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 gig 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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Album of the Month

Album of the Month – March 2021

The timely remastering of this album released 33 1/3 years ago is a celebration of a woman who has championed the Mbira and Shona Zimbabwean culture for more than 50 years. Chiweshe, now 74, is lovingly known as the ‘Queen of the mbira’.
The re-release by Piranha records has a title change – from Ambuya? Meaning grandmother? to Ambuya!
An affirmation that she is also the ‘grandmother of the mbira’

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New Release

Adjiri Odametey – Ekonklo

Adjiri Odametey has a voice that you cannot ignore, his warm tones and rich textured harmonies enchant you into his fusion of African folk, roots and blues.

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Album of the Month

Album of the Month – February 2021

The debut album from Made Kuti propels Afrobeat into a new stimulating and refreshing arena.
Shaping his own sound Made Kuti experiments with the current British jazz scene, reggae, and latin rhythms, carrying the torch for the Kuti Afrobeat dynasty into the future.

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