I don’t know know a whole lot about African music outside of Afrobeat. There are so many different styles that it’s kind of intimidating trying to find a way in. Post some good tracks in here so I can educate myself!
From my limited knowledge I’ll start off with these
There’s a good documentary about these guys. Love that screaming coffee tin instrument
All the 60s influenced Zambian rock fucking slaps
(Mali alone has more good music than you could possibly explore in a lifetime, and is possibly/arguably the root of western pop music as we know it, via the blues)
Discovered this the other year. Seems in Botswana they play guitar a bit differently…
This is one of my albums of the year. Upbeat psych;
This is absolutely incredible.
This might be of interest:
I don’t know too much of their catalogue but this album is great:
Largely instrumental kora playing from Senegal recorded in the 80s (there’s vocals on some tracks though)
There’s an album up on Spotify
Also made this playlist with a load of African artists (though not by design)
This is superb. The whole collection is great (African Scream Contest Pts 1 and 2 from Analog Africa label).
I love soukous, just so joyous and danceable. Diblo Dibala is one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived
The Honest Jon’s compilation series ‘London is the Place For Me’ contains some absolute gold. The first couple of volumes are largely Caribbean calypso music but the later volumes introduce more African artists, highlife and kwela music (from artists presumably with connections to London?).
Love this one:
Analog Africa have released/reissued some excellent stuff!
Big fan of Ethiopian ‘Golden Age’ stuff –
Hailu Mergia / Walias
The Ethiopiques series is amazing, just pick one and dive in.
Ghanaian jazz prog anyone?
This compilation of Madagascan music has some gold on it if memory serves