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December 2009:

 Madilu System (Congo-Kinshasa);
New album of Bako Dagnon added;
New album of Mamady Keita added;
New album of Ismael Wonder added.

November 2009:

 Kino Mabella (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New album of Salif Keita added;
- New album of Ricardo Lemvo added;
- New album of Tinariwen added;
- New album of Adama Yalomba added.

October 2009:

 Lamine Konté (1942-2007) (Senegal);
- New album of Richard Bona added;
- New album of Francis Ndoumbe added;
- New album of Omar Pene added;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: The Syliphone Years;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page;
- At last: Musiques d'Afrique is having its own domain www.musiques-afrique.com!

September 2009:

 Guelewar Band of Banjul (The Gambia);
- New album of Daby Balde added;
- New album of Kandia Kouyaté added;
- New album of Sila & the Afrofunk Experience added;
- New album of Super Mama Djombo added;
- New album of André-Marie Tala added.

August 2009:

 Fodé Baro (Guinea);
- New album of Afel Bocoum added;
- New album of Bassekou Kouyaté added;
- New album of Werrason added;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: African Pearls with the forthcoming compilation album Côte d'Ivoire - West African Crossroad;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with further festivals added, and more info on programmed artists.

July 2009:

 Suzanna Lubrano (Cape Verde);
- New album of Amadou & Mariam added;
- New album of Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis added;
- New album of Kandia Kouyaté added;
- New album of Mabulu added.

June 2009:

 Boolumbal (Mauritania);
- New album of Toumani Diabaté added;
- New album of Fally Ipupa added;
- New album of Baaba Maal added;
- New album of Sam Tshintu & Academia added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with further festivals added, and more info on programmed artists.

May 2009:

- New album of Orchestre Baobab added;
- New album of Sayon Camara added;
- New album of Metzo Djatah added;
- New album of Nahawa Doumbia added, plus completed discography;
- New album of N'faly Kouyaté added;
- New album of Abdou Guité Seck added;
- New album of Vieux Farka Toure added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with more info on programmed artists.

April 2009:

 Sayon Bamba (Camara) (Guinea);
- New album of Rail Band added;
- Updated discography of Sam Fan Thomas;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: African Pearls with the compilation album Senegal 70 - Musical Effervescence.

March 2009:

- New album of Djeour Cissokho added;
- New album of The Moreira Project added;
- New album of Daby Touré & Skip McDonald added;
- New album of Xalam added.

February 2009:

 Daby Baldé (Senegal);
- New album of Ba Cissoko added;
- New album of Oumou Sangaré added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with four more festival dates for 2009.

January 2009:

 Bara Sambarou (Mali);
- New album of Ben Decca added;
- New album of Guy Lobé added;
- New album of Felix Wazekwa added;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: African Pearls;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with the first festival dates for 2009;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

December 2008:

 Bopol (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New album of Jean-Pierre Essome added.

November 2008:

 Espoirs de Coronthie (Guinea);
- New album of Amadou & Mariam added;
- New album of Kasse Mady Diabaté added;
- New album of Mamadou Diabaté added;
- New album of King Kester Emeneya added;
- New album of Vieux Farka Touré added.

October 2008:

- New album of Daouda added;
- New album of Femi Kuti added;
- New album of Youssou N'Dour added;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: African Pearls.

September 2008:

 Shiko Mawatu (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New album of Tiken Jah Fakoly added.

August 2008:

 Abakuya (Cameroon);
 Rachel Ratsizafy (Madagascar);
- New album of Issa Bagayogo added;
- New album of Manu Dibango added;
- New album of Fallou Dieng added;
- New album of Fode Kouyate added;
- New album of Baaba Maal added;
- New album of Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga added;
- New album of Koffi Olomide added.

July 2008:

 Seun Kuti (Nigeria);
- New album of Amadou Balake added;
- New album of Jeff Kavanda added;
- New album of Sekou Kouyate added;
- New album of Awilo Longomba added;
- New album of Rail Band added;
- Updated page Frikyiwa mini-site (new album added);
- Updated page African Music Compilations: African Pearls;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

June 2008:

 Victor Deme (Burkina Faso);
- New album of Kante Manfila & Sorry Bamba added;
- New album of Nawal added;
- New albums of Werra Son added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: The Syliphone Years.

May 2008:

- New albums of Les Frères Guissé, Touré Kunda, Rokia Traoré and Papa Wemba added.

April 2008:

 Bako Dagnon (Mali);
- New albums of Diogal, Etienne Mbappé and Lobi Traoré added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with the first festival dates for 2008.

March 2008:

- New albums of Defao and Sam Mangwana added.

February 2008:

 Babani Kone (Mali);
- New albums of Richard Bona, Toumani Diabaté, Baaba Maal and Oliver Mtukudzi added.

January 2008:

 Francis Ndoumbe (Cameroon);
- New albums of Dora Decca, Kerfala Kante, Karma Pa, Alioune Nder, Omar Pene & Super Diamono, Sokan, Felix Wazekwa and Wenge Musica BCBG added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

December 2007:

 Dina Bell (Cameroon);
 Aly Keita (Côte d'Ivoire);
- New albums of Aster Aweke, Kester Emeneya & Victoria Eleison, Tabu Ley and Petit Pays added.

November 2007:

 Joe Dioubaté (Guinea);
 Bibi Den's Tshibayi (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Alpha Blondy, Pépé Kallé & Empire Bakuba and Koffi Olomide added.

October 2007:

 Pape Armand Boye (Senegal);
 Tabu Ley Rochereau (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Prince Eyango, Fally Ipupa, Koffi Olomide, Wenge El Paris and Youssou N'Dour added;
 Musiques d'Afrique Blogspot [external link].

September 2007:

 Kamalor (Senegal);
 Laba Sosseh (The Gambia/Senegal);
- New albums of Orchestra Baobab, Manu Dibango, Magic System, Sally Nyolo and Tiken Jah Fakoly added.

August 2007:

 Doudou Copa (Congo-Brazzaville);
 Mah Kouyaté N° 1 (Mali);
- New albums of Salif Keita and Habib Koité added.

July 2007:

 Fally Ipupa (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Yeleen (Burkina Faso);
- Updated discography of Koffi Olomide;
- New albums of King Kester Emeneya, Ouza, Thione Seck, Djelimady Tounkara with Super Rail Band, and Fantani Touré added.

June 2007:

 Alune (Senegal);
- New album of Rail Band added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

May 2007:

 Fac Alliance (Guinea);
 The Kafala Brothers (Angola);
 African Music Compilations: The Syliphone Years;
- New albums of Pierrette Adams and Etoiles de Boulbinet added.

April 2007:

 Fatoumata Dembele (Burkina Faso);
 N'faly Kouyate (Guinea);
- New albums of Africando, Manu Dibango, Manou Gallo, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour and Koffi Olomide added;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: African Pearls / Cuban Pearls;
- Updated page African Music Compilations: Cantos Classic Titles;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

March 2007:

 Moreira Chonguica (Mozambique); 250th artist page!
 Bassekou Kouyate (Mali);
- New albums of Manu Dibango, Ricardo Lemvo and Papa Noel added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

February 2007:

 Fatou Linsan Barry (Guinea);
 Vieux Farka Toure (Mali);
- New albums of Papa Noel, Daby Toure and J.B. Mpiana & Wenge BCBG added.

January 2007:

 Nanou Coul (Mali);
 Abdou Guité Seck (Senegal);
- New albums of Diblo Dibala, Extra Musica, Coumba Gawlo, Dene Issebere, Femi Kuti, Koffi Olomide, André-Marie Tala, and Tinariwen added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page, with the first 14 festival dates for 2007;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

December 2006:

- New albums of Ibro Diabate, Meiway, Kristo Numpuby, Papa Wemba and Werrason added.

November 2006:

 Boketshu 1er & Classic Swede Swede (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Manda Chante (Congo-Kinshasa);
 African Music Compilations: Syllart's African Mosaïc;
 New page with legal stuff and list of contributors;
- Revised page on featured label Frikyiwa with 4 new albums;
- New albums of Djeli Moussa Diawara, Horoya Band and Petit Pays added.

October 2006:

 Ndongo Lo (Senegal);
 Universal Zangul (Congo-Brazzaville);
 African Music Compilations: Cantos Classic Titles;
 African Music Compilations: Network's Golden Afrique;
 African Music Compilations: Syllart's African Pearls;
- Revised page on Extra Musica;
- Revised page on Moni Bilé;
- New albums of Africando, Sekouba Bambino, Ba Cissoko and Boubacar Traore added.

September 2006:

 Barbara Akabla (Côte d'Ivoire);
 Jean Paul Samputu (Rwanda);
- New albums of Bembeya Jazz, Fallou Dieng, Salif Keita & les Ambassadeurs, Ami Koita, Ismael Lo, Magic System, Mathey, Koffi Olomide and Secka added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

August 2006:

 Prince Diabate (Guinea);
- New albums of Orchestre Baobab, Longue Longue and K-Tino added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

July 2006:

 Sokan (Burkina Faso);
- New albums of Oliver Mutukudzi and Ali Farka Toure added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

June 2006:

Exclusive MP3 download of unreleased song by Cameroonian singer Coco Mbassi. Download only available from 20 June till 27 June 2006.

 Zao (Congo-Brazzaville);
- New albums of Bavon Marie Marie, Defao, Koffi Olomide and Papa Wemba added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

May 2006:

 Doura Barry (Guinea);
- New album of Oliver N'Goma added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

April 2006:

 Djagbawara Sali (Mali);
- New albums of Afel Bocoum, Manu Dibango, Baaba Maal and Awa Maiga added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

March 2006:

 Gnonnas Pedro (Benin);
 Koppo (Cameroon);
- New album of Adolphe Dominguez added;
- Revised pages on Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Touré.

February 2006:

 Djeour Cissokho (Senegal);
 Amity Meria (Burkina Faso);
- New albums of Stella Chiweshe, Toumani Diabate and Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

January 2006:

 Djouna Big One (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Reddy Amisi, Coumba Gawlo, Karma Pa, Kékélé, Coco Mbassi (DVD), Youssou N'Dour, Maciré Sylla, Felix Wazekwa and Werrason added.
- More (used) CDs for sale in the webshop.

December 2005:

 Amadou Balake (Burkina Faso);
- New albums of Chantal Ayissi and Sergeo Polo added;
- More (used) CDs for sale in the webshop.

November 2005:

 Bipoli (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Lama Sidibe (Guinea);
- New albums of Amadou & Mariam added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

October 2005:

 Quatre Etoiles (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Xalam (Senegal);
- New albums of Richard Bona and Les Escrocs added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

September 2005:

 Nawal (Comoros);
 Super Cayor de Dakar (Senegal);
- New albums of Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita and Cheikh Lo added.

August 2005:

 Diata Sya (Mali);
- New albums of Alpha Yaya Diallo, Baaba Maal and Thione Ballago Seck added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page;
- More (used) CDs for sale in the webshop.

July 2005:

 Douk Saga (Côte d'Ivoire);
 Sila & The Afrofunk Experience (Kenya);
- New albums of Les Frères Guissé, Alioune Nder, Youssou N'Dour, Nyboma, Lobi Traoré and Viviane added.
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

June 2005:

 Bavon Marie Marie & le Negro Succes (Congo-Kinshasa - RDC);
 Amadou Guitteye "You" (Mali);
- New albums of Toumani Diabaté & Ali Farka Touré, Metzo Djatah, Magic System and Papa Wemba added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

May 2005:

 Kristo Numpuby (Cameroon);
 Ismaël Wonder (Côte d'Ivoire);
- New albums of Mamady Keita, Gino Sitson and Djelimady Tounkara added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

April 2005:

 Sonia Carre d'As (Burkina Faso);
 Cherif M'Baw (Senegal);
- New albums of Diblo Dibala, Oliver Mtukudzi, Youssou N'Dour and Thione Seck added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page.

March 2005:

 Andrian (Madagascar);
 Daby Touré (Senegal/Mauritania);
 Tim Winsé (Burkina Faso);
- New albums of Amadou & Mariam and Omar Pene added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page.

February 2005:

 Fanta Damba (Mali);
- New country page Musiques du Burkina Faso both in English and in French;
- New albums of Aster Aweke, Fatou Guewel Kara, Salif Keita, Omar Pene & Super Diamono and Boubacar Traoré added.

January 2005:

 Bokelo Blito (Congo-Kinshasa - RDC);
 Negramers (Burkina Faso);
- New albums of Academia, Adolphe Dominguez, Lokua Kanza, and Maciré Sylla added.

December 2004:

 Daouda (Côte d'Ivoire);
 Jeff Kavanda (Congo-Kinshasa - RDC);
 Separate French entry page;
- New albums of Henri Dikongue, Oliver Mtukudzi and Petit Pays added;
- Revised page on Werrason & Wenge MMM;
- Restyling operation of the site started.

November 2004:

 Trio Madjesi & Orchestre Sosoliso (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Ameth Male (Senegal);
 New page on Frikyiwa Festival 2004 as part of the Frikyiwa mini-site;
- New albums of Amadou & Mariam, Bembeya Jazz National, Mamadou Diabate, Hijas del Sol, Youssou Ndour and Koffi Olomide added;
- Revised page on Defao;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page with more festival dates in 2004 and 2005.

October 2004:

 Viviane Etienne (Cameroon);
 Sergeo Polo (Cameroon);
 New link page;
- New albums of Pierrette Adams, Alpha Blondy, Ben Decca, Amy Koita, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Ali Farka Toure added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004.

September 2004:

 Metzo Djatah (Sénégal);
- New albums of Manu Dibango, Les Etoiles de Boulbinet, Kamaldine, Mamady Keita, Femi Kuti and Wenge BCBG & J.B. Mpiana added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page with more festival dates in 2004 and 2005.

August 2004:

 Devally Inac (Cameroon);
 Ali Boulo Santo (Senegal); 200th artist page!
 New Frikyiwa mini-site;
- New albums of Issa Bagayogo, Fallou Dieng, Omar Ka, Youssou N'Dour, Adja Soumano, Viviane, Felix Wazekwa and Adama Yalomba added;
- Revised page on Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga;
- Revised page on Nyboma;
- Reworked page about Tiken Jah Fakoly with detailed album information;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page with more festival dates in 2004 and 2006;
- Restyled left menu on main page with grouped navigation buttons.

July 2004:

 Etienne Mbappe (Cameroon);
 Nyboma, Orchestre Les Kamale, Orchestre Lipua Lipua (Lipwa Lipwa) (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Sekou Bembeya Diabate, Les Escrocs, Mory Kante, Macire Sylla and Woya added;
- Revised page on Papa Noel;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004.

June 2004:

 Keletigui Diabate (Mali);
 Karma Pa (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Manu Dibango, Meiway and Youssou N'Dour added;
- Revised page on Ali Baba (1956-2004);
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004.

May 2004:

 Bana OK (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Tinariwen (Mali);
- New albums of Sekouba Bambino and Angelique Kidjo added;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004.

April 2004:

 Hadja Kouyaté (Guinea);
 Lobi Traoré (Mali);
 Woya (Côte d'Ivoire);
- New albums of Empire Bakuba, Moni Bile, Mamady Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Geoffrey Oryema and Diogal Sakho added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa page with more festival dates in 2004 and 2005;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004.

March 2004:

 Queen Etémé (Cameroon);
 Fanga Fing (Mali);
 Oliver N'Goma (Gabon);
- New albums of Nahawa Doumbia, Empire Bakuba, K-Tino, Sekou Kouyate and Zélé le Bombardier added;
- Reworked page about Sekou Kouyate (Mali) with detailed album information and extended discography;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with more festival dates and programmed artists in 2004.

February 2004:

 Manou Gallo (Côte d'Ivoire);
 Kerfala Kanté (Guinea);
 Alain Makaba (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Alioune Mbaye Nder, Omar Pene & Super Diamono, Coumba Gawlo, Fatou Guewel, Kine Lam, Oliver Mtukudzi, Thione Seck and Papa Wemba added;
- Reworked pages about Khadja Nin and Touré Kunda (Senegal) with detailed album information and extended discography;
- Updated Festivals in Europe page with first dates in 2004;
- New Site search facility.

January 2004:

 Samy Diko (Cameroon);
 Longuè Longuè (Cameroon);
 Missia Saran (Guinea);
- New albums of Extra Musica, Kamaldine, Salif Keita, Fode Kouyate and K-Tino added.

December 2003:

 Sayon Camara (Guinea);
 Ba Cissoko (Guinea);
 Papa Noël (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Hijas del Sol, Alioune Mbaye Nder, Omar Pene, and Fantani Touré added.

November 2003:

 Pierrette Adams (Congo-Brazzaville);
 Ibro Diabaté (Guinea);
 Kékélé (Congo-Kinshasa);
- New albums of Manu Dibango and Yaya Diallo added.

October 2003:

 Ramata Diakité (Mali);
 Douleur (Cameroon);
 Viviane N'Dour (Senegal);
- New albums of Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Coco Mbassi, Youssou N'Dour and Papa Wemba added;
- Updated Festivals in Africa and Festivals in Europe pages.

September 2003:

 Fallou Dieng (Senegal);
 Kamaldine (Guinea);
 Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis (Guinea);
- New albums of Richard Bona, Aimé Buanga & Wenge Kumbela, Habib Koite, Awilo Longomba, Oumou Sangaré and Rokia Traoré added;
- Reworked page about Papa Wemba (Congo-Kinshasa) with detailed album information and extended discography.

August 2003:

 Donny Elwood (Cameroon);
 Kester Emeneya & Victoria Eleïson (Congo);
 Idrissa Soumaoro (Mali);
- New albums of Academia, Diblo Dibala, Mamady Keita and Sekou Kouyaté added;

July 2003:

 Richard Bona (Cameroon);
 SNK (Mali);
- New albums of Amy Koita, Meiway, K-Tino, and Papa Wemba added;
- Reworked page about Magic System (Côte d'Ivoire) with detailed album information and extended discography;
- Reworked page about Coumba Gawlo (Senegal) with detailed album information and extended discography;
- Updated Festival page and Festivals in Africa page.

June 2003:

 Daara J (Senegal);
 (Super) Rail Band (Mali);
 Tchico Tchicaya (Congo-Brazzaville);
- New albums of Les Frères Guissé, Thione Seck, Royal Band de Thiès, Les Sans Visa de Petit Pays and Rokia Traoré added;
- Reworked page about Prince Eyango (Cameroon) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Reworked page about Omar Pène & Super Diamono (Senegal) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Reworked page about Dieuf Dieul (Senegal) with detailed album information.

May 2003:

 Africando (Senegal/USA/Panafrican);
 Djiguiya (Burkina Faso);
 Mamou Sidibé (Mali);
- New albums of Jean-Pierre Essome and Sam Mangwana added;
- Reworked page about Ben Decca (Cameroon) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Reworked page about Jean-Pierre Essome (Cameroon) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Reworked page about André-Marie Tala (Cameroon) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Updated page about Robson Banda (Zimbabwe) with extended discography;
- Updated page about Defao (Congo) with extended discography;
- Updated page about Empire Bakuba (Congo) with extended discography;
- Updated page about Sam Mangwana (Congo) with extended discography;
- Updated page about Oliver Mutukudzi (Zimbabwe) with extended discography;
- Updated page about Adama Yalomba (Mali) with extended discography.

April 2003:

 Reddy Amisi (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Saramaya (Burkina Faso);
 Hadja Soumano (Mali);
- New albums of Toumani Diabaté and Boubacar Traoré (Kar Kar) added;
- Updated Music festivals in Europe page;
- Updated Music festivals in Africa page;
- Musiques du Mali pages now also available in French language (42 artist pages).

March 2003:

 Mathey (Côte d'Ivoire);
 Adama Yalomba (Mali);
- Musiques d'Afrique web shop with specially imported CDs from Mali and Burkina Faso;
- New albums of Djanbutu Thiossane, Positive Black Soul, Koffi Olomide, and Tiken Jah Fakoly added.

February 2003:

 Chata Addy & Susuma (Ghana);
 Pape & Cheikh (Senegal);
- New albums of Baaba Maal, Petit Pays and Super Mama Djombo added;
- Reworked page about Kassemady Diabaté (Mali) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Reworked page about Nahawa Doumbia (Mali) with detailed album information and pictures.

January 2003:

 N'Gou Bagayoko (Mali);
 Aimé Buanga & Wenge Kumbela (Congo-Kinshasa);
 Filifin (Mali);
- New albums of Koffi Olomide, and Werrason & Wenge Musica Maison Mère added;
- Reworked page about Mamadou Doumbia & Mandinka (Mali) with detailed album information and pictures;
- Reworked page about Lutchiana Mobulu 100% (Congo-Kinshasa) with detailed album information and pictures.


Updates 2002
Updates 1998-2001



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