1) Gary Clarke Jr
Gary Clark Jr. is an American guitarist considered by some to be the leader of the Austin, Texas rock scene, playing in a style that has at times been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has been acclaimed as the savior of blues and Rolling Stone declared him “Best Young Gun” in its April 2011, “Best of Rock” issue. His live performances, as well as his recordings, blend rock, soul and blues, infusing fluid guitar with a guttural howl and a falsetto trill that mix together.
Check him out in this video:
Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, who was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page. Already a superstar in the Tuareg community, with the release of Agadez on Cumbancha Discovery Bombino’s stature as one of Africa’s hottest young guitarists has been revealed to the world.
Here are 2 videos of him so you get an idea:
SMOD is a young rap group from Mali who were discovered by Manu Chao when he was producing the groundbreaking album, Dimanche a Bamako, by the accomplished duo, Amadou and Mariam. One of the members of SMOD is the son of Amadou and Mariam. Their music is a great mix of Mali style guitar work, catchy Manu Chao riffs with political lyrics and some African rap in there. It is such happy music and sooooo catchy even if you can’t understand the lyrics.
Here are 2 videos to get an idea of their catchy music: