Discover Africa Music - One Country at a Time
African Tribal Music and
Just like the continent itself, Africa music is so diverse that it
would be ignorant to just throw it all in one pot. Discover how each
nation has developed its own styles and musical identity.
Or are you looking for anything in particular? An artist? A genre? Just
make a search:
The dance music from both Kinshasa and Brazzaville is for fun-loving
people! Stars like Koffi
have brought N'dombolo, tcha tcho and other dance music genres
Ghana is a paradise for fans of both traditional drumming, tropical
highlife dance music and modern hiplife. Mustapha Tettey Addy
is one of the country's most prominent traditional drummers.
Thanks to former President Sekou Touré, traditional music is still
very popular in Guinea. The country can boast of many famous Masters of
the djembe drum
, like Bolokada Conde
or Mamady Keita.
Despite wars and trials, Ivorians are sweet and fun-loving people. Both
unrestrained coupé décalé dancing and socio-critical lyrics by artists
like Dobet Gnahore
or Alpha Blondy are part of their identity.
Mali seems to be an inexhaustible source of brilliant neo-traditional music with an exotic touch. Salif
are just two examples of the many famous artists
in the country.
Although Morocco certainly lies on the African continent, the music
from countries above the Sahara desert isn't really considered
"African". Visit www.everything-moroccan.com
Traditional music, fuji and highlife are the most
in Naija. Fela Anikulapo Kuti or P-Square
are some of the artists that the whole world has noticed.
This small country has produced big stars like Akon
, Baaba Maal
and Youssou N'Dour
. It is
famous for the popular music style called mbalax
which is based on traditional sabar drum rhythms.
The music of South Africa is as diverse as the nation's population. But
much of the music of its greatest stars (like Miriam Makeba
or Lucky Dube
) is influenced
by the struggles in former appartheid.
Tanzania's urban youth music called Bongo Flava is influenced by
Congolese styles, hip hop, R&B, pop and other modern genres
from Africa and
Zimbabwe is known for its centuries-old Shona tradition of the African thumb piano
mbira. Chimurenga is based on these mbira rhythms and now a very
popular African music genre
This list of Africa music is by no means complete. But it will give you
a first impression of the continent's musical richness.
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