Kenya’s Gloria Muliro, for the honor.
This came as the result of Kanvee, who is a multiple award winner, playing a major role in taking Liberian gospel music to another lever with soul touching lyrics and quality sounds loved by citizens of other countries.
Although his music is not popular back home, Flex is gradually putting Liberian music on the map with his collaboration with Akon on the hot banger “Holy Ghost Fire.”
The collaboration with Akon led to him being signed to Konvict Muzik— owned by the Senegalese-American superstar, which cultivated a large fan base and a staunch loyal following.
In spite of the lack of support for his music back home, Flex, who just won the “Best New Artist” award at the 2017 Liberia Entertainment Awards ceremony, has continued to forge ahead undeterred.