African diaspora music

See also: African music

African Music Encyclopedia
Music from Africa and the African Diaspora. Has photographs and biographies of musicians, a glossary of African styles of music, a directory of distributors and places to buy music. By Janet Planet.

A "public community radio program, arts and cultural web site, an international musical archive to Africa and the Diaspora." Helps "emerging musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America cross over the barriers of the conventional music business and take advantage of the emerging digital marketplace for global music." Sells cds through Produced by Krowand Group Inc, a multi-media organization based in Woodbridge, New Jersey. [KF]

Has music tour schedules, workshops in dance and percussion, organizations, a discussion group, articles, race & identity in Cuba, films, photos, etc.   Based in Arlington, MA.

Afromix - Music
Promotes Afro-Caribbean music. Discographies of music by Artists, Countries, Styles, Instruments, Labels, Years. Announcements of music festivals, concerts. Links to related sites and sites selling CDs and videos. Site owned by Fabrice Gaillard of Paris, France. [KF]

Afropop Worldwide
Radio program by Georges Collinet of music from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Has the program schedules, discographies, how to access African radio stations with links to African radio web sites, biographies of African recording artists, a glossary of African musical terms, an annotated bibliography of books and magazines, tour information, and African recipes!

Black History and Classical Music: Composers and Musicians of African Descent
Devoted to Composers and Musicians of African Descent. It includes biographies, a discography and a Black History Quiz. Africans featured at the site are Fela Sowande and Samuel Ekpe Akpabot of Nigeria, and Mzilikazi Khumalo and Michael Mosoeu Moerane of South Africa. Maintained by William J. Zick, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Butcher, Vada E. - "The Merging of West African and European Cultures as Reflected in Early Afro-American Music"
Article in HUArchivesNet, the quarterly electronic journal of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard Univeresity, Washington, D.C. in partnership with Worldcom.

Kilimanjaro Entertainment
African entertainment, culture, events in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota.

Saint Louis African Chorus
"To preserve and encourage the performance of choral music in African languages....among people in America and other parts of the African Diaspora." Founded and directed by Fred Onovwerosuoke. Their Newsletter (includes profiles such as for Akin Euba). Announcements of other African vocal groups' events, profiles of groups (such as Hewale). "...5-day festival of choral music, rhythms and dances of Africa will include concerts, demonstrations, interactive tutorial classes, lessons, workshops, seminars, etc..." Features Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Mor Thiam, Mariama-Ba, Anicet Mundundu, and the St. Louis African Chorus. Based in St. Louis, Missouri. [KF]

Sila and the AfroFunk Experience
Band based in the San Francisco Bay Area, led by Kenyan Victor Sila. Sings in English and Swahili. Music & video clips. See also Maisha Productions,, and the Afrofunk Music Festival, July 27-29, 2006, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

"comprised of vocalist, Nasambu Barasa, and producer, Shaolin." R & B, reggae, neo-soul. "Nasambu Barasa, of Kenyan descent, has spent most of her life in California."

Voices of Africa
All women's a cappella and percussion ensemble. Director and founder is Nana Akosua Baakan Agyiriwah. "Songs from Nigeria, Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and the Americas along with Gospel and Children's Songs are performed" accompanied by traditional West African Percussion instruments. Offers workshops. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.