Africa

Meet the Afropolitans

Updated 10:09 AM ET, Fri February 17, 2012
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David Adjaye is one of the world's most sought-after architects. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents he is now based in London.
Time Magazine has listed economist Dambisa Moyo as one of the "100 most Influential People in the World." Born in Zambia, Moyo went to university in the UK and the United States. Her books "Dead Aid" and "How the West was Lost" have been controversial and influential. Getty Images
South African vocalist and producer Spoeke Mathambo has pioneered a kind of "township tech" that incorporates elements of electro, house and dubstep. His tunes can be heard on discerning dancefloors around the world. courtesy run music
Singer Mayra Andrade is a true globetrotter. Born in Cuba, raised in Cape Verde, she has also lived in Senegal, Angola and Germany, and now lives in Paris. Her jazzy bossa nova ballads are winning her fans all over the world. courtesy Joao Wainer
Artist Chris Ofili was born in Manchetser, England to Nigerian parents. His work has drawn inspiration from a research trip to Zimbabwe. He is a former winner of Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for art, and his works include "No Woman, No Cry," pictured. Getty Images
London-based fashion designer Hazel Aggrey-Orleans was born in Germany to a German mother and Nigerian father, and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She says her colorful designs reflect her multi-cultural background and global travels. courtesy Peter Wormleighton
Andy Allo is a Cameroonian singer and guitarist who's now based in the United States. She has performed with Prince and produces what she describes as "alter-hip-soul." Getty Images
Now 72 years old, South African musician Hugh Masekela proves you don't have to be young to be an Afropolitan. "Hugh Masekela is definitely Afropolitan," says Brendah Nyakudya, editor of Afropolitan magazine. "He has traveled the world but has come back and lives in Soweto with his people." Getty Images