African Music

African Music

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Addis Live: Ethiopian Music
Ethiopian music and radio. "contemporary, popular, and traditional Ethiopian music, features traditional Ethiopian songs such as Tizita, Bati, and Ambassel played by modern and traditional musical instruments....... includes hundreds of popular and contemporary songs by famous Ethiopian artists such as Tilahun Gessesse, Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Aster Aweke, Gigi, Neway Debebe, Ephrem Tamiru and more." News, photographs. Artist interviews, short stories (in Amharic). Links to artists' sites. [KF]

Africa 05
Site closed. "the biggest celebration of African culture ever organised in Britain, including visual arts, cinema, literature, history, music, craft, and performing arts." Had photograph exhibits. Africa 05 is a partnership of the Arts Council, the British Museum and the South Bank Centre. Site by the British Broadcasting Corp.

Africa Live: Roll Back Malaria Concert
African Music superstars joined forces to roll back Malaria in a March 12-13, 2005 concert in Dakar, Senegal. A blog has artist profiles.

Africa Pachanga
In Spanish. African music radio program, part of Radio Enlace (Madrid, 107.5FM), presented by D. J. Jesus Herranz. Mondays at 20:00-21:00 Spanish hours. Plays afrobeat - Fela Kuti and others. The latest shows are at Site has ads.

Africa Remix, London, U.K., 10 Feb 2005 - 9 Apr 2005
Content no longer available. Festival of contemporary artists [Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare, Jackson Hlungwani, El Anatsui, William Kentridge and other], musicians, dancers. "the biggest exhibition of contemporary African art ever held in Europe. It includes work by over seventy artists from Algeria to Zimbabwe, as well as African artists now living in Europe and North America." Had classroom activities. [The BBC's Africa 05 - celebration of African culture was held February-October 2005].

Les Africains de la chanson francophone
In French. Listen to audio samples, learn about music from different genres and countries. Created with support from the Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. On the web site of Le Hall de la chanson.

African Channel
"independent cable network showcasing soaps, films, music, reality TV and news shows......" "set to launch on Cox Communications cable September [2005]. " Based in North Hollywood, California; office in Johannesburg.

African Hip Hop
Everything about African hip hop. Formerly Rumba-Kali. Covers hip hop groups from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zaire, Zimbabwe, etc. Articles from the late 1990s to date. Listen to the Rumba-Kali radio (African hip hop around the clock; you'll need a sound card, speakers, and Real Player). Hosts a number of African music discussion forums. Site by Rahh Records of Leiden, Holland.

African Music, Journal of the International Library of African Music
Articles are open access (free online) except for the most recent two years. Browse by issue, author, or title. "established in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, founder of the International Library of African Music."

African Music Archive
The archive at the Institute of Ethnology and African Studies, Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany, opened in 1991, has a collection of modern African popular music recordings and videos. The collection includes c.400 East African records, a collection of 716 78rpm records of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service. Also covers Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zambia; "Zaire is given special attention as the Institute generally has a long tradition in Central African Studies."  Has links to numerous other African music, musician, and ethnomusicology sites and information on courses offered. [KF]

Search the University's online catalog for recordings. For individuals, use last name, first. Example - Ampadu, Nana

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.

African Music Pages - Alisdair MacRae Birch
"Featuring West African Highlife, Palm Wine and Central and East African Soukous." Information on kinds of music styles with links to cd pages, some audio clips. Site by Alisdair "Chirps" MacRae Birch, a jazz guitarist / composer.

African Music Source
The site of Inner Spirit Records and three San Francisco Bay Area African bands, Kotoja (Afrobeat big band), West African Highlife Band (all-star African music masters), and the Nigerian Brothers led by Baba Ken Okulolo (folk and palm-wine acoustic village music). Concert schedule, CDs, sound clips.

Africori, Licensing Music Made In Africa To The World
" synch licensing platform for African music connecting independent artists based in Africa with advertising agencies, film/TV producers, music supervisors and any businesses anywhere in the world that need to license music for their films, TV shows, documentaries, commercials or video games." Create playlists. Submit your music on a CD. Have an original song composed. Offices in Cape Town, South Africa and London.

Africultures, le mensuel des cultures africaines (Les Pilles, Nyons, France)
Mainly in French. Site for the print journal. Covers, arts, literature, cinema, music, theater, etc. Has selected full text articles. "...offers a French-language listings diary and information service updated every day, and a condensed monthly version in English."

African music internet radio and videos. African, Afro-Caribbean, Reggae, Jazz, Zouk, Oldies and Today's Hits 24/7. Artist interviews, CD reviews, news. Has the video, Ugandan All Stars - A Little bit of Love.

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.

Afro-Europe. International Blog
Music artists in Europe. Life in different countries. Links to diaspora sites.

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! - Music
Articles from African news sources on, mainly, popular African music but also some articles on traditional music. RSS Feed:

Alsarah & and Nubatones
"...they blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan." " residing in Brooklyn, NY, she performs music from different parts of the Middle East, and East Africa. Most recently, she has been working with The Sounds of Taraab"

Amaize, Odekhiren
"Odekhiren Amaize, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Nigeria.... He was a Fellow at Opera Music Theater International, performing and studying under Jerome Hines, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Moscow. ... the bass-baritone has performed internationally in recitals of art songs." He is seeking "African Art Songs composed in African or "foreign" languages from various parts of the continent (including works by male and female composers) in the Western Classical Tradition of 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries." Audio file samples of African-American, Russian art songs, Shakespeare sonnets. [KF]

American Museum of Natural History. Congo Expedition, May 1909-November 1915 [Music]
"In 1909,...Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo....By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens..."

  • Excerpts from "African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire," by Enid Schildkrout and Curtis A. Keim (AMNH and University of Washington Press, 1990) including their photographs of Congo musical instruments.
  • "160 publications including 120 American Museum of Natural History publications based on the material collected by the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition, 12 British Museum publications by Barry Bolton on Congo ants, 11 publications on African ants by the South African Museum and affiliated organizations, and 17 Congo-related World Conservation Union (IUCN) publications."
  • Audio (requires sound card, headset or speakers) and video clips of the Belgian Congo Records made by the "adventurer and filmmaker Armand Denis during his 1934-35 cross-Africa expedition. They were among the first recordings made of the sounds of the central Congo. The Babiara people, whose songs may be heard..... are one of the four main tribal groups who occupy the Ituri Forest." The video clip shows a traditional Mangbetu dance.
  • Abibliographic essay on sources by Paula Willey, specially prepared bibliographies on Congo Conservation (314 citations), Description & Travel (1218 citations), Maps & Atlases (220 citations). [KF]

Arcenio de Almeida - Facebook Page
Author, composer and musician from Quelimane, Mozambique. 

"...the website of ComMattersKenya Limited, a Nairobi-based arts, culture, communications and media firm......covers fine art, books, music & dance, film, video & television, fashion & beauty, puppetry, storytelling & theatre, entertainment, leisure and lifestyle in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,..." Web magazine founded by Ogova Ondego. Articles on copyright in Kenya, homosexuality, festivals, etc. [KF]

Association of Nigerian Musicologists
"...established in Musicological Association of Nigeria (MSN)...... caters for the interests of all academic and professional musicians in Nigeria." "The 10th annual conference of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists (ANIM) holds between August 22nd and 27th, 2011 at the Department of Music, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria."

[Avorgbedor] Dr. Daniel Avorgbedor
Formerly with the School of Music, Ohio State Univ. Columbus.

Awadi, Didier
Senegalese rap artist. Recorded a 2006 hit song (BBC July 10, 2006 article), Sunugaal, about the plight of Senegalese migrants trying to reach Europe.

Awesome Tapes From Africa
Brian Shimkovitz introduces and comments on new popular music. Listen to album tracks. Order tapes via Paypal. 2012 interview with Shimkovitz. Links to related web sites. [KF]

Baaba Maal

Balafon Music Awards
"Elle décerne chaque année des trophées aux meilleurs artistes et promoteurs de la musique camerounaise." Chosen by music audiences, fans.  Facebook page. 2021 Awards

Les Ballets Africains, National Dance Company of the Rep. of Guinea - Facebook Page
Formed in Paris in 1952 by distinguished Guinean choreographer, Keita Fodeba.  The company is managed by World Music Productions Inc., Wisconsin. [KF]

BBC - Music

[Bebey] Francis Bebey. Cameroon (1929-2001)
Composer, writer from Cameroon.
See also New York Times, June 7, 2001 obituary - Francis Bebey; African-Music Expert, 72

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.

Bloco 4 Foundation - Mozambican publications on Hip Hop and publications on Mozambican Hip Hop
Bibliography of books, articles, theses, book reviews. A few are free online. Based in Maputo, Mozambique.

British Library. Archival Sound Recordings (London)
For non-UK users, access is only to selected recordings. Search their catalog. For example, a search on Senegal produced over 700 citations to recordings (Senegalese musicians, interview with Youssou N'Dour, bird calls, etc.) You can limit the search to Oral Histories. Copies of recordings can be purchased; "however "recordings which are less than 50 years old are all in copyright and you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner before a copy can be made." The Archive is digitizing ten collections including the D. Rycroft South Africa recordings 1960s-70; the Klaus Wachsmann Uganda recordings 1949-54; and the BBC World Service African Writers Club.
Giles Swayne Senegal Collection - Nearly 20 hours of Jola music recorded in January and February 1982 in The Gambia and Senegal by British composer, Giles Swayne.
Decca West African Recordings (circa 1948-1958) - Listen to music from African countries, highlife, drumming (Gambia) recordings, etc.
Online are audio clips of:

  • A conversation [and music] with Dr Janet Topp Fargion, Albert Ssempeke, his son John (Ugandan musicians) and Andy Cooke (performer and scholar of Ugandan music) on the place of tradition in Ugandan music today.
  • The Tony Kofi Quartet, recorded at The Falcon, Clapham, 1996.
  • Ghanaian-born and Berklee College-educated Kofi is a veteran of
  • Gary Crosby's Nu Troop.

British Library - Syliphone record label recordings from Guinea
"recordings...from the Radio Télévision Guinée archives, created in the Republic of Guinea under the Presidency of Sékou Touré (1958-1984) following independence from France." In many languages spoken in Guinea. Find recordings by Performer, Language, Title, Recordist.

BUDAMusique - Musique du Monde
Paris, France company which sells African music cds including the 7 album set, Ethiopiques. Has brief audio samples.

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.

Cabral, Amandio - Cape Verdean Music
Caboverdian musician and composer Cabral now makes his home in San Francisco. Audio clips, news, interviews. CDs can be ordered from the site.

Cora Connection
The site has closed. The Internet Archive has archived the site. World music ensemble led by kora player David Gilden. Describes the kora, ngoni (lute), balaphone (like the xylophone), biographies of musicians (Mali guitarist, Djelimady Tounkara; Senegalese singer, Cheikh Lô). Information and CDs of the the Super Rail Band (Mali). Sells CDs and cassettes of "recordings that we consider to be exceptional." Offers workshops for schools. Sells beautiful hand-crafted musical instruments." Included with any kora is a day of instruction with David Gilden, who will teach you how tune, fix broken strings when they occur, and get you started on learning the basics of the music." The kora is played in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali. Based in Texas. [KF]

[Costa] Manecas Costa Facebook Page
Audio clips

CWJEF Music Publications
Publishes "scores, sheet music and music books on traditional and contemporary music from Central-West Africa. Music by Cameroon musician Emmanuel Tanka Fonta. Based in Berlin, Germany.

Daara J
Hip hop trio with roots in Senegal. National Public Radio articles and samples of their music. BBC 2003 article. Wrasse Records information.

Dandemutande: a Resource for Zimbabwean Music & Culture (Seattle, WA)
"For lovers of Zimbabwean music & culture". Has articles from the Dandemutande magazine, a calendar of Zimbabwe music and cultural events worldwide, a directory of performers, teachers, instrument makers, and links to web sites, and a mail order catalog (books, music, film, art, etc.). Has a moderated discussion list for announcements and discussion on Zimbabwean music.

[Dawuni] - Rocky Dawuni
Ghanaian reggae singer.

[Diabate] Toumani Diabate
My Space Page - kora musician from Mali, band leader, teacher, musical conservationist and composer. His biography, continuous audio clips, concert dates, videos, photos.
World Circuit Records - Biography, audio clips, video, photographs.
National Public Radio, All Things Considered - July 24, 2006 interview on his album, Boulevard de l'Independance.

[Diallo] Moussa Diallo
"Bass player, singer and composer. Paris, France. Brought up in Bamako, Mali and currently residing in Copenhagen, Denmark" Audio clips, tour dates, photos, videos. Has produced a CD and book on African traditional stories (4 p. in pdf).

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company
"...a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture." Offers dance and drumming workshops. Based in Oakland, California.

Digital Congo
News about Democratic Republic of the Congo music.

[Diop] Mamadou Diop and the Jolole Band
"The band performs original music composed and performed by Mamadou Diop of Senegal, with Mamadou on vocals, rhythm guitar and hand drums; master drummer Ibrahima Camara from Senegal on djembe, sabar and tama (talking) hand drums; Pavel Jirka from the Czech Republic on lead guitar; John Pfister of New York on bass guitar; Ted Sillars of Salem, MA on drum set, and Adam Zampino of Marblehead, MA on keyboards." Has audio clips. Based in Massachusetts.

Djembefola - West African Djembe and Dundun Drumming
"Traditional West African drumming, music, song and dance. "We aim to connect the international djembefola community and be your Djembe and West African percussion resource on the internet." Offers free on-line lessons. Discussion forums (drumming, dance, African instruments). YouTube videos. Maintained by James Farrell. Based in Ireland.

DjembeList and former Jembe-List
For "the study and appreciation of jembe traditions in Africa and abroad. The original list manager was Eric Charry (Assoc. Prof. of Music, Wesleyan Univ.)

DNA - Derrick N. Ashong
Producer, musician, and entrepreneur.
Wikipedia Site
Official Site!/profile/dnatv3

East African Popular Music - Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire
Site of Dr. Douglas Paterson (an anthropologist) with articles on Kenya, Tanzania popular music, annotated discographies by Paterson on Kenya and Tanzania music prepared for The Rough Guide to World Music, includes some audio clips. Information on Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga (Zaire) and other Zaire and Congo-B music and on CDs and LPs produced by Paterson.

Ethnomusicology Multimedia
Free online videos which accompany academic books published by Indiana University Press and Temple University Press. Free registration required. Music of Ghana national dance ensembles, Ghana highlife, Ghana trickster performance, Ivorian music / dance and United States immigrant communities, Kenyan Christian music, music from South Africa's Coloured community, Tanzanian popular music, hip hop and Ukraine / Soviet Union (includes Paul Robeson singing "Ole Man River" and a Russian song at a 1949 Moscow concert and a 1933 Soviet anti racism animated film.) [KF]

[Evora] Cesaria Evora, Cape Verdean Vocalist
Cesaria Evora - biography, discography, audios clips (requires Real Player, sound card, speakers), lyrics
Lusafrica - Cesaria Evora's label, has her biography and discography, tour schedule.
African Music Encyclopedia - in English, biography, discography

Fela ! [Broadway Show]
Bill T. Jones (Director & Choreographe). The show won Tony Awards for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design for a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical. "story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation." Site has a biography of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Festival in the Desert 2007
In French and English.

Festival of Niger / Festival sur le Niger, Segou, Mali
The 2007 Festival is Feb. 1-4. music and dance performances, marionnettes. The 2007 theme and forum concerns tourist and cultural enterprises and its importance for sustainable economic developement of Mali. Art exhibition on bogolan.

Festival sur le Niger, Third, 2008 February 1-3, Segou, Mali
"...a unique spectacle, with music and dance from the region, as well as well-known West-African artists, who will play on the river Niger. This years theme will be : Segou, city of architecture. The principal program elements will be: a discussion forum (theme: Local Knowledge, motor of development), art expositions (theme: The Earth), tales and legends, music and dance, masks and puppets, a craft fair, and workshops." "The Forum brings together historians, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and writers." Concerns tourism and development of the Segou area.

[Finke] Jens Finke's Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya
Essays on Kenya's peoples, cultures, fables and legends, music (has audio clips), role of missionaries in present day Kenya. Includes bibliographies, photographs. Features Luo artist, Hezbon Owiti. The section on the Kikyuyu covers the Mau Mau, circumcision. [KF]

First World Music
Site of Akenataa Hammagaadji, host of a weekly African music programme (on WVKR 91.3 FM - Vassar College radio - Mondays 12 to 3 PM). Weekly playlist, African music chart, music events in the New York area.

[Foyeh] Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa
"A unique Nigerian Music dubbed afrijam fusing traditional Nigerian Yoruba music, Highlife,Afrobeat, with Jazz, Pop, etc." Tour schedule (includes universities), audio clips.

France. Bibliotheque nationale  - Gallica
In French. World music section.

Gateway of Africa
List of the African Top 10. New releases. Musician profiles with discographies of recent music and links to musician's web sites, if any. No audio files.

News about entertainment celebrities.
Music section. Covers Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda.

Ghanaian music industry news, discussion forum, online polls. Some areas require registration. Has ads. Based in Accra, Ghana.

A discussion forum, web site for those interested in the study of African expressive culture.

Hiiraan Online
In English and Somalia. News articles (from major news publications), political commentary, has a Somalia music site. Site of the Hiiraan Community in North America, based in Ottawa, Canada.

Hip Hop Colony
Documentary film by Michael Wanguhu on the Hip Hop movement in Kenya. Movie trailer.

Hiplife Complex
Blog on Ghanaian hip-hop by Brian Shimkovitz who was a 2005 Fulbright scholar in Ghana. Articles, videos of interviews and performances. Photographs, links to related sites. "Youth in Ghana have developed their indigenized version of hip-hop which is both controversial and engaging."

Indiana University. Archives of Traditional Music
"...the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings...include commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts." It has recordings made by Melville Herskovits, and Harold Courlander, the Lee Nichols Collection of interviews with African authors, and the Dennis Duerden Collection (lectures, interviews and readings by black poets and playwrights).

International Library of African Music
"...preserves historical recordings going back to 1929, all of Hugh Tracey's recordings and many from other researchers,..." Search its database for music to purchase. Offers MP3 music for purchase. Has lists by language and country of its Sound of Africa recordings. Their Music of Africa series is for those with a general interest in African music. Has the table of contents of its journal, African Music and the earlier African Music Society Newsletter and lists of its books, videos, symposia papers. Includes a feature on the xylophone music of the Chopi people of southern Mozambique and photos of musical instruments from several countries. Based at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. [KF]

Internet Underground Music Archive, IUMA
"online music archive that would help musicians and bands who weren't signed by a major label" The original site has closed, but the Internet Archive has preserved the web site contents. Use the search box to find music from African countries. [KF] or

Isaro: a Rwandan Culture Website
In French and English. Rwandan cultural site. Events, directory of Rwanda artists / cultural organizations. Includes Jean Paul Samputu, the first Rwandan to win the ‘Kora Award’ for the "Most Promising African Male Artist". Site owned by PlanB Inc. based in Belgium. [KF]

[Issébéré] Dene Issébéré
Malian Dogon composer / singer, "the daughter of Hamadoun Ibrahima Issébéré, the famous Malian poet who was awarded the ACCT prize in France in 1978." Facebook Page.

[Jal] Emmanuel Jal
Jal is a Sudanese hip hop performer. Tour dates, audio clip, photographs. "In Waat, Emmanuel met Emma McCune, an British aid worker who had famously married the rebel commander Riek Machar. She rescued the eleven-year-old Emmanuel - who had by then spent five years with the SPLA - and adopted him. She smuggled him into Nairobi but, tragically, she was killed a few months later in 1993 in a car accident. Emmanuel attended school, which Emma's friends financed, and after forming several music groups he produced his own single." Article - "Straight Out of Sudan: A Child Soldier Raps", New York Times, Oct. 2, 2005.

"Jaliya V4 is an innovative tutorial software for .......[the kora, balafon, harps, zithers] and their music, with hundreds of authentic tunes and grooves played with original sounds, showing in detail how to play them on the instruments."

Jay Lou Ava
Progressive Afro-Jazz by guitarist composer arranger Jay Lou Ava."Born in Cameroon, Africa, guitarist Jay Lou first emerged with a spiritual, gospel-influenced sound that was partially inspired by his upbringing." "Jay Lou's style is a real fusion between jazz and modern African melodies, what he calls himself “Progressive Afro Jazz” Sample audio files (mp3).

Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa
Subscription required for access to articles. "hosted by the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town in collaboration with the Unversity of Pretoria, aiming to combine ethnomusicological, musicological, music educational and performance-based research in a unique way to promote the musical arts on the African continent." Table of contents.

Kanyomozi, Julianna - Facebook Page
Ugandan singer.|
Video of Kanyimbe 
Audio of Kanyimbe  and other songs. 

Katamanto High Life Orchestra
Site has closed. A Danish-African orchestra. Site has audio files, photographs of the group. Maintained by Frank Boegestroem who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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

Kirikou and the Sorceress - Wikipedia Page
Feature length animated children's film, directed by Michel Ocelot, based on a West African story of a little boy and a sorceress. The music, by Senegalese musician, Youssou N'dour, uses only traditional instruments. N'dour writes about the film "it is an African tale that I can identify with. It talks of water and nature, children, a sorceress and fetishes, things that make up our mythology, our roots." The voices were recorded in N'dour's studio with African actors. Producer: Didier Brunner. Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. [KF]

[Koite] Habib Koite & Bamada
Malian guitarist Habib Koite and his band Bamada. Biography, audio clips, tour dates, press quotes. Facebook page

Kora Awards - Wikipedia Page
In French and English. All Africa Music Awards. "Kora was founded in 1994 by Ernest ADJOVI who now serves as Executive Producer. Kora was first broadcast in 1996 to 45 countries, and in 2002 Kora was broadcast in 78 countries."

Kukuva - The Pacific Northwest Marimba Band
Portland Oregon-based Kukuva performs world dance music that is a blend of African influences. Includes long audio clip.

Kwetu Entertainment Music Awards

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Tour schedule, discography, reviews, audio clips, photographs, some Zulu words and phrases. "The traditional music sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo is called ISICATHAMIYA (Is-Cot-A-Me-Ya). It was born in the mines of South Africa....In 1993, at Nelson Mandela's request, Black Mambazo accompanied the future President, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway." [KF]

Ladzekpo, C. K. - African Music and Dance
Musician/dancer/teacher, director of the African Music And Dance Esemble. Lecturer U.C. Berkeley Music Department. Photos of Ewe rituals, audio clips, etc.

A Little Bit of Love
AIDS / HIV awareness campaign by Ugandan musicians. Video and documentary produced by Scott Hatfield.  A Little Bit of Love, created by over 30 Ugandan music artists for HIV education. See also the YouTube video. Artists include Juliana Kanyomozi. The song/video was commissioned by the Makerere University-Walter Reed Project ( a non-governmental, non-profit HIV research program established in 2002
Video and Lyrics:
Documenary about the song:

Live 8 Concert
July 2, 2005 concerts modeled on the 1985 Live Aid concert. Ten concerts (in Europe, North America, Japan, South Africa) to raise awareness on the issues of debt cancellation, increased aid to the least developed countries, dropping agricultural subsidies which hurt the poorest countries. Organized by Sir Bob Geldof. Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Maryam Mursal, Salif Keita, Thomas Mapfumo and others perform. Video clips also (street children, message from Nelson Mandela).
YouTube videos.
Nelson Mandela's Speech 2005. Introduced by Bono. [KF]

Live 8 - Africa Calling
July 2, 2005 concert of African musicians at the Eden Project, Cornwall, England, one of ten concerts July 2005. Various videos from the concert found through Google.

Live Aid
Page commemorating the July 1985 fund-raising concert and movement.

Live Earth
"...a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series of 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 150 music inspire a global movement to "Answer the Call" and combat the climate crisis." The Johannesburg, South Africa concert featured Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Danny K, Joss Stone, The Parlotones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, UB40, Vusi Mahlasela, and Zola. "Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and a Partner of Live Earth." 

Lucky Dube
South African reggae musician
South African History Online
YouTube: Lucky Dube Greatest Hits Full Abum - Top 20 Best Reggae Songs
Interview on the Jammin Reggae Archives website:

Record company site, artist biographies, discographies, artist tour schedules. Cesaria Evora's label, her biography and discography.

Lutaaya, Philly
Site honoring the Uganda musician who courageously acknowledged his illness from AIDS to save other Ugandans. Includes an audio clip from Philly Bongole Lutaaya's "Voices are Crying." Maintained by th the Open Vision Youth Club of Entebbe. [KF] - MALI K7 SA
In French. Biographies of Mali musicians (Alou Sangaré, Batoma Diallo, Adama Namakoro Fomba, Souleymane Traoré dit Néba Solo, Issa Bagayogo, Mamou Sidibe, Déné, and others), album photos. Links to related music sites. Maintained by the record label Mali K7, based in Bamako.

Mapaka, Borrina
Congolese musician, choreographer. Discography, videos, photographs.

Mapfumo, Thomas
Zimbabwe musician, fighter for social justice.
National Public Radio
YouTube video with scene of unrest

"...a non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate the public regarding traditional Shona music of Zimbabwe, including mbira music, and to develop a library of recordings to preserve that music." Information on Mbira performers, their recordings The Director, Erica Azim, teaches mbira workshop groups and mbira camps. Based in Berkeley, California.

Mtukudzi, Oliver "Tuku"
Zimbabwe guitarist, singer and songwriter. 
Afropop - Biography
Calabash Music - Biography -
World Music Central - Biography -

MTV base
African music TV channel. African artist profiles, news. Need to register (free) to access some content. Press release announcing the move of parent company, MTV Networks Africa from London to Johannesubrg, South Africa.

Mulatu Astatke - Ethio Jazz Music
"Mulatu Astatke is an innovative multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and the founder of Ethio Jazz. Ethio Jazz is jazz and fusion with the Ethiopian five-tone scales." Has audio files. "Mulatu has contributed prominently to the soundtrack of the film Broken Flowers."

Facebook page for the music site. Founded 2006.

Music by Prudence
Won the 2010 Academy Award (Oscar) for Documentary Short Subject. Directed by Roger Ross Williams. "uplifting story of Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena, 21, who was born severely disabled". She is lead singer of the group, Liyana. See also MTV article, "'Music By Prudence' Oscar Flap: The Inside Story".

Music Research Institute
A non-profit educational institution founded in 1984. Dr. Cynthia Tse Kimberlin is Executive Director. Its MRI Press publishes the series, Intercultural Music, Chaka, an opera in two chants composed by Akin Euba, from an epic poem by Leopold Sedar Senghor, and the bulletin, Intercultural Musicology, edited by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin and Akin Euba. Based in Point Richmond, CA.

Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Collects and displays musical instruments from every country in the world (large Congo collection). Hear instruments played at each exhibit. Holds events such as an African Drum Ensemble.

Musical Instument Museums Online 
Has images / information on African musical instruments from the Musée Panafricain de la Musique de Brazzaville (République du Congo) and the Musée de la Musique, Ouagadougou, Burkina  Faso; see the interactive map of Africa. Images also from the Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa 
Requires a subscription for access. Includes performance practice, ethnomusicology, and ‘traditional’ musicology as well as jazz and popular music studies. Based at the University of South Africa, UNISA.

Examples -
Girls of War and Echoes of Liberation: Engaging Female Voices through Chimurenga Songs about Zimbabwe’s Armed Struggle.
Three and a Half Decades of Kojo Antwi in Educating Adults and the Youth about Marriage and Love through Highlife Music in Ghana.
Singing Positivity: Prosperity Gospel in the Musical Discourse of Popular Youth Hip-Hop Gospel in Zimbabwe.
Of Commodities and Objects: Women and Their Representations in Nigerian Hip-Hop.
From Social Media Space to Sound Space: Protest Songs during Occupy Nigeria Fuel Subsidy Removal.
The Political-Aesthetic Function of Song and Dance in Zimbabwean Theatre 1980–1996.
Metaphor, Identity and Ideologies in Igbo Folk Music.

New York Public Library - African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL. "...original the historian Omar H. Ali... dozens of images of paintings and photographs..., maps, and segments of documentaries." East Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Perisan Gulf, South Asia, East Asia. Video from From Africa to India: Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora. Bibliography (books, articles, films).

Site of Nneka Egbuna, born in Warri, Nigeria, based in Germany. "Musically her songs range from deep soulful ballads like her "Confession" tune to modern reinventions of the UK sound, that "Massive Attack" once was popular for ("Changes") to funk-driven Hip Hop tracks ("Stand Strong")."

Nostalgie Ya Mboka
Radio programme featuring the 'belle epoch' of music from the two Congos. On London radio station, Resonance 104.4fm.

Ntama, Journal of African Music and Popular Culture  Mainz, (Germany)
Full text articles (African hip hop, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, etc), reviews, events in GermanyPublished by the Institut fuer Ethnologie und Afrika-Studien, Johannes Gutenberg- Universitet, Mainz

Nya Jade
Song writer, singer Ama Ofosu-Barko. Audio and video clips. Music video of Live from VH1. Nya is a former member of the Stanford University a cappella group, Talisman.

William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian American, is a concert artist, pianist, independent scholar and teacher. On his CD, SENKU, Piano Music by Composers of African Descent, he performs works by composers from Africa, the Caribbean, England and the United States. He is the editor of Piano music of Africa and the African diaspora (New York : Oxford University Press, 2007. 2 volumes)

Olumide, Koffi
Congolese musician (in Lingala), producer, and composer. 
BBC Radio concert recording and interview at the 2005 Africa Remix festival.
YouTube - Koffi Olomide - Papa Mobimba (Live Officiel)
YouTube - Fouta Jallon

Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio
In Italian. Orchestra, based in Rome, Italy, made up mostly of immigrants including musicians from Senegal, Tunisia, Brazil, Cuba, Italy, etc. playing kora, oud, guitar, djembe, Directed by Mario Tronco.  Documentary about the orchestra. New York Times article, In a Changing Italy, a Band With a Multicultural Face, Sept. 27, 2007. [KF]

The Other Africa / L'Autre Afrique
In French and English. "a new vision of the African continent far from the usual afro-pessimism of the Western Media" The African Middle Class, African Lights (cityscapes at night) and African DJs (portraits of African radio DJs. Covers Cameroon, Cape Verde, Gabon, Mauritania, Sao Tome, Senegal. Maintained by Philippe Sibelly (from Marseille, now based in London). or

Pan African Allstars
Listen to the Pan African Allstars internet Radio. Sells music DVDs, CDs. Audio samples. Discussion forums. Site based in College Park, Georgia.

Prince Diabate
"Master kora player and vocalist from Guinea." Biography, performance schedule, brief audio clips from his new CD, "New Life." Based in Beverly Hills, CA.

Putumayo World Music
Record label founded 1993, producer in the past for many African musicians (Miriam Makeba, Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi).  Has a radio show, Putumayo World Music Hour. Based in New York city. [KF]

Radio Afro-Dicia
Los Angeles radio station. Plays African and Afro-Caribbean music. YouTube channel. Local events listings.

Radio do Canal Angola
In Portuguese.

Radio One
Tanzanian radio station.

Refugee All Stars
Site, with movie trailer, for a film about refugee Sierra Leone musicians. ANTI Records has liner notes and lyrics from their cd, Living Like a Refugee.

Site about percussion instruments found in West Africa and the Caribbean. Based in Santa Clara, California.

Reggie Rockstone - Wikipedia 
Ghanaian rapper. Twitter page.   GhanaWeb 2019    BBC video interview, in pidgin. CNN video interview.

River of Sand
A Canadian TV documentary which premiered Oct. 1998. "...a heartfelt evocation of the music, culture and people of Mali, West Africa, as seen through the eyes of acclaimed singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn." Includes replies by Cockburn to questions about Mali posed by the public.

Roots World
African music section

Selasee Atiase is a Ghanaian musician living in Canada. Reggae, Afro-beat. Selasee's manager "attended the 2005 Midem in Cannes, France where he presented one of Selasee`s compositons, a Reggae track entitled 'RUN' which was consequently selected as a sound track for the EA [Electronic Arts] sports'Fifa 2006'soccer video game." Listen to "Run" on

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, Santa Cruz, and Santa Monica.

Society for Ethnomusicology
" association devoted to the support of ethnomusicology and to the study of music-making all over the world." Publishes a journal, Ethnomusicology, a newsletter and other works. Annual conference. Links to related sites. Based in Bloomington, Indiana. [KF]

[Sowande] Fela Sowande (1905-1987)
"...on the life and music of Fela Sowande, Nigerian composer, organist and professor. He is considered the Father of Modern Nigerian Art Music, according to his biographer, Olabode Omojola." The May 2005 Fela Sowande Centennial Symposia & Festivals was in Lagos, Nigeria. Site maintained by William J. Zick.

South African Journal of Musicology
In English/Afrikaans. Access requires a subscription.Official organ of the Musicological Society of Southern Africa. Covers Volume 19/20 2000 - Volume 25 2005. This journal is continued by SAMUS : South African Music Studies.

South African Music Studies, SAMUS
In English/Afrikaans Access requires a subscription. Official organ of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM).2006/2007 - current.

Tuareg musicians from Mali. "three aimless teenage friends in exile – Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Hassan Ag Touhami aka 'The Lion of the Desert' and Inteyeden - fall in love with the guitar,......They write songs about their own lives and about those of their friends, the modern Touareg youth." Appeared in the first Festival in the Desert. Includes Chronology of the Touareg Rebellion from 1900. SASA Music has a biography, press comments, discography.

[Traore] Rokia Traore
Maliian contemporary singer, songwriter, guitarist. Includes audio samples. More audio samples at Calabash Music. Biography at African Musicians Profiles. Video of her Womad 2004 performance on Youtube.
In French. Articles about musicians from Francophone Africa. Formerly Banque audiovisuelle francophone.

University of Michigan - Music & Dance of Africa and the Diaspora - Conference April 1997, Ann Arbor
Site for the April 3-5, 1997, University of Michigan conference.

Vanderbilt University. Blair School of Music - Global Music Archive
Founded 2002, a "multi-media archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and North and South America, with particular emphasis on the African Diaspora." Has a database, the Digital Collection of East African Recordings, which "consists of over 2,000 discrete musical performances recorded by an East African ethnomusicologist, Centurio Balikoowa." Listen to audio of music from rural and urban areas of Uganda. Music of AIDS in East Africa. On-line catalog of its holdings. Based in Nashville, Tennessee.
East African Music Bibliography
The Ugandan popular music cassette collection has a 9 page Finding Aid in PDF. Publication info: [Uganda] : Various labels, [c.2000-2003]. Description: 380 sound cassettes : analog.

Village Pulse
Record label, founded by Adam Novick and Carl Holm, to produce recordings of West African traditional music, especially drum music. The site includes audio files of their recordings.

Voice of America - Music Time in Africa
Free African music online from throughout the continent. Takes a while to download at first. Interviews with African musicians. Kelly Askew and Paul Conway were involved with putting the programs online. Based in Washington D.C.,spans%20all%20genres%20and%20generations

Voice of America "African Music Treasures" Blog
Maintained by Heather Maxwell, an ethnomusicologist and the Africa Music Director for the Voice of America. Video from the program, "Music Time in Africa".

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.

Locate African radio stations by country.

[Wainaina] Eric Wainaina
Kenyan musician, composer. In 2001 his anti-corruption song, "Nchi ya kitu kidogo" "was the most requested tune on Nairobi's five private FM radio stations.
YouTube- Daima
YouTube Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo

Listen to Kenyan popular music on Radio Wakilisha. Requires username and password (free) to see multi media features. Lists events in the U.S. Based in Florida. [KF]

World Cup 2010 Anthem (Official)
Waka Waka - This Time for Africa. By Shakira and Freshlyground. Videos of people around the world doing the Waka Waka dance.
FIFA Announcement -

World Cup 2010 Anthem (Unofficial)
Wavin Flag, by K'naan. High resolution Coca Cola version.
Article and video by K'naan in Vanity Fair, K’NAAN: Lifting the World Cup with “Wavin’ Flag (July 1, 2010).
Wavin Flag, by Somali musician, K'naan. On YouTube (very grainy).

World Cup Album - "Listen Up"
Official World Cup Album. Release May 31, 2010.

World Cup Kick-off Concert

World Cup Transnational Hip-hop Collaboration - Nomadic Wax
"International media production company Nomadic Wax (African Underground/Democracy in Dakar) has teamed up with Genoa, Italy’s DJ Nio, Brooklyn’s Funk Nouveau, Blackler Mastering and producer Eliot Leigh to create a one-of-a-kind World Cup-inspired transnational hip-hop collaboration available for free download." "features rappers hailing from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States, and Europe." "Emile and 15 other artists from a range of nations, including Italy, Brazil, South Africa, Morocco, and Trinidad-Tobago, among others, rap their verses in French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Arabic and explore many of the controversies, benefits, and pitfalls of the historic 2010 World Cup in South Africa." Translated lyrics available for download at

World Music Network
Music guides to Sudan/South Sudan, South African jazz, Ethiopia, Niger, South African Popular Music, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Guinea, Mozambique, Nigeria, Congo,etc  Audio clip playlists. Previews of albums for sale. WMN comprises four labels; Riverboat Records, Rough Guides, Introducing and Think Global. Founded in 1994.

Zambuko -  Solomon Murungu
Extensive information provided by Mr. Murungu and others? on mbira music. Includes biographies and discographies for musicians such as Thomas Mapfumo, information on Shona and Ndebele religious beliefs, films on mbira music, etc. [KF]

Zimbabwean Music Festival
The largest annual gathering in North America for students, teachers, performers and fans of Zimbabwean music. Festival information, music clips, links to Zimbabwe music sources, an e-mail newsletter and more.