The UK's

African
Music

Guide

Bringing together the UK's vibrant African music scene

Calabash!
Celebrates Africa!

Africa has the most diverse and exciting music on the planet.
Discover the latest releases – from Africa, the diaspora and homegrown talent in the UK with an African flavour!
Keep up with what’s on – with our events and concert guide dedicated to African music.
Enjoy our playlists – of songs from the latest African music releases and artists on stage in the UK.

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Orchestra Boabab UK Tour dates
UK Tour

ORCHESTRA BAOBAB’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY – UK TOUR 2022

2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Orchestra Baobab, one of Africa’s greatest bands. Their euphonious fusion of Afro-Latin, west african and international styles is adored both at home in Senegal and across the world.

To celebrate this momentous milestone, World Circuit records are re-releasing their 2002 ‘Specialist In All Styles’ album for the first time on vinyl and the group will be touring the UK in March 2022 – NOT TO BE MISSED!
Full details here.

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Feature

The Rumba Kings – Movie premier – London 3, November 2021

The Rumba Kings is a joyous exploration of the liberating power of music.
A celebration of a musical identity forged through the fight for freedom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the 1950s, when the country was a Belgian colony, a generation of Congolese musicians fused traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban music to create the electrifying beat of Congolese Rumba.

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Album Review

Syssi Mananga – Mopepe Mama Album Review

The latest album by singer-songwriter Syssi Mananga is an absolute gem.

Her soulful voice is emotive and powerful.

Through her own personal journey the songs pay tribute to womanhood and explore her Belgium-Congolese roots.

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New Release

Acholi Machon – Sons of South Sudan

Acholi Machon hail from the youngest nation on earth, South Sudan, and to celebrate the nation’s 10th anniversary of independence on 9 July, they will release their new EP ‘Sons of South Sudan’ on the same day.

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