The African diaspora has kept ‘Afrobeat’ in everyone’s mouths and in their playlists too, whilst also encouraging new artists to explore “afro music” in the ways they see fit. A perfect example of this is 22-year old Libianca, originating from Cameroon but based in Minnesota, US. Libianca’s childhood was filled with gospel, R&B, afrobeats, and Makossa, the amalgamation of all these genres effortlessly combined to create her music of today – afrosoul.
Perfecting her craft through several open mics and choir practices, Libianca sought to further expand her reach as a professional musician and appeared on Season 21 of The Voice US. The 22-year-old singer and her captivating voice attracted all four of the judges’ attention, but the show would see Libianca chose country music legend Blake Shelton, to be her coach throughout her time there.
Following on from her voice appearance, Libianca would go on to cultivate a tight-knit fanbase through social media with her mesmerising afrobeat covers, mash-ups and duets. She so effortlessly espouses vulnerability, empathy, and emotion through sweet melodies in a mission “to heal the world” and “allow people to accept themselves.” Many of her fans feel recognised and engage with Libianca on social media, discussing her positive impact on their well-being. Her breakout hit ‘People’ has amassed over 750K creations on TikTok and 4.5M views on YouTube. She is truly a star in the making and one to watch in 2023.