This is a highlight of every African based artist that has recorded an entry on the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 is somewhat regarded as the most standard and credible chart in the world, and a very big feat for African artists to record an entry by original work.
According to Wikipedia, the Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine, chart rankings are based on sales (physical and digital), radio play, and online streaming in the United States.
List of African artists to ever debut on US Billboard Hot 100
Zenzile Miriam Makeba nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights, activist.
Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and the white-minority government in South Africa.
Mariam Makeba scored her first entry in 1967 with her song titled ‘Pata Pata’ it peaked 12 and spent 11 weeks, her second entry was in 1968 with her song titled ‘Malayisha’ peaked 85 and spent 3 weeks on the chart. she’s the first African artistes to chart on Hot 100.
Youssou Ndour is a Grammy award-winning Senegalese singer, songwriter, and composer, according to Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, he is “perhaps the most famous singer alive” in Senegal and a considerable part of Africa.
Youssou Ndour scored an entry in 1994 with his song titled ‘7 seconds’ with an assist from a Swedish singer, songwriter, and rapper Neneh Cherry, the song peaked at 98 and spent 4 weeks on the chart.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid rose to prominence in 2010 and attained global recognition in 2015.
Wizkid made his first entry with his original song titled ‘Essence’ in 2021, debuted at 82, spending its first week at the time of this post.