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African Music - A Journey North to South

African Soul Rebel
 
Rai Rebels
Rai Rebels
"Algeria - This is an excellent introduction to rai music - it contains the classic 'N'sel Fik'."
Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil)
Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil)
"Algeria - An enchanting blend of North African and Andalusian musical influences."
Night Spirit Masters
Night Spirit Masters
"Morocco - Hypnotic night time music from Marrakesh"
MOORISH MUSIC FROM MAURITANIA
MOORISH MUSIC FROM MAURITANIA
"Mauritania - The first half of the album features accompaniment on the tidinit (traditional lute), the second half features the electric guitar."
Voz D' Amor
Voz D' Amor
"Cape Verde - A great album from the bare foot diva. Also recommended: Miss Perfumado."
M'Bem di Fora
M'Bem di Fora
"Cape Verde - Once a backing singer for Cesaria Evora - now a star in her own right. Also recommended: Di Korpu ku Alma"
Moffou
Moffou
"Mali - An acoustic gem from one of Mali's finest musicans. Also recommended: M'bemba"
Amassakoul
Amassakoul
"Mali - Definitive desert blues. Also recommended: Aman Iman (Water is Life)"
THE MANDE VARIATIONS
THE MANDE VARIATIONS
"Mali - He is possibly the finest kora player in West Africa. Also recommended: Boulevard de l'Independence"
OUMOU
OUMOU
"Mali - A great collection from one of West Africa's finest singers. Also recommended: Her new album, Seya."
Segu Blue
Segu Blue
"Mali - Wonderful debut under his own name from Ali Farka Toure's ngoni (small lute) player."
NIAFUNKE
NIAFUNKE
"Mali - For many he was the original African 'blues' guitarist.  Also recommended: Savane."
Biriko
Biriko
"Mali - A great diva with an amazing voice. Also recommended: Kita Kan"
Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)
Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)
"Senegal - A very satisfying semi-acoustic album from one of Senegal's biggest names in music. Also recommended: Djam Leelii (with Mansour Seck)."
Set
Set
"Senegal - Senegal's first international music star. 'Set' successfully blends traditional rhythms with a modern studio sound. Also recommended: Immigres"
SPECIALIST IN ALL STYLES
SPECIALIST IN ALL STYLES
"Senegal - Masters of Afro-Cuban music. Also recommended: Pirate's Choice"
Paraiso Di Gumbe
Paraiso Di Gumbe
"Guinea Bissau - One of the few recordings available from this little known country - luckily it's a good one!"
Yasimika
Yasimika
"Guinea - This album is hard to track down now - but it's an absolute classic!"
Lagos No Shaking
Lagos No Shaking
"Nigeria - A funky introduction to Fela Kuti's master drummer."
Ki Ngodi Ngodi
Ki Ngodi Ngodi
"DR Congo - Great 90s soukous."
Hot Heads
Hot Heads
"Cameroon - Energetic bikutsi music."
The Shed Sessions
The Shed Sessions
"Zimbabwe - This compilation contains every song from the superb album 'Shabini' plus a lot more."
Tuku Music
Tuku Music
"Zimbabwe - The grandfather of Zimbabwean music."
Memeza
Memeza
"South Africa - She was South Africa's biggest pop star, but sadly died very young."
The Best Of Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks
The Best Of Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks
"South Africa - An excellent collection of her early recordings with the Skylarks."