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  • 20 July 2019
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In the thread What Kind of Music do you prefer ( ) it came up that several of us liked African music of various types. I have been a fan since my teens when someone chose to play their Johnny Clegg album at an otherwise dismal party.This is one of my favorites of his.

I was hooked and tried to search out more like this, but this was all in the dark ages before the advent of the world wide web and streaming music and Youtube. So I was dependent on word of mouth recommendations that I could then present to the local record sore and make them order in just for me.
I later discovered Yousou N'dour. The piece below is one of my favorites from his The Guide (Wommat) album, admonishing taxi drivers and others to be good to tourists, that they are the community's lifeblood. Mainly, I like it because of the very danceable sound.

As a guitar player, I discovered Timbuktu guitarist Ali Farke Toure. This is one of my favorite of his songs. He has a song, Vieux Farke Toure, who also plays guitar.

I am hoping we can use this thread to share our favorite African artists, whether they are traditional musicians or, as those I have posted, more Afro-pop. Please tell us about who you are listening to and what you know about them.

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Thanks for starting a thread specifically for African music and musicians, @Halla. I'd love to get more awesome African musicians onto my playlist. In the "What type of music do you prefer to listen to?" thread (here), I mentioned these musicians:

Amadou & Mariam (Mali)
Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda)
Lucky Dube (South Africa)
Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa)
Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe)

Orchestra Baobab (Senegal) is great and so is Freshlyground (South Africa).

In addition, here are some of my favorite songs:
"Awa Awa" by Wes (Cameroon)
"Amidinine" by Bombino (Niger)
"Birima" by Youssou N'Dour (Senegal)

I also like Afro Celt Sound System, now Afro Celts, which is a fusion of West African and ... yes, you guessed it ... Irish music.