R.I.P Tony Allen,
thank you for the beat,
an inspiration for so many,
your music is immortal.

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

Tony Allen photo credit : Bernard Benant

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Due to Covid 19, it is likely events have, or will be, cancelled through May and beyond 

Please check with each venue, as we are not able to currently keep up with all event changes as they happen. 

 Stay safe everyone!

New Releases

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News, features & reviews
News

Oumou Sangaré | Acoustic Album | Out June 19 |

An acoustic version of the 2017 album ‘Mogoya’ will be released by Nø Førmat digitally on June 19, 2020, with physical formats available from August 28, 2020.

The album simply named ‘Acoustic’ is a totally unplugged ‘live’ studio recording with the same members who played with Oumou at the London EartH show in April 2019 that celebrated the 15th anniversary of her label Nø Førmat.

You can view the album trailer here.

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News

Africadelic – International Africa Day

Africadelic the annual event in Amsterdam that celebrates International Africa day has organised a 12-hour live streaming event on 25 May
With over 15 confirmed artists so far including ONIPA, Blick Bassy, and Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, it promises to be an enthralling day of performances and lively debates. There is also 2 days of contemporary African cinema available on demand too.
NOT TO BE MISSED!
Full details of how to watch here

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News

An African Music Safari

We are delighted to have been asked by Travel Africa Magazine to compile an ‘African music safari’ for their readers. It covers some of the continents amazing artists from Morocco to Zimbabwe. You can read the journey here.

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Santrofi Alewa Album review
New Release

Santrofi – Alewa

Santrofi, are a collective of young emerging musicians from Accra, Ghana. The debut album ‘Alewa’ is a sumptuous mix of dance-guitar, funk, and silky harmonies. A Highlife extravaganza, that deserves to be heard and danced to – energetic, exuberant and refreshing.

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Don't miss these

online events!

On Mon 25 May, the “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home” will raise funds to help children and families in Africa affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Celebrate International Africa Day on Mon 25 May with 12 hours of non-stop music and 2 days of contemporary African cinema!

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