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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 Kabisa!
"africa"...weekly African music radio program that broadcasts SUNDAYS 4-6:00pm EST on WMBR 88.1 FM. We also stream live on the Web and have digital archives at Since 1992, we have been sharing the vibrant sounds of contemporary and classic African music with the Boston area and beyond. Africa Kabisa is hosted and produced by DJ Julia Goldrosen."

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 Australian Music
"African Australian music is defined broadly as music created by musicians of African origin living in Australia or New Zealand (either permanently or temporarily), irrespective of ethnic background, as long as the musical style has a strong African, Caribbean, or African-American influence."

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 DVD (Gauteng, South Africa)
African film and music on DVD. "All projects will be of African origin. All DVDs will be authored and replicated in Africa to highest standards." No audio samples online.

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
Discussion forum. "For lovers of music from Africa and the African Diaspora." "This is the original mailing list begun way back in the early days of the internet in January 1995 and is sponsored by the African Music Encyclopedia at"

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 Group
Discussion group on African music. Established in November 1995, has over 800 members.

African Music Home Page - Toshiya Endo
Discographies on musicians from Nigeria and Senegal. Maintained by Toshiya Endo, a professor of biochemistry.

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 Promoters
"...a network of promoters and African music activists in the North of England who came together to raise the profile of African music in the UK, particularly in the North." Has a long list of bands available in the U.K., a directory of promoters. Based in Sheffield, U.K.

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.

African Music Videos of the Week
Watch African music videos. Kenyan, South African, Nigerian, Ghanian, Zambian, Ugandan, Tanzanian, etc. Site maintained by Michael Schneider.

African Musicians Profiles
"Each musician has a profile, and there are pages on news of recent and future events, special features, recommended CDs, relevant reading (biographies, reference books and magazines) and photos. You can buy many of the featured African music CDs and books through this site."

African Odyssey InterActive - Kennnedy Center for the Performing Arts
Site for a festival in New York of music, dance, and theater from Africa and the African Diaspora.  Has interviews with artists, a directory of web sites about Dance, Music, Literary Arts/Storytelling, Theater/Performance, K-12 teaching resources. [KF]

African Radio Online
Listen to African music 24/7 with live DJs (click on Listen Live Now). Discussion (male-female relationships for ex.), interviews with musicians. Music videos (from YouTube). Site owned by Hassan Bakarr, CEO and founder of Mama Africa Productions and Salone Bor Bor entertainment. Based in Roslindale, Massachusetts.

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]

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."

Afrique en Creations
" by the French Ministry for Overseas Development and the Ministry for the Arts, following the Afrique en Cr?ation convention held in January 1990 in Paris" which brought together over 300 artists (plastic artists, theatre directors, musicians, choreographers, photographers, writers, etc.) and African and French partners."

  • A calendar of events (dance, music, theater) mainly for Europe but includes the U.S. Brazil, Macao, arranged by country
  • A directory of festivals outside Africa, information on past music festivals
  • Afrique en Scene net edition of the print publication, has information on African theatrical, dance, and musical ensembles
  • an online version of the print edition (Paris: Afrique en creations, 1996, 337 p.) of Guide du Theatre en Afrique et dans l'Ocean Indien - a directory, by country, of theatrical groups, festivals, arts and culture organizations, venues for performances
  • An introduction to African music in 100 CDs is a directory arranged by country, name of artists or groups, CD titles, artists (including compilations), style of music, instrument, language, type of music, and label. Includes short articles. This is a net version of the print edition which is a supp. to Afrique en scenes, No. 6 (Paris: Afrique en Creations, 1996, 60 p.).

Afrique Horizon Magazine
"...a bi-monthly printed magazine covering all aspects of African music, politics, culture and society - in French." Maintained by Nick Beddow.

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.

AfrodesiaMP3 - Gateway To The African Soul
Sells African dance music (many South African artists) through electronic download only. Individual songs are $1.99. Afro-pop, gospel, hip hop, kwaito, reggae, etc. Audio samples.

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

Afromix - Music
In  French and English. 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!

Afro Sounds FM
"Afro-Sounds FM is a radio station based in the United Kingdom, London.The station was established in 2004 and is owned by TZ International Limited a registered company in the UK. We aim to entertain and inform Zimbabweans, South Africans and African music lovers in the whole world through the world wide web." - 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"
Usenet unmoderated discussion group on African music.

Describes the Nakibembe Xylophone Group, how to teach African music on xylophones. Supplies musical instruments, manuals, cassettes, and CDs of traditional Ugandan music. Has audio clips (need sound card, speakers).

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. Use the Search to locate recordings by Amaize on the MSR Classics site. [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]

Amo, Daniel Opoku
Ghanaian musician (trumpet, studied at the Rotterdam Conservetory) and the Afro jazz band, "Ofie" (Meaning Roots). Listen to his music at MySpace. "People compare us to Fela, Osibisa, Masakela....." Amo is based in Amsterdam. [KF]

Antwi, Kojo
Official site. "Kojo's music- Afro Pop is a well-tasty, magical blend of West Africa's Hi Life and Soukous,..." Discography, photographs, awards. Won Best Male Artist - West Africa, Kora Awards 2003. [KF]

In French. "la musique du Mozambique" Site of Arcenio de Almeida. "Auteur, compositeur et interprète, Arcenio chante en chuabo et en portugais sur une musique métissée, portée par un ensemble électrique, et influencée par les musiques traditionnelles du Mozambique." Blog has work by Mozambique artist, Malangatana. Extended audio clips. Lyrics.

"...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." Contact: omokehindefaniyi at yahoo dot com

[Avorgbedor] Dr. Daniel Avorgbedor's Page
Home page of Dr. Avorgbedor, School of Music, Ohio State Univ. Columbus. Includes the syllabi for his courses on ethnomusicology, contemporary African composers, performance practices in African music, history of Halo (a musical-dramatic genre of the Anlo-Ewe, Ghana).

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. A video and lyrics are on the site of Studio Sankara.

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

  • Baaba Maal - official site, discography, tour schedule, extended audio clips.
  • Calabash Music - short audio clips.
  • Unofficial Home Page - many articles, forum,
  • BBC Profile -
  • Gateway of Africa - short profile.
  • - sells MP3 tracks of Baaba Maal's albums

Les Ballets Africains, National Dance Company of the Rep. of Guinea
Official site. "formed in Paris in 1952 by distinguished Guinean choreographer, Keita Fodeba,..." History, photographs, information on musical instruments, sample video / audio clips. The company is managed by World Music Productions Inc., Wisconsin. [KF]

Banque audiovisuelle francophone, BAF
In French. Videos of life in Abidjan, African music and theatre, "Leopold Sedar Senghor, De la negriture a l'Universel," rap music in Senegal.  Includes some audio and video clips.

BBC - Africa on Your Street
African music from the UK and around the World. CD reviews, interviews, event listings for the UK, gigs, audio clips, photographs, glossary of terms, etc.

BBC - Ghana's Modern Musical History
"Ghana celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence on 6 March 2007. Ahead of this event, BBC News charts how musical trends have reflected changes in Ghanaian society over the last half-century."

[Bebey] Francis Bebey. Cameroon (1929-2001)
Biography of the composer, writer, performer, example of his poetry. From the University of Florida Libraries.
See also the obituary in the New York Times, June 7, 2001, "Francis Bebey; African-Music Expert, 72"

Benn loxo du taccu ("one hand can't clap")
Matt Yanchyshyn's African music audio-blog. Reviews, discussion, commentary, audio files, photogaraphs.

BéréSanké Percussion
Site of musician husband-and-wife-team, Kocassale (Koca) Dioubate (from Guinea) & Aimee Epp. Offers workshops, background on Mandingo music, history of the Djembe, Griot culture. Origins, photographs, sound samples of musical instruments from West Africa - Kora, Bolon, Ngoni, Koni, Bada, Balafon. Sells musical instruments including Djembe drums. Supports NGOs in Gambia and Guinea. Based in Vancouver, Canada.

The Best Ambiance
Site run by an FM radio station, KOOP, which plays African and Caribbean popular music. Has the week's playlist with themes such as popular music of Mali, Yoruba music, Cuban-influenced African music. Has links to other African music web pages.

Listen to music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No music downloads allowed due to copyright. Founded by David Oduki. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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.

Black Star Kenya HipHop Records
Kenyan hiphop and R & B music. Music samples. Send an audio postcard. Site based in Champaign, Illinois.

Blitz the Ambassador
Hip hip artist, producer. Born in Accra, Ghana. Based in Brooklyn. Formed the label, Embassy MVMT. Interview on hip hop in Africa.

In English and Swahili. East African Music and Community Portal.Vote for your favorite music. Discussion forums in Swahili. News, events in the U.K. Photos of music events in Tanzania. Maintained by Luca Neghesti of Bongo5 Media Group.

In English and Kiswahili. Tanzania hiphop site. Articles, photographs. "Bongo Flava is a mix of HipHop with Local Melodies & Swahili Lyrics,....."

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.


Brother Ayouba
Reggae musician, band leader, songwriter from the Ivory Coast. Biography, audio clips of his music, photographs. He is based in California.

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. - STP Online
In Portuguese and English (machine translations). News, history, health, photographs, historical postcards, the economy, cabinet ministers, political parties, older issues of Diario da Republica (the official government gazette), Vungo Téla, on the music of São Tomé e Príncip including the national anthem, and more. [KF]

Calabash Music
"...fair trade music company" "global music store.... For 75¢ - 99¢ each, you get high-quality MP3 music files that won’t disappear at the end of the month, or ever. What you buy is yours to keep. Our prices are fair to you and our 50% royalties are fair to our artists." Many audio clips. Can download purchased music for iPod and other players. Subscribe to the feed for their blog:

Choice FM
Select 107.1 for live African popular music from Ghanaian DJ Uncle Sam of Africa and others. Based in London.
Contemporary urban African music, including the Diaspora (Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, African-American, Haitian, Jamaican). Free internet radio until April 30, 2005. Based in Seattle, Washington.

CIIMDA, Centre for Indigenous African Instrumental Music and Dance Practices
Offers classrom dance, instrumental courses in SADC countries (Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zambia), works with government Ministries. Publishes books. Based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Coded Messages: CHAINS
Concerns hidden meanings in the drum language of the Ewe of Ghana. Includes sound files and Quicktime videos; you'll need a multimedia computer for these. Melissa Lang and Andruid Kerne worked with Ewe drummers and dancers in Ghana in 1994.

[Cole] Peter Cole
Official site of Cole, Liberian composer, arranger and singer. Audio samples, video, biography, lyrics, discography.

Congo Rhythms
Congolese dance and drum related information, from dance classes, drum classes, workshops, to Congo Camp in California, Maui,and Paris; upcoming performances; biographies of master teachers (Malonga Casquelourd, Borrina Mapaka, Massengo Constant, Thomas Boukaka, Yelessa Antoinette and others), links to related sites. Malonga Casquelourd tragically died in an automobile accident June 15, 2003. Based in Oakland, California. [KF]

Conscience Africaine
In French and English. Cultural magazine. Interviews (such as with musician Jean Racine; artist Dédé d'Almeida), art events. Based in New York and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

Cora Connection
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.

Costa, Manecas
Singer, song writer, guitarist from Guinea Bissau. Calabash Music has a biography and music samples. SASA Music has a biography, press comments, discography.

Cultureel Centrum O’Dunbeye Land in Senegal
In Dutch, English, French, German. A Centre, in the Casamance, led by Thomas Diabang, a professional dancer from Abene offering workshops and individual lessons for djembe drum and traditional African dance. Has courses in African batik or woodcarving and African cooking. Company based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. [KF]

CV Music World
Articles on Cape Verde music, arts, culture, tourism. Cape Verde information, history, music traditions, events, photos of music events. Publishes Sodade magazine (Brockton, Massachusetts).

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.

[Daddy] S. Kwaku Daddd - Master Drummer
"...traditional culture, music, dance and stories of Ghana, and Africa" Teaches at City College of San Francisco. Gives workshops. Based in San Francisco.

Dagara Music
About a video of Bernard Woma, head xylophonist and master drummer of the Ghana National Theatre, and his award winning ensemble, the Dagara Bewaa Culture Group, performed ancient music and dance. Has a slide show and video clips (requires sound card).

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. - Dictionnaire des immortels de la musique congolaise moderne
In French. Review of the print biographical dictionary of Congolese musicians. The dictionary is by Jean-Pierre Francois Nimy Nzonga, founder of l'Orchestre Yéyé National. Also reviewed by Based in Kinshasa. [KF]

[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.

Djeli ya, Griots et musiciens de Mali
In French. Black and white photographs, by Olivier Gresset, of Mali musicians and griots, including Baaba Maal.

Djembe African Drums
Sells drums made in Ghana, books, furniture, home decor crafts. "Trevor R. Getz, PhD, is our procurement expert. He is an Assistant Professor of African History at San Francisco State University." Has an FAQ, sells to wholesellers. [KF]

A discussion list and web site on the "musical culture of West Africa. Emphasis is upon the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Cote d'Ivoire." Site offers videos, books, CDs for sale, has past messages, and a directory of teachers and master drummers.

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.

Docta Gasaro
Rwandan musician. Listen to music clips. Photos. Concert schedule.

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.

Echos of Africa
FM radio music program (Cupertino, Calif. 91.5 FM - KKUP) featuring music from Africa and African inspired music. Produced by Emmanuel Nado.

Emile YX
"...often considered to be one of the Pioneers or Godfathers of South African Hip Hop and is a founder member of the legendary South African Hip Hop Group, Black Noise ( He is best known for his developmental work and community outreach projects like the Heal the Hood Project ( and hosting events like African Hip Hop Indaba" Audio clips, video.

An Eternity of Forest: Paintings by Mbuti Women
Exhibit at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. which presents the vibrant barkcloth art of the Mbuti women of the Ituri Forest of northeastern Zaire. Music of the Mbuti has inspired contemporary Western musicians. Includes musical slide show. "Once known as pygmies they inhabit one of the worlds oldest rain forests.

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
There Productions - has an audio clip of "Petit Pays' (requires Real Player, sound card, speakers)
RFI Musique - in French, has a biography, discography, articles. Use the Search.

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.

Fela Project
"The Fela Project, founded in 1999 by Trevor Schoonmaker, is a multimedia project exploring Felas life and legacy." "Other activities of the Fela Project include a web site, concerts, documentary film, performances, and a book of essays about Fela, Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2003.)
See also: New Museum - Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, July 11 - September 28, 2003  - "painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed media and sound installation, video, film, computer animation, and music, 34 artists present and give tribute to the many sides of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti." Include a profile of Fela. The Museum is in New York city. See also New York Times, "Celebrating the Life and Impact of the Nigerian Music Legend Fela," July 17, 2003, B1. [KF]

Festival in the Desert 2007
In French and English.

Festival in the Desert 2003
"...a unique celebration of the music and culture of the Tuareg people of the Sahara desert. The event also welcomes artists from other parts of Mali, Africa and the world..." Afropop account of the 2003 Festival. Audio samples from the Afropop Shop (Calabash Music). See also an account of the 2003 festival on the Rock Paper Scissor world music site.

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.

Fly - Global Music Culture
World music. Articles on African musicians, African music festivals, events in the U.K.

[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. Voyages en Afrique - Music
In French. "900 volumes de textes, 30 titres de revues, 80 cartes venant des collections imprimées de la BnF, 20 heures d'enregistrements sonores des fonds du Musée de la parole et du geste et 6500 photographies issues des fonds de la Société de géographie." Access documents by type (books, journals, maps, photographs), geographic area, era. Part of the French national library's Gallica site.
Contents include: a Bibliography, a Chronology, and audio files of songs, music from the 1930s and earlier (see L'Afrique vue depuis la France).

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.

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

Gichuki, Sam
"Sam Gichuki was born in central Kenya.He was brought up in a Christian background." "MOLA AWE NASI" (God be with us) is an album that is more to gospel and in reggae rhythm,..." On the CD Baby web site for independent musicians.

Graviton, African Arts Network
"...a management and production company. Each year we work with a select group of artists from Africa to promote their activities on an international basis." Artists include King Sunny Ade. Their InterAfrican Publishing division offers copyright services. Based in Seattle, Washington. [KF]

Groupe Keep'Art de Guédiawaye
In French. "un groupe de variétés musicales africaines de la banlieue de Dakar composé de musiciens autonomes dotés d'une bonne sensibilité et de savoir faire..." Extended audio and video clips.

A discussion forum, web site for those interested in the study of African expressive culture.
To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: (with no subject line) and only this text: sub h-afrarts firstname lastname, institution (Maikoli International)
Resources (videos-VCD, CDs, cassettes) and information on Hausa culture, tradition and language. Previews, movie trailers. Music, jewelry, arts, crafts, clothing. Sells to North America, Europe, and Asia. Based in Raymore, Missouri.

Higher Ground
Wisconsin Public Radio program playing music with African roots (from Africa, U.S., Brazil, Caribbean and beyond). Playlists. Hosted by Jonathan Overby

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.

Hijas del Sol, Sibeba
Calabash Music - background on the musicians, audio clips.
Nube Negra - In Spanish and English. Piruchi Apo Botupa and her niece Paloma Loribo Apo are from Equatorial Guinea. There are no audio clips. On the web site of Nube Negra, a label for other African groups.
RootsWorld - on their albums, Kotto and Kchaba, from the music magazine.

Hip Barbershop - Brad Weiss
Photographs, taken in 1999 and 2000, of barbershops in Arusha, Tanzania. Includes the rap scene in Arusha and a popular mural artist, Seif Bakari, known as Nevada Art. Web site of Brad Weiss, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

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."

HUArchivesNet (Washington, D.C.)
Quarterly electronic journal of Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, in partnership with Worldcom. Includes The Merging of West African and European Cultures as Reflected in Early Afro-American Music, by Vada E. Butcher.

Idols West Africa
"Idols West Africa is open to any person between the ages of 18 and 30 (as of 1 January 2007), who are residents of the West African countries of - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo." Video clips, photos. The winner receives a recording contract. "produced by the Nigerian production company Pan African Entertainment and..... Fremantle Media."
Blog comment with photos about the contest modeled on American Idol.

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 Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD) - U.S. Secretariat
"The International Centre for African Music and Dance (ICAMD) was established at the University of Ghana, Legon, during the 1992-93 academic year." The US Secretariat was established at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1997.

International Conference on African Performing and Visual Arts, First Biannual - Performing Africa! Visualizing Africa!! New Perspectives in African Performing and Visual Arts
Baker University Center, Ohio University, Athens OH, April 18 -21, 2007.

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.

Internet Underground Music Archive, IUMA
Has only music from Somalia and South Africa via their country search index.

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." Audio clips from her albums, the new album “Ladilikan”. Longer audio clips at

[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." World Music Net articles. 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."

"Start with West African traditional music, add some Cuban spice, mix in a dash of jazz, reggae and hip-hop and you’ve got the unique sound of Jarimba." Vocals by Kocassale Dioubate. Based in Vancouver, Canada.  

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).

Unmoderated list for "the study and appreciation of jembe traditions in Africa and abroad. The list manager is Eric Charry (Assoc. Prof. of Music, Wesleyan Univ.)To join the list, see:

Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa
"...peer reviewed journal 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. Full text articles requires a subscription (U.S. $16 for individuals; $30 institutions).

Jump TV
Has some free web channels - KBC Channel 1 Kenya (in English, government station), Star TV from Tanzania (hip hop), Channel 10 Tanzania (in Swahili, current affairs, social, economics, legal, health issues, sports), Galaxy TV Nigeria, Lagos TV Nigeria. Free channels are not always on.

Kamanga, Alain
Musician, website designer from Kinshasa, DRC. Audio clips, examples of his web portfolio.

Kanyomozi, Julianna
Uganda singer.
MySpace page: Audio tracks of her songs.
MusicUganda: biography.
Kayimbe: her gospel video on YouTube   

[Kapaya] Flamme Kapaya
In French. Flamme Kapaya is a Congolese "Guitariste, arrangeur, auteur compositeur, chanteur..." Performs with Werrason & Wenge Musica Maison Mère.

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.l

Kenyan Lyrics
Most popular songs section. Musician biographies. Blog about Kenyan music. Section on hymns.

Kilimanjaro Entertainment
Concert and event promotion company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brings groups to the U.S. Also runs Kilimanjaro Records. Music clips from Innocent (Tanzanian roots reggae artist) and Daddy V from Kenya.

Kirikou and the Sorceress
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]

Kizomba – Luso Africa Music Shop
In Portuguese. Sells music CDs and DVDs from Angola, Cape Verde, São Tomé, Guinea, Mozambique and more. Music styles: Kizomba, Funana, Coladeira, Zouk, Semba, Kuduro,... The owner is Michael Ribeiro.

[Koite] Habib Koite & Bamada
Malian guitarist Habib Koite and his band Bamada. Biography, audio clips, tour dates, press quotes. On the site of Putumayo World Music, Koite's recording label.

Kongoi Productions
"Artists promotion, musicians management, booking and publishing company based in Oslo, Norway. Also offers African music, art and crafts."

Konono N°1
"KONONO N°1 was founded over 25 years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator)." Sample and buy songs at the Calabash Music site.

Kora Awards
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 - Tanzanian Rap
African Hip Hop. Sample audio tracks. Article by Alex Perullo, Assistant Professor of African Studies and Ethnomusicology, Bryant University. Site of "Balozi a.k.a Dola one of Tanzania's hip hop pioneers and most conscious emcees. His lyrics are about socio-economic and political issues. He is now based in New York, USA. He raps mainly in Swahili. "

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
Page of the California-based musician/dancer/teacher, director of the African Music And Dance Esemble. Photos of Ewe rituals, audio clips, etc.

In French. Sells CDs and DVDs. Music videos. Comedies / drama in Wolof and Puular. Documentaries - Serigne Saliou Mbacké, Président Abdoulaye Wade, football. Address: 45 & 60 RUE DOUDEAUVILLE, 75018 PARIS, France.

Lems-Dworkin, Carol - African Music Bibliographies
Information on the essay/bibliography, Africa in Scott Joplin's Music (1991),  on African Music: A Pan-African Annotated Bibliography (1991), and on Videos of African and African-Related Performance: an Annotated Bibliography (1996) which includes music and musician videos relating to Africa and the African diaspora. Ms. Lems-Dworkin is President of the World Music Center, Evanston, IL.

Leopard Man's African Music Guide
"...biographies and discograhies of 90 African artists and groups." Album reviews. Links to music samples, articles, interviews. Unsigned articles/reviews are by editor Bjorn-Erik Hanssen.

A Little Bit of Love
AIDS / HIV awareness campaign by Ugandan musicians. Video and documentary produced by Scott Hatfield. The U.S. Military HIV Research Program site has the lyrics to 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. A 20 minute documentary about the making of the song/video was created.

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). [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."

Liyana USA Tour 2009
Afro-fusion' music by eight musicians from the KGVI School in Zimbabwe. "While students at KGVI all have physical challenges, they are encouraged to believe they can achieve anything and everything." Audio and video of the band. The band appeared at Macworld 2009 in connection with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Lucky Dube
"Lucky Dube began his musical career in 1979 as a singer of Zulu "mbaqanga" music. In 1984, after a number of successful gold albums, Dube made the monumental transition to "Reggae..."
Interview on the Jammin Reggae Archives website:
Audio clip from The Reggae Source site:

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 the the Open Vision Youth Club of Entebbe. [KF]

Maasai Music and Culture
"...field recordings of Traditional and Contemporary music of Kenya's Maasai people." Lyrics "Translated from Maa into English by Simon Saitoti ole Tumanka." Information on Maasai music and its roles. A music CD for sale helps support a school. Maintained by Hans Johnson.

Madagascar Music on CD
List by Ian Anderson of Malagasy music on CD.

Madunia African Music
"...non-profit NGO, based in the Netherlands...founded to promote African music and support local initiatives of African musicians." Has audio clips, an essay on African pop music, video and audio clips of Mister II, a popular Tanzania rap musician. Site from the Netherlands.

Maisha Productions
African music event company co-founded by Liberian DJ Jeremiah (Jeremiah Kpoh) and Kenyan Sila Mutungi of Sila and the Afrofunk Experience. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area. - 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
In French and English. Congolese musician, choreographer. Discography, tour schedule, photographs.

Mapfumo, Thomas Zimbabwe musician, fighter for social justice. Discography with photos of album tracks, tour schedule, photos of former performers with Mapfumo. The company distributes his CDs.
Thomas Mapfumo received an honorary doctorate in music from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) 2001. Article. Photograph.

Marimba Music
Blog by Gordon Moyer (of Portland, Oregon) on music, bands, resources, and support for African inspired marimba music. Audio samples.

In French. African xylophones, marimbas, and the balafon. Includes database of artists, bibliography of books / articles, many audio clips of the music, reports and studies (in MS Word) on the balafon, discussion forum, discography, filmography, database by ethnic group / with photographs. Purchase CDs at the site. Website based in the Netherlands.

Mathis, Kane - Kora Music
Information and photographs on the making and playing of the Kora, a West African "harp" and the history of Jelis or griots. Mathis, based in Barrington, Illinois, studied with Jeli Ba Malamin Jobarteh and his family in The Gambia. Includes audio clips of Kora music (for those with sound cards/speakers) and African proverbs collected by Mathis.

[Mbassi] Coco Mbassi
Cameroon singer / composer, now based in Europe. "Winner of the 1996 Radio France Internationale Decouvertes 'prize in the African music category." Discography, reviews. [KF]

"...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.

Mbira Music Page of 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.

Mtaa FM
African music "from hip-hop to gospel". Listen to audio, some video. Run by Kenyan Michael Simiyu, based in Philadelphia. Artists can upload their music. http://

Mtukudzi, Oliver "Tuku"
Zimbabwe guitarist, singer and songwriter. Kubatana has an audio clip and information about his album, Tuli Bamuchaala - We are the oprhans, made with children who have lost parents from HIV/AIDS.
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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."

Muna, Bachot
"Born in Cameroon, with no formal training, Bachot Muna is author, composer and pianist singer, covering a great variety of musical trends : Jazz, Funk, Classical and Soul Makossa." "Bachot won the awards of "best singer" and "best clip" of 1998 in Cameroon." Biography, audio files.

Facebook page for the music site. Founded 2006.

Music and Musicians in Namibia
On Ngatukondje Nganjone. Artist profile, photographs, audio samples, Maintained by software developer Uwe Thiem. [KF]

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".

" in South Africa, with emphasis on original African, jazz, hip hop and reggae music." Has an Artists A to Z with biographies on the musicians. Does not have audio files.

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.

"When you listen to his music it takes you through Africa, the Caribbeans, Latin America, the U.S." "Mwambu's recurring theme, shines through the music whether in Swahili, English, African dialects, or instrumental. The music explores everything from corruption and racial injustice to love and life" - quotes from the web site of the Kenyan musician.

Nairobi City Syndicate
Hosts Mtaa FM online radio - East African Hip Hop and R&B. Discussion forums, sells Kenyan CDs. Web site based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nam - 'Home of the Namibian Stars'
Artist biographies, photographs. Requires registration (free) to listen to music online.

Natari. Music of Africa
" from the whole of Africa listing over 3000 albums on record, tape and CD. "Artists and albums especially on tape...unique to this web site" "Many are also available to buy on line....write ups on many albums.... images and Real Audio clips..." Maintained by Nick Dean.

N'dour, Youssou
In French and English. Official site. "singer, songwriter, and composer, Youssou's mix of traditional Senegalese m'balax with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban samba to hip hop, jazz, and soul has won him an international fan base of millions." Discography, photographs, his projects (Joko internet project, AIDS education, etc.), lyrics, etc.

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).

New York University. Africa House
"Africa House is designed to become the intellectual center for NYU students and faculty who are studying Africa and the African diaspora." NYU's African Expressive Culture Project includes Black Renaissance Magazine (with All Hail Atunda! Popularity and Anarchy in the Music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, by Esiaba Irobi (7 pages in PDF). Chapter 1 of Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela (12 pages in PDF). Also the African Cities Documentary Series, headed by professors Manthia Diawara and Awam Amkpa, with film clips of Malian women discussing the world economy and controversial dance styles, Guinean scholar D.T.Niane on rural-urban migration, and visit to a traditional mask maker. [KF]

Database of Nigerian artists, writers, musicians, dancers, comedians and other creative artists. Includes biographies, audio clips, contact information. From Rakumi Arts International, Seattle, Washington.

Nii Tettey Tetteh
About a Ghanaian musician seeking to preserve traditional music which is endangered as older musicians die. Tetteh offers workshops and music tours which cover drumming, the traditional flute, gourds, dance. A biography, photos, audio samples from CDs (needs Real Player, sound card, speakers). Sells videos.

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 - Congolese Music
"Dedicated to music of the DR Congo during the heyday of 1950’s to the present. Broadcast in Lingala, French and English on Resonance FM in London, England. Hosted by Vincent Luttman, Kofi Pami and Esther Bodi. Broadcast every Saturday 1:30-2:30PM GMT and repeated every Thursday 7-8AM GMT." - R. Scheil. Playlists.

Nous Sommes Le Sang (We Are the Blood)
"...documentary about the evolution of jeliya, the art of the djeli. Djelis [griots] are ....... West African musical bards .....who have carried the history and culture of Mande West Africa for at least 1,000 years."

Ntama, Journal of African Music and Popular Culture (Mainz, Germany)
Full text articles (African hip hop, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, etc), reviews, events in Germany. Published 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)

Olomide, Koffi
Congolese singer (in Lingala), producer, and composer. Biography and audio clips at Calabash Music and
BBC Radio concert recording and interview at the 2005 Africa Remix festival. Afromix discography and the AfricaSounds 2001 Interview with photos. Pan African Allstars and African Musica Mall sell cds. BBC Radio concert recording (2005) at the African Remix festival.

Onzou Records - Yaya Diallo's Traditional & Contemporary West African Music
"Music and work of Malian Yaya Diallo. Independent record label producing traditional & contemporary West African music in collaboration with Malian musician / composer Yaya Diallo." Audio files online. Maintained by Stephen Conroy. [KF]

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 Has a MySpace site with complete tracks. See a film trailer of a documentary about the orchestra. See the 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.

Percussion Discussion Africa
A group of "8 musicians mixing traditional East African instruments with contemporary sounds," headed by Omwana We Nsenene Sewanyana on traditional drums. One needs to register to access the audio clips. Sung in Lusoga and Luganda. Sells CDs.

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 for many African musicians (Miriam Makeba, Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi, Afro-Portuguese music, etc.) Has a radio show, Putumayo World Music Hour. Includes audio clips. Internships are available. Based in New York city. [KF]

Radio Afrodicia - KPFK 90.7 FM
Website of a North Hollywood, California African music / world beat program run by DJ Nnamdi Moweta. Includes photographs, information on a local summer music festival with groups from Africa, Braziil, Cuba. Has a CD exchange. Nnamdi is founder of the Greencard music label.  E-mail:

Radio do Canal Angola da Quakenet
In Portuguese. Need to download playlists. Listen to Angolan music - kizomba. (requires soundcard, speakers/headset). The Embassy of Angola U.K. site also has kizomba music. Web site based in Toronto, Canada.

Radio One
Tanzanian radio station. If you have a sound card/speakers/RealPlayer, enjoy the latest hits and reports. Note from their site - "... Internet Bandwidth is still a major concern here in Tanzania - simply because it is not so readily available and hugely expensive. Because demand on our RealAudio server has been so high, we have been forced to limit its' bandwidth usage for now - so at peak times you may have trouble connecting. Our apologies if you're affected by this."

Ras Nas
"...a.k.a Nasibu Mwanukuzi, is a Scandinavian-based Tanzanian artist with rhythms and sounds from Reggae, Afro and World-beat music." Some songs are in Swahili. Has free MP3s. Read poetry and short stories by Ras Nas.

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.

Republique Democratique du Congo - Official Site
Has short audio files of Congolese musicians - West Ghenda's "AFDL", Papa Wemba, Koffi Olomide.

Site about percussion instruments found in West Africa and the Caribbean. One can purchase drums, shakers, bells, CDs and cassettes. All instruments are designed by Joe Agu and are made in the US. Has a list of U.S. retail stores. Rhythms is based in Sunnyvale, California. [KF]

Reggie Rockstone
Ghana rap / hiplife artist. Photos, a biography. .

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
Tour schedules for African musicians, audio clips, links to other music sites, reviews of African recordings.

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. Publishes sheet music in an African Art Music Series. Based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Samputu's World
In French. Site of Rwandan musician, Jean 'Paul Samputu, winner of the 2003 Kora Award for the Most Promising African Male Artist. Biography, discography. Based in Namur, Belgium. [KF]

San  Francisco Bay Area - African Music Stations

Scientifc African - Music
"...non-profit organization founded at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany." Information on a cd, Ghana Popular Music, 1931-1957, includes audio files of historical music (requires sound card, speakers or headset). History of the Union Trading Company of Basel which recorded (from 1931 + ) West African popular music. Also musicians from Malawi (Donald Kachamba, the Kambazithe Makolekole Band). Articles, musician profiles, audio files, photographs. Full text of a lecture by John Collins, Teaching African Popular Music Studies at University. Site of Henrik Bettermann. [KF]

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

Shona Music Page of David Bullock
Bullock of Portland, Oregon has a group which performs Shona mbira music. The page has links to other African music sites and some Zimbabwe sites.

Shumba - Marimba Band
A group of eight musicians from Eugene, Oregon who've been playing traditional Shona and contemporary music of Zimbabwe since 1982.. Has their concert schedule, audio song sampler for those with sound cards, an email list, and links to many African music sites .

Sierra Leone Music TV
Listen to music, download mixes (takes a while some are 50 min.), music videos, participate in a forum (requires registration). "SLMTV is a nonprofit organization created to showcase Sierra Leone artists....In 2000 we creates SLMTV as a national, nonprofit business organization representing Sierra Leone Music Entertainment Industry....... SLMTV represents more than one ethnic group." Web site based in the U.S. [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, Santa Cruz, and Santa Monica.

Skint Productions
Sells cds of Ugandan musicians. Based in London.

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] or

Somali Lyrics
"First website dedicated to Somali song lyrics." Search for song lyrics, request lyrics. Vote in surveys on songs, musicians. Links to related sites. Maintained by Mohamed Yuusuf. [KF]

Pan-African hip-hop band led by Ghanaian Derrick N. Ashong. "Fusing funk, reggae, hip-hop, and highlife, .." "if Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Lenny Kravitz and Gwen Stefani were all jammin' with the same band,... " Soulfège has origins at Harvard University. See also the Sweet Mother Tour site.

South African Journal of Musicology
Music in the European tradition. Site has the tables of contents only for the last two volumes, Vols. 13 (1993) and 14. The journal is the official organ of the Musicological Society of Southern Africa.

[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.

Sells Ghanaian music on iTunes, Amazon etc.

"...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."

Wanaku (singer, song writer, composer, from the former British Cameroons) and the band, SUNplug'd, draw "inspiration from indigenous / tribal / aboriginal music." Podcast of radio program about the band. Audio samples from their album, AfrikanGuitarStrophy. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Swahili Remix
In English and Swahili. "website showcasing Tanzania's Urban [especially hiphop music] Culture." Some audio clips. The Duka sells CDs. Also a myspace site.

Tambo Tambulani Tambo
In English, Portuguese, Danish. "founded in 1995 in Pemba, Northern Mozambique to promote art and culture" Stages productions of drama, music, dance where traditional art expressions and culture are incorporated into modern settings and preserved for the future. Tambo International Art Camp and Festival - Celebrating Cultural Diversity - brings artists together from different cultural backgrounds to promote their different cultural heritages to communities, inspiring each other..." Video clips.

Tarika Roots
On Folk Roots magazine's web site. Provides the tour schedule and discography for the TARIKA roots music group. or

Tedmak - Teddy Makonnen
Official website of Teddy Makonnen. Audio clips from his latest album. Teodros "Teddy"  Makonnen, composer, arranger, producer, and performer (jazz instrumental) for over twenty years is a "contributor in the development of the Ethiopian "new age" music revolution." Met and performed with Bob Marley in 1979. Based in Alexandria Virginia. [KF]

TeShamo Entertainment
Eritrean music videos, music radio. Disucssion forums, community events (weddings, etc.) Ringtones. The site owner is Yosief Abraha.

Tuareg musicians from Niger whose members are Hasso Akotey, Omara Al Moctar and Alassane Foungounou. 2006 world tour photographs. CD available from the Nomad Foundation.

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.

Tinder Records
Has Afro-Cuban albums, Toure Toure, Cape Verde music, Henri Dikongue, Fantcha, Paris Combo, Chiwoniso, etc., with MP3 audio clips. Based in San Rafael, CA.

[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.

[Traore] Samba Traore - Donso Ngoni Songs from Tambacounda
"Samba Traore is the sole musician. He plays the 6 stringed hunters "harp" and sings songs with deep meaning and simplicity in his native language of Bamana. "Traore is a master Donso Ngoni player from Tambacounda, Senegal. "Digitally recorded in Tambacounda, Senegal in December of 1999 by Jeremy Chevrier." Requires sound card, speakers, Real Player.

Uganda Videos
YouTube like music videos of popular Ugandan music, news. Artist profiles and discussion forums on Ugandan music. Examples - Julianna Kanyomozi, Joseph Kony press conference. Can upload your videos. Site based in New York City.

Ugandanlink - World wide ugandan community website
Site connecting Ugandans at home and those in the diaspora. Business news, music videos, discussion forums, links to Uganda radio, personal profiles, community events. "Ugandanlink, founded in February of 2004 is completely independent....created to feature information about the Ugandan Community such as sharing the Latest News, Community Events..."

UNESCO - Histoire générale de l’Afrique
In French. Published by UNESCO. In 8 volumes, with over 300 authors. Has the table of contents.
Has full text chapters from some volumes:

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 "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. If you have a sound card/speakers/RealPlayer, listen to local music and news.

Wainaina, Eric
Nairobi Kenya musician. Berklee College of Music (Boston) 2002 article. 1999 article, audio clips from a commercial site. His anti-corruption song, "Nchi ya kitu kidogo" "is the most requested tune on Nairobi's five private FM radio stations" - San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 25, 2001. "His music is a blend of Kenyan Benga rhythm and East African guitar styles with Western Harmony."

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]

Wemba, The Sound of Africa
In French and English. Sells African music (price 0.8 Euros per track) for download to your PC or music player. Sample audio tracks (you must enable popups). Based in the U.K.

White Cliffs Media
Established in 1985, provides books, CDs, videos and audio cassettes on drum and dance music from the Ewe (Ghana and Togo), the Damba festival music of northern Ghana, Mandiani drum and dance from Senegal, xylophone music from Ghana, etc.

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 Anthem by K'naan. By Karen Lotter. Article about K'naan and the song. Nov. 11, 2009.

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

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 Festival of Black Arts and Cultures - Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres, December 10-31, 2010, Dakar, Senegal
In English, French, Portuguese. Third World Festival. The first World Festival was held in Dakar in 1966. The second Festival was held in 1977 in Nigeria. Sponsored by the African Union. History & video. Brazil is the guest of honour.

World Music Network
Produces the Rough Guide African music albums. Brief audio & video clips. Musician profiles. Links to National Public Radio audio interviews with African musicians. "Founded in 1994 by husband and wife team Phil Stanton and Colombian-born Sandra Alayón-Stanton, World Music Network compilations with the Rough Guides, fund raising albums with Oxfam and Amnesty International, and artist releases on Riverboat Records." Based in London.

Yahoo's African Music Pages
Includes links to Afropop Worldwide. Their Artists site includes Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Samite of Uganda, Pape Seck.

Zimbabwe Online Entertainment, ZONET
Listen to Zimbabwe music. Discussion forum (register to post), chat, etc. Website based in Hawaii.

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.

Los Angeles - African Music Programs
Radio Afro-Dicia Los Angeles radio program with DJ Nnamdi Moweta on 90.7 FM, KPFK. Local concert schedules, audio clips,

San Francisco Bay Area - African Music Events - No audio clips at these sites.
KALW, 91.7 FM Radio - Thursday, 9 pm features "Kumpo Beat" ("For three hours every week, Henri-Pierre Koubaka hosts a program of African music, philosophy, and folk culture.")
KKUP 91.5 FM Radio - Emmanuel Nado's "Echoes of Africa", Mondays, 3 - 6 pm and Vince Gbenga's "Afro-Spirit", 2nd and 4th Fridays, 9 pm - midnight.
Maisha Productions- San Francisco Bay Area and promotional company. "We specialize in socially concious and community building events that promote diversity and our beauty."