African Music (Reference)

The reference list includes records that have been obtained and/or rated (in blue) as well as many other records that have been recommended from various sources.


Abana Ba Nasery

Dele Abiodun

Jewel Ackah (1945– )

Mustapha Tettey Addy (1943– )

King Sunny Ade (1946– )

Gboyega Adelaja

Segun Adewale (1955– )

Africa Express

Africa Negra

Africando [1994– ]

Teno Afrika

Afrocubism [2010– ]

Eric Agyeman

Vincent Ahehehinnou

Mahmoud Ahmed

Akanni Animashaun

Pierre Akendengue (1944– )

Al Bilali Soudan

Yemi Alade (1989– )

Tony Allen (1940–2020)

Alostmen

Otim Alpha

Amabutho

Amadou and Mariam [1989– ]

Amanar

Les Amazones d'Afrique

Les Amazones de Guinée

Les Ambassadeurs

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (1947– )

Nana Ampadu and the African Brothers

Alhousseini Anivolla

The Ano Nobo Quartet

Antibalas

Khaira Arby (1959–2018)

Asake (1995– )

Mulatu Astatke (1943– )

Ata Kak

Authentically Plastic

Avalanche Kaito

Aster Aweke

Adewale Ayuba

Linda Ayupuka

Jeich Ould Badou

Issa Bagayogo

Julian Bahula

Daby Balde (1969– )

Balimaya Project

Baloji (1978– )

Amadu Bamba

Kwi Bamba

Sorry Bamba (1938– )

Robson Banda

Les Bantous de la Capitale

Mamane Barka (1959– )

Barrister (1948– )

Waldemar Bastos (1954– )

Batida

Ecko Bazz

BCUC [2012– ]

Francis Bebey (1929–2001)

M'Bilia Bel (1959– )

Bella-Bella

Bembeya Jazz National

Gaby Lita Bembo

Benyoro

Chris Berry

Girma Bèyènè

Bhundu Boys

Moni Bilé (1957– )

Tony Bird (1945– )

Bitori

Black Star Musical Club

Black Umfolosi

Alpha Blondy (1953– )

Afel Bocoum (1955– )

Bola

Bole 2 Harlem

Bombino (1980– )

Bonga (1942– )

Henri Bowane

The Boyoyo Boys

Aziza Brahim (1976– )

Weedie Braimah

The Brother Moves On

Buraka Som Sistema [2008– ]

Burkina Electric

Burna Boy (1991– )

Buruklyn Boyz

Reuben Caluza

Sam Chege (1963– )

John Chibadura (1957–99)

Stella Chiweshe (1948– )

Choc Stars

Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band [2008– ]

Victor Chukwu

Anansy Cissé

Diabel Cissokho

Diali Cissokho

Ablaye Cissoko

Johnny Clegg (1953– )

Basil Coetzee (1919– )

Julie Coker

Colomach

Le Commandant de Bord

Congotronics International

Bako Dagnon

I.K. Dairo (1930–96)

Ya Ntesa Dalienst and Le Maquisard

Dama and D'Gary

Damily (1968– )

Dark City Sisters / Flying Jazz Queens

George Darko

Davido (1992– )

Maria De Barros

Debo Band

Le Général Defao

Kabza De Small (1992– )

D'Gary

Lapiro De Mbanga

Adama Diabaté

Boubacar "Badian" Diabaté

Djanka Diabate

Sekouba Bambino Diabaté

Sona Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté (1965– )

Zani Diabaté (1949–2011)

Ramata Diakité

Amadou Diagne

Alpha Yaya Diallo

Kady Diarra

Pascal Diatta

Fatoumata Diawara (1982– )

Dieuf-Dieul de Thiès

Élage Diouf

DJ Lag (1995– )

DJ Maphorisa (1987– )

DJ Travella

Djeli Moussa Diawara (1961– )

Diblo Dibala (1954– )

Manu Dibango (1934– )

Fallou Dieng

Henri Dikongué (1968– )

Aby Ngana Diop

Vieux Diop

Wasis Diop

Oumou Dioubate

DJ Black Low

DJ Katapila

DJ Sandji

Tahirou Djembé

Group Doueh [2007– ]

Nahawa Doumbia (1959– )

Drummers of Burundi

Lucky Dube

Duma

Dur-Dur Band

Mr Eazi (1991– )

Edoheart

Ekiti Sound

El Rego (1936– )

Coco Em

Alèmayèhu Eshèté (1941– )

Etoile De Dakar [1978–1982]

Etoile 2000

Etran De L'Aïr

Etran Finatawa

Césaria Évora (1940– )

Extra Golden

Extra Soul Perception

Eyuphuro

Sister Fa (1982– )

Mose Fan Fan (1945–2019)

Alou Fané's Foté Mocoba

Fanga

Fantasma

Fantcha

Farafina

Majek Fashek (1963–2020)

Brenda Fassie (1964–2004)

Fireboy DML (1996– )

Paulo Flores

Focalistic (1996– )

The Four Brothers

Fra Fra

Franco (1938–89)

Fulu Miziki

The Funkees

Gambari Band

Abba Gargando

Gato Preto [2011– ]

Awalom Gebremariam

Asnake Gebreyes (1963– )

Ghorwane

Gigi

The Good Ones

Dobet Gnahoré

Gonora Sounds

The Green Arrows [1974–1979]

Groupe RTD

Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (1923– )

Guelewar

Guiss Guiss Bou Bess

Kiki Gyan (1957–2004)

Smokey Haangala (1950–88)

Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

Hama

Harari [1975–1986]

Las Hijas del Sol

Inyang Henshaw

The Heshoo Beshoo Group [1970– ]

The Highlife Allstars

Ibibio Sound Machine

Iftin Band

Ikebe Shakedown

Solomon Ilori

Imarhan

Imarhan Timbuktu [2014– ]

Haruna Ishola

Jagwa Music

Emmanuel Jal (1980– )

Jaojoby (1955– )

Dawda Jobarteh (1976– )

Dexter Johnson

Orlando Julius (1943– )

Issa Juma

Jupiter and Okwess

Kabaka International Guitar Band [1977–1989]

Ahmed Ag Kaedy

Dominic Kakolobango

SK Kakraba

Hamad Kalkaba

Le Grand Kallé (1930–83)

Pépé Kallé (1951– )

Kanda Bongo Man (1955– )

Nuru Kane

Kanif the Jhatmaster

Mory Kanté (1950–2020)

Vieux Kanté (1974–2005)

Lokua Kanza (1958– )

Karantamba

Kasai Allstars

Ndala Kasheba

Kassmasse

Cécile Kayirebwa

Aly Keïta

Salif Keita (1949– )

Mamani Keita

Kékélé

Kel Assouf

Keleketla

Wouter Kellerman (1961– )

Kenge Kenge

Angélique Kidjo (1960– )

Kakai Kilonzo (1954–87)

Kinobe (1983– )

KMRU

K.O.G.

Amy Koita (1952– )

Habib Koité (1958– )

Sourakata Koité (1955– )

Kokoko!

Joe King Kologbo

Alex Konadu

Antoinette Konan

Oumar Konaté

Kondi Band [2016– ]

Aïcha Koné

Rokia Koné

KonKoma

Konono No. 1

Alhaji Bai Konte (1920–83)

Dembo Konte

Lamine Konte

Kotoja

Bassekou Kouyate (1966– )

Kandia Kouyate (1958– )

Ousmane Kouyate (1952– )

Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938–97)

Femi Kuti (1962– )

Seun Anikulapo Kuti (1983– )

Pierre Kwenders (1985– )

Ladysmith Black Mambazo [1984– ]

Carlos Lamartine

Rex Lawson

Ray Lema (1946– )

Ricardo Lemvo (1957– )

Les Filles De Illighadad [2016– ]

Les Wanyika

The Lijadu Sisters

Pedro Lima (1944–2019)

Cheikh Lô (1955– )

Ismaël Lo (1960– )

Ya Mbongo Lokassa

Loketo

Los Camaroes

Pablo Lubadika

Luka Productions

Lulendo

Lura

Mamadou Ly

Baaba Maal

Aurlus Mabele

Mabulu

Sipho Mabuse

Madalitso Band

Ahmoudou Madassane

Sho Madjozi

Kasse Mady (1955–2018)

Vusi Mahlasela (1965– )

Mahlathini (1937–99)

Mahotella Queens

Miriam Makeba (1934– )

Maloko

Malombo

Rebecca Malope

Malouma

The Mandators [1988– ]

Kanté Manfila (1947– )

Sam Mangwana (1945– )

The Manhattan Brothers

Samba Mapangala (1955– )

Thomas Mapfumo (1945– )

Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane (1984– )

Spokes Mashiyane

Masma Dream World

Dorothy Masuka

Spoek Mathambo (1985– )

Siama Matuzungidi

Maulidi and Musical Party

Irene Mawela

Charlotte Mbango

Prince Nico Mbarga (1950– )

Chérif Mbaw (1968– )

Syran M'Benza (1950– )

Mbongwana Star

Mzwakhe Mbuli

MC Yallah

Meiway

Getatchew Mekurya (1935–2016)

E.T. Mensah (1919– )

Joe Mensah

Hailu Mergia (1946– )

Busi Mhlongo

Mila na Utamaduni

Daniel Owino Misiani (1940–2006)

Mindanoo Mistiru

Mlimani Park Orchestra

Mdou Moctar (1986– )

Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed

Mokoomba

Monks of Keur Moussa Abbey

Monoswezi [2013– ]

Montparnasse Musique

Moonchild Sanelly (1987– )

Moreno and L'Orch First Moja-One (1955–93)

Harry Mosco

Pamelo Mounk'a (1945–96)

Gwigwi Mrwebi

The Mthembu Queens

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi (1952– )

Tshala Muana (1959– )

Ephat Mujuru (1950–2001)

Vee Mukarati

Maryam Mursal (1950– )

Muwei Power

Jean Bosco Mwenda

Janka Nabay (1964–2018)

Native Sound System

Youssou N'Dour (1959– )

Shiyani Ngcobo (1953– )

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

Samba Ngo

Obed Ngobeni

Wally Ngonda

Zim Ngqawana (1959–2011)

Dr. Nico (1939–85)

Nihiloxica

Koo Nimo (1934– )

Khadja Nin

Njava

Nkem Njoku

West Nkosi (1919– )

Papa Noel

Noori and His Dorpa Band

Nozinja

Nyboma

Sally Nyolo

Papé Nziengui (1958– )

Ebenezer Obey (1942– )

Obongjayar

Ayub Ogada

Sonny Okosun (1947– )

Babatunde Olatunji (1927–2003)

Koffi Olomide

John Ondolo

Oneness of Juju

Remmy Ongala (1947– )

Onipa

William Onyeabor

King Onyina

Orchestra Baobab

Orchestra Makassy [1982– ]

Orchestra Marrabenta Star of Mocambique

Orchestra Super Mazembe

Orchestre Abass

Orchestre Les Mangelepa

Orchestre Massako

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou [1973– ]

Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou

Orchèstre Vévé

Orchestre Volta-Jazz

Oriental Brothers International

Geoffrey Oryema (1953–2018)

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe (1936– )

Alhaji Waziri Oshomah (1948– )

Osibisa [1971– ]

Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou

Owiny Sigoma Band

Orlando Owoh

Abiodun Oyewole

Omar Pene

Penny Penny

Penya

Sir Shina Peters (1958– )

Phelimuncasi (2013– )

Pongo

Awa Poulo

Professor Rhythm

Qwanqwa

Barney Rachabane (1946–2021)

Rail Band [1970–1983]

Rakotozafy

Rema (2000– )

Tabu Ley Rochereau (1940–2013)

S.E. Rogie (1926–94)

Rossy

R2Bees

Sibiri Samaké

Sampa the Great (1993– )

Mamman Sani

Hama Sankare

Julia Sarr

Samite

Oumou Sangaré (1968– )

Tiwa Savage (1980– )

Mansour Seck (1955– )

Thione Seck

Sedhiou Band

Lingo Seini

Monique Séka

Séketxe

Seprewa Kasa

Chico Serra

Shirati Jazz

Shorty Skilz

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Simba Wanyika

Jonah Sithole

Gino Sitson

SMOD [2011– ]

Somadina

Songhoy Blues [2015– ]

Dele Sosimi (1963– )

Sotho Sounds

Soul Brothers [1988– ]

Foday Musa Soso

Carmen Souza (1981– )

Soweto Gospel Choir

Idrissa Soumaoro (1949– )

SPAZA

Staff Benda Bilili [2009– ]

Star Band De Dakar

Star Lovers

Sunburst

Super Eagles

Super Mama Djombo

Susso

Sweet Talks

Philip Tabane (1934–2018)

The Tabansi Studio Band

Tal National

Talking Drums

Tallawit Timbouctou

Tamikrest [2010– ]

Tarika [1995– ]

Tarika Sammy [1992– ]

Ebo Taylor (1936– )

Terakaft [2007– ]

Les Têtes Brulées [1986– ]

Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane (1936– )

Pat Thomas (1951– )

Sam Fan Thomas

Tidiane et Les Dieuf Dieul

Duval Timothy (1989– )

Tinariwen [2000– ]

Ali Farka Touré (1939–2006)

Amara Touré

Daby Touré

Samba Touré

Vieux Farka Touré (1981– )

Djelimady Tounkara

Sidi Touré (1959– )

Touré Kunda [1981– ]

T.P. OK Jazz

Boubacar Traoré (1942– )

Lobi Traoré (1961–2010)

Rokia Traoré (1974– )

Trio Da Kali

Shem Tube (1938– )

Etuk Ubong (1992– )

Ukandanz

Celestine Ukwu (1940–77)

Umoja (1982–91)

Sir Victor Uwaifo (1941– )

Christine Vaindirlis

Vakoka

The Very Best

Paulino Vieira

Vijana Jazz Band

Vis-a-Vis

Voz Di Sanicolau

Alune Wade (1978– )

Mirel Wagner (1987– )

Guy Warren

Wau Wau Collectif

Papa Wemba (1949–2016)

Wenge Musica

Asnaqètch Wèrqu (1933–2011)

Western Jazz Band

Max Wild

Shina Williams

Witchcraft Books

Wizkid (1990– )

Babes Wodumo

Zaïko Langa Langa

Zansa

Hukwe Zawose

Msafiri Zawose (1982– )

Zein Musical Party

Zomba Prison Project

Zshéa

Ndabo Zulu

Various Artists


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