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4 African Female Rappers Holding It Down

BY STELLA WAAFRIKA

Hip-Hop is predominantly a male dominated industry but there are queens holding it down regardless of the gender under representation. These sisters have been and still continue to be on top of their game; given how competitive their niche is, they remain a force to reckon with on the continent.

In no particular order, these are the 4 African Femcees adding their flare to the Hip Hop scene in Africa.

Stella Mwangi



Popularly known as STL, Stella Mwangi is a Kenyan rapper/song writer based in Norway. Her work has been featured in films such as, Save The Last Dance, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile as well as TV series CSI: NY and Scrubs.
Not only is she holding it down for Africa but also Norway where she rose to fame after winning Melodi Prix 2011. Her hit single "Bad As I Wanna Be" was on rotation across various television and radio stations globally. STL is a multi-award winning Femcee.  Despite moving to Norway as a 5 year-old, the Haba Haba crooner is still much involved in Kenya and holds it dear to her heart.

Keko



Jocelyn Keko, commonly knows as Keko is undoubtedly the Queen of Hip-Hop in her native country Uganda. The multi-award winning artist was born and bred in the East African country, she's a BCom graduate who graced the game in 2010 after the release of her single "Fallen Heroes". Her star rose when "How We Do It" dropped. The single is also considered to be her break through into the the commercial music scene.

She's signed to music giant Sony Music Entertainment since 2012; making her the first Ugandan artist to be signed to the powerhouse record label.

Eva Alordiah



Eva Alordiah is one of the dopest female rappers to come out of Nigeria. The multi-talented artist also adds makeup artist, fashion designer and overall entrepreneur to her CV.  This Computer Science graduate has been on the music scene since 2008. In 2009 she released her first studio recording, "I "Dey Play". Most of you may remember her hit video "High" which enjoyed airplay on major television stations.
Eva has three albums under her belt; GIGO E.P (Garbage In Garbage Out), Eva and 1960.


Gigi LaMayne



South Africa's first teenage female rapper, Gigi LaMayne is the new kid on the block. The 20 year-old won Best Female Rapper at the South African Hip-Hop Awards in 2013. Gigi is also the first female to make it make it through the finals of Sprite Uncontainable 2013.

She recently signed to SA's sought after record label, Dream Team which is home to South Africa's finest Motswako Originator, Khuli Chana. She's young, fresh and talented with a bright future ahead of her.  Her single "Ice Cream" is still enjoying airplay. This Wits student has also been referred to as the sickest female rapper. We can't help but look forward to more of her music.

They are not just pretty faces, they have got the talent too.  #Winning

Which Femcee (s) do you think should be on this list? Feel free to share in the comment section :)

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