Black Music Talents You Must Know For 2021

Written by on April 18, 2021

Music is a source of positivity when we need it most – Afrobeats artists such as Davido, and Burna Boy are gaining international stardom, while Afro-house is also making its way to the centre of the electronic scene.

Now more than ever, discourse, collaboration, and cultural exchange are happening across the music industry, with the results speaking for themselves. Here are nine of Vogue’s favourite emerging Black musicians


Pa Salieu

Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu makes music to be played carelessly loud from surround-sound speakers. The rumbling basslines of his contagiously melodic delivery and improvisational vocal style has helped Salieu defy the confines of genre from the start. Hailing from Coventry, England, Salieu’s outsider mentality and drive has only worked in his favour as singles “Dem A Lie”, “Frontline” and “Betty” separated him from the pack. 


This Toronto poet, singer and songwriter launched his music career in March 2020, yet he is already commanding global attention. After building a name for himself on the Canadian creative scene as Mustafa the Poet, as well as co-founding rap group Halal Gang.

Bree Runway

This Ghanaian-British superstar-in-waiting boasts many personas: on “All Night”, she’s a silken songstress. On the Missy Elliott-approved “APESHIT”, she’s a charismatic rap star while on her latest single “LITTLE NOKIA”, Runway brilliantly delivers punk-pop princess.

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