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African Musicians

Musicians from African Countries and African Musical Traditions.

Amadou and Mariam
Amadou and Mariam incorporate many styles of music to create their own special blend of Afro-Pop. Without letting go of their Malian roots, they deftly blend such diverse styles as American Blues and R&B, Reggae, Cuban Son and more into their own cool, funky and unique style.

Cesaria Evora
Cesaria Evora sings a style of music called morna. Morna is the major indigenous form of music on the Cape Verde islands. The music is heavily rhythmic, but deeply plaintive and sad. Evora's voice is sultry with a touch of roughness.

Fela Kuti
Fela Kuti was the pioneer of Afrobeat music. He was a gifted multi-instrumentalist, playing, among other things, saxophone, keyboards, trumpet, drums and guitar. He was also a talented singer and a highly energetic live performer.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Artist Profile
A profile of seminal African a capella choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Mamadou Diabate
Mamadou Diabate is known for his tasteful and gentle kora playing, which is rooted heavily in the jeli tradition. He plays primarily traditional-style songs, but brings new life, and new accessibility, to the tradition by performing with various jazz, blues and rock musicians throughout the world.

Orchestra Baobab
Orchestra Baobab is a seminal Senegalese Afro-Cuban band who were initially popular in the 1970s and who experienced a resurgence in popularity leading to a re-formation in the 2000s.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Read a quick profile and mini-biography of Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, torchbearers of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat tradition.

SMOD is a music group from Mali (in West Africa) who blend traditional African sounds with hip-hop, folk-rock, and other influences. With a Manu Chao-produced album under their belt and performances at several major international festivals, SMOD is well on their way to becoming a big player on the international music scene.

Tinariwen is the premier Tuareg musical group in the world. The band formed in Muammar al-Qaddafi's rebel camps in 1982, and have since switched from guns to guitars, bringing their music around the world.

Habib Koite - A Modern Griot
Habib Koite is an accomplished guitar player from Mali. With his band Bamada, Koite explores the boundaries of West African music, from the traditional to the modern. Habib Koite has found international acclaim, and frequently tours both the United States and Europe.

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi, known as Tuku, is one of Africa's best-loved musicians. Hailing from Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi's inspired songwriting, brilliant guitar-playing, and lovable stage persona have made him Zimbabwe's most famous artist and a household name throughout Africa.

Bombino - Profile and Biography of Tuareg Blues Guitarist Bombino

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