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Introduction
African music... music of a continent. The diversity in styles and the sheer infinite number of artists makes it impossible to be exhaustive. This is therefore only a selection of musicians of some African countries (mainly Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Congo). The selection is mainly based on what I like... You'll find complete discographies, and concise biographies of the featured artists and bands. The emphasis is on popular urban African music.

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332 artists from
34 countries! More than
2600 albums featured
Latest site update: 21 August 2016
 
News
Papa Wemba• 24-04-2016: Congolese singer and fashion icon Papa Wemba dead during concert
Congolese singer, bandleader, afro-pop and rumba icon Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba aka Papa Wemba died this morning at the age of 66 during what turned out to be his last concert on the Festival des musiques urbaines d'Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Côte d'Ivoire. He collapsed during the third song, and He died shortly after. Papa Wemba was among the greatest of all Congolese vocalists and bandleaders, he has been had a leading role in important bands such as Zaiko Langa Langa, Isifi Lokole, Yoka Lokole and founded himself Viva la Musica, and also Nouvelle Ecriture / Nouvelle Ecrita, Nouvelle Tendance and Village Molokai.

• 25-10-2015: new clip of Darré by Moh! Kouyaté featuring Mariama
Moh!'s first album « Loundo (Un jour) » was released in early 2015. The album comes with refreshing songs, showing influences of Mandingo music, afro-beat, mixed with funky elements on the song « Yéllé ». There are featurings by Vincent Ségal and Piers Faccini on « Gassata », and by singer Mariama (from Sierra Leone) on « Darré ». Of this song, the video clip has been released.



Moussa Ngom• 11-10-2015: Senegambian icon Moussa Ngom died
Gambian singer Moussa Ngom died 11 October 2015 in the Aristide Le Dantec Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. He was buried the next day in the religious town of Touba, also in Senegal. This shows that he was at home as well in Senegal as in his home country the Gambia. In music, he was famous as singer of Guelewar de Banjul, spent a few years (until 1988) in Super Diamono, after that he started a solo career. Moussa Ngom was respected for his honesty and simplicity, he was seen as a follower of Panafricanism, and he has always advocated a Senegambian entente.


Bako Dagnon• 07-07-2015: Untimely death of Bako Dagnon
Sometimes referred to as Mali best guarded secret, songstress Bako Dagnon died in the early morning of 7 July at the Hospital Point G in Bamako. She has had a 40-years career in music, for 10 years she was part of the Ensemble Instrumental National du Mali along with several stars. Respected among fellow Malians, and also by prominent artists, she received more (international) fame in the 21th Century, after her recordings with Mandekalou, followed by two much acclaimed international solo albums.


Rogbane beach• 29-07-2014: Drama on the beach, 33 dead after rap concert on Conakry beach.
A rap concert organised at the end of Ramadan season turned into a drama. After performances by Banlieuz'art and Instinct Killers, a massive crowd tried to find its way out of the Rogbane beach area while others still tried to get in. Among the dead there many young people, mainly teenagers, some were apparently even as young as 12 years old. Guinean President Alpha Condé declared one week of national mourning and measures were announced to prevent this in future. The organisers, Malick Kébé and Ablaye M'Baye are held in custody. A similar event occurred at another beach in Guinea's capital Conakry, Lambanyi beach on the 1st of January 2014. Several people died when a small bridge collapsed under the weight of a crowd during a New Year's eve party.


Record Store Day• 19-04-2014: Record Store Day 2014
Exclusive limited edition releases at this year's Record Store Day, such as Amadou Balake's « Bar Konon Moussou Bar ». This years, about 250 exclusive releases mainly on vinyl are released at the occasion of the Record Store Day, which started in the US in 2007. In the following years, record stores in many countries started to participate in order to promote sales of records. Other African releases:
Bombino: « Agamgam 2004 »;
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola: « Se E Tun De/Waka Waka » (7'');
V/A: « Rough Guide to Mali » (2nd Edition).


Record Store Day• 13-02-2014: The King of Congolese pop has died
King Kester Emeneya, born 1956 as Jean Emeneya Mubiala Kwamambu, died in a Paris hospital in the early morning of 13 February 2014. Emeneya started his career with Papa Wemba's Viva la Musica, before establishing his own orchestra Victoria Eleison. He had many hits, innovative songs and memorable concerts and tours, in Congo as well as in the US, Japan, Switzerland and France (Zénith, Olympia). Emeneya was having health problems since he was shocked to hear about the death of Tabu Ley 30 November of last year.

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New Artist Pages:
New pages 2016:
05/03: Djeneba Seck
22/04: Bamba Wassoulou Groove
19/05: M'Toro Chamou
21/08: Sekou Kouyaté

New pages 2015:
29/04: Bko Quintet
22/07: Moh! Kouyaté
07/09: Ruth Kotto
19/12: Banlieuz'art

New pages 2014:
29/01: Bil Aka Kora
26/02: Les Têtes Brûlées
17/04: Amy Collé Dieng
23/07: Ben Zabo
29/09: Sultan Zembellat
23/10: Queen Biz

New pages 2013:
27/01: Takeifa
24/02: Les Golden Sounds
30/04: Andra Kouyaté
30/07: Mbarga Soukous
25/09: Ma Sané & Waflash
31/10: Samba Touré
29/11: H'Sao
28/12: Tal National




Page Updates
New albums 2015:
10/01: Grace Decca: Mouna
14/01: Felix Wazekwa: I Love You
17/01: Werrason: Flèche Ingeta
01/02: Boubacar Traoré: Mbalimaou
12/02: Mathey: Tu m'as dit
27/02: Bassekou Kouyaté: Ba Power
21/03: Toumani Diabaté: Toumani & Sidiki
08/04: Gino Sitson: VoiStrings
11/04: Amity Meria: Djanto
17/04: Gesse Roy: Esprit Rebel Spirit
04/05: Tal National: Zoy Zoy
15/05: Samba Touré: Gandadiko
23/05: Blick Bassy: Akö
11/06: Papa Wemba: Maître d'école
22/06: Cheikh Lo: Balbalou
27/06: Alune Wade & Harold Lopez-Nussa: Havana-Paris-Dakar
11/07: Magic System: Radio Afrika
01/08: Alpha Blondy: Positive Energy
20/08: Daby Touré: Amonafi
12/09: Andra Kouyaté: Je vous aime
14/09: Tiken Jah Fakoly: Racines
02/10: Suzanna Lubrano: Vitoria
13/10: Koffi Olomide: 13ième Apôtre
05/11: Victor Démé: Yafaké
10/12: Kandia Kouyaté: Renascence
23/12: Viviane: Retaan

New albums 2016:
06/01: Coumba Gawlo: Sen Gawlo Yeksina
14/01: Baaba Maal: The Traveller
24/01: Omar Ka & A Fula's Call: Liingu
07/02: Rokia Traoré: Né So
16/02: Angélique Kidjo: Sings
17/02: Vieux Farka Touré: Touristes
09/03: Djelimady Tounkara: Djely Blues
17/03: Adama Yalomba: Waati Sera
31/03: Adama Secka et les Damels: Wakh
05/05: Henri Dikongue: Diaspora
22/05: Ba Cissoko: Djéli
01/06: Nawal: Embrace the Spirit
11/06: Hadja Kouyaté: Akorossi
21/06: Fac Alliance: Gorko Sussaï
25/06: Richard Bona: Heritage
06/07: Kaloum Star: Lalaba
23/07: Kerfala Kanté: Djely Laye
23/07: Kerfala Kanté: Merci
30/07: Elie Kamano: Mafiafrik