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New African Music

Looking for new African music?
Here’s our regularly updated list of new African music flavoured releases.

Album Releases 2019

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Month – December 2019
Artist – Cris Gera
(Zimbabwe)
Title – Music In Me
Label – Lidio
Genre – Pop/Soul

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Month – December 2019
Artist – Bassekou Kouyate and Hamza Rahimtula
(Mali/India)
Title – Bamako Calling
Label – Wind Horse Records
Genre – Traditional/Dance/Fusion

Africa So Yo Simo Lagnawi / Gnawa London Album
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Month – December 2019
Artist – Simo Lagnawi / Gnawa London
(Morocco/UK)
Title – Africa Soyo
Label – Simo Lagnawi
Genre – Gnawa/Traditional
/Trance/Guembri

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Month – November 2019
Artist – Alogte Oho and His Sounds of Joy
(Ghana)
Title – Mam Yinne Wa
Label – Philophon
Genre – Gospel/Folk

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Month – November 2019
Artist – Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
(Ghana)
Title – 11th Street, Sekondi
Label – Agogo Records
Genre – Highlife/Afrobeat

Staff Benda Bilili Effacer Le Tableau album
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Month – November 2019
Artist – Staff Benda Bilili
(DR Congo)
Title – Effacer Le Tableau
Label – Wagram
Genre – Funk/Rumba/Soukous/
Reggae

Diabel Cissokho Rhythm of the Griot Album
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Month – November 2019
Artist – Diabel Cissokho
(Senegal)
Title – Rhythm of the Griot
Label – Kafou Music
Genre – Afro Blues/Folk/Kora

Erik Aliana Ancestors new african music
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Month – November 2019
Artist – Erik Aliana
(Cameroun)
Title – Ancestors
Label – Buda Musique
Genre – (Folk/Pop/Accoustic)

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Month – November 2019
Artist – Various
Title – Kinshasa 1978
Label – Crammed Discs
Genre – (Congotronic)

Mamadou Kelly Le Bateaux Album
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Month – November 2019
Artist – Mamadou Kelly
(Mali)
Title – Les Bateaux
Label – Clermont Music
Genre – Desert Blues

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Month – November 2019
Artist – Aziza Brahim
(Western Sahara)
Title – Sahari
Label – Glitterbeat
Genre – Saharawi /Folk/Rock

Antoinette Konan Album
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Month – November 2019
Artist -Antoinette Konan
(Ivory Coast)
Title – Antoinette Konan
(Reissue)
Label – Awesome Tapes from Africa
Genre – Afropop

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Month – November 2019
Artist – Tarwa N-Tiniri
(Morocco)
Title – Azizdeg
Label – Simon and Greg
Record the World
Genre – Desert Rock/Blues

haymanot tesfa loosening the strings album review
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Month – November 2019
Artist – Haymanot Tesfa
(Ethiopia)
Title – Loosening the Strings
Label – Vacilando ’68 Recordings
Genre -Traditional/Folk/Krar

 

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Month – November 2019
Artist – Zong Zing All Stars
(DR Congo)
Title – Kangeroo Dance
Label – Fire in the Mountain Records
Genre – Rumba/Soukous

The Good Ones RWANDA, you should be loved
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Month – November 2019
Artist – The Good Ones
(Rwanda)
Title – Rwanda, you should be loved
Label – Anti-Records
Genre – Folk

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions
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Month – November 2019
Artist – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
(Nigeria)
Title – Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions
Label – Night Dreamer
Genre – Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz/Soul

dance to the full moon invisible system album review
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Invisible System
(Mali/UK)
Title – Dance to the Full Moon
Label –  ARC Music
Genre – Traditional/Blues/
Electronic/Fusion

RAFIKI JAZZ – Saraba Sufiyana review
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Rafiki Jazz
(Global collective)
Title – Saraba Sufiyana
Label – Koni Music
Genre – Global/Folk

London Afrobeat Collective Humans Review
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Month – October 2019
Artist – London Afrobeat Collective
(UK)
Title – Humans
Label –  London Afrobeat Productions
Genre – Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz

Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou
(Morocco)
Title – Oulad Lghaba
Label – Ajabu!
Genre – Gnaoua/Gnawa/Traditional
/Trance/Guembri

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Month – October 2019
Artist – Various Artists
(Cape Verde)
Title – Pour Me A Grog: The Funaná Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde
Label –  Ostinato Records
Genre – Afro-Latin/Funana/
Gaita/Cumbia

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Month – October 2019
Artist – Bantou Mentale
(DR Congo/France)
Title – Bantou Mentale
Label – Glitterbeat
Genre – Afro/Electronic/Rock

nigeria soul power 70
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Various Artists
(Nigeria)
Title – Nigeria Soul Power 70
Label – Soul Jazz Records
Genre – Afro-Funk/Afro-Rock/
Afro-Disco

Lamine Cissokho & Manish Pingle new continents new african album
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Lamine Cissokho & Manish Pingle (Senegal/India)
Title – New Continents
Label – Sing a Song Fighter
Genre – Traditional/Raga/Kora

new african album
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Natasha Atlas
(Egypt/UK)
Title – Strange Days
Label – Whirlwind Recordings
Genre – Arabic/Jazz

new african album kandiafa
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Kandiafa (Mali)
Title – Mali Country
Label – Sans Commentaire
Genre – Ngoni/Traditional/Country/
Bluegrass

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band new african album
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
Title – Obiaa!
Label – Strut Records
Genre – Hi-Life

WAA DARDAARAN By Sahra Halgan
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Sahra Halgan
(Somaliland)
Title – Waa Dardaaran
Label – Buda Musique
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Rock

new african album rachid taha
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Rachid Taha
(Algeria)
Title – Je Suis Africain
Label – Naïve/Believe
Genre – Chaâbi/Rock

Aynaabé new african album
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Issa Sow
(Senegal/Belgium)
Title – Aynaabé
Label – Homerecords.Be
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Classical

new african album ballake_sissoko_baba_sissoko_sissoko
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Ballake Sissoko & Baba Sissoko (Mali)
Title – Sissoko and Sissoko
Label – Homerecords.Be
Genre – Manding/Traditional/
Folk/Ngoni/Kora

congo-revolution new african album
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Month – October 2019
Artist – Various artists (Congo)
Title – Congo Revolution – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos 1955 – 62
Label – Soul Jazz Records
Genre – Afro/Jazz/Latin/Rumba

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Month – October 2019
Artist – Code Sangala (Malawi)
Title – Mizu
Label – Naxos World
Genre – Traditional/Pop

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Month – September 2019
Artist – Eneida Marta
(Guinea-Bissaau)
Title – Ibra
Label – ALG Eventos
Genre – Jazz/Soul/Traditional

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Month – September 2019
Artist – Ebo Taylor (Ghana)
Title – Palaver
Label – BBE Music
Genre – Hi-Life/Jazz/Afrobeat

Mah Damba new african album
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Month – September 2019
Artist – Mah Damba
(Mali)
Title – Hakili Kele
Label – Buda Musique
Genre – Mande griot/Traditional

Tinariwen new african album
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Month – September 2019
Artist – Tinariwen
(Mali)
Title – Amadjar
Label – Anti-Records
Genre – Tuareg/Desert/Rock/Blues

Nahawa Doumbia
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Month – September 2019
Artist – Nahawa Doumbia  (Mali)
Title – La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 1 
Label – Awesome Tapes From Africa
Genre – Traditional/Folk

Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou new Album
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Month – September 2019
Artist – Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou (Niger)
Title –  Anou Malane (Reissue)
Label – Sahel Sounds
Genre – Tuareg/Blues/Rock

Ben-Molatzi new african album
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Month – September 2019
Artist – Ben Molatzi
(Namibia)
Title – No Way To Go
Label – Bear Family Records
Genre – Traditional/Folk

Habib Koite new african album
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Month – September 2019
Artist – Habib Koite (Mali)
Title –  Kharifa
Label – Contre Jour
Genre – Traditional/Folk

bibi ahmed adghah new album africa
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Month – August 2019
Artist – Bibi Ahmed (Niger)
Title – Adghah
Label – Sounds of Subterrania
Genre – Desert/Rock/Folk/Blues

LONDON AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR MERCY CD
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Month – August 2019
Artist – The London African Gospel Choir (UK)
Title –  Mercy
Label – The London African Gospel Choir
Genre – Gospel/Soul/Spiritual

oum daba new africa album
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Month – August 2019
Artist – Oum
(Morocco)
Title – Daba
Label – LOF Music / MDC
Genre – Jazz/Blues/Soul/
Gnawa/Fusion

baba_sissoko_amadran african album
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Month – August 2019
Artist – Baba Sissoko  (Mali)
Title – Amadran
Label – Homerecords.Be
Genre -Mande/Traditional/
Ngoni

Musa Mboob & XamXam Gambia Sessions
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Month – August 2019
Artist – Musa Mboob & Xam Xam
(Gambia)
Title – The Gambia Sessions
Label – ARC Music
Genre – Afro-pop/Jazz/Blues

Lady Donli Enjoy Your Life Album review
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Month – August 2019
Artist – Lady Donli  (Nigeria)
Title – Enjoy Your Life
Label – Makiyayi
Genre – Afro-Pop/Jazz/Soul/
HipHop/RnB

Kader Tarhanine Ikewane Album
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Month – August 2019
Artist – Kader Tarhanine
(Algeria)
Title – Ikewane
Label – Essakane Production
Genre – Tuareg/Desert/Blues/Rock

Kadialy Kouyate - Taling Dimalu- Beautiful Tales Album
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Month – July 2019
Artist – Kadialy Kouyate (Senegal)
Title – Taling Dimalu Beautiful Tales
Label – KKSoundarchive
Genre –Traditional/World/Spiritual

KOKOKO! FONGOLA album review
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Month – July 2019
Artist – KOKOKO!  (DR Congo)
Title – Fongola
Label – Transgressive
Genre – Electronic/Post Punk/Experimental

hope masike the exorcism as a spinster
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Month – July 2019
Artist – Hope Masike
(Zimbabwe)
Title – The Exorcism Of A Spinster
Label – World Music Network
Genre – Traditional/Afro-fusion

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Month – July 2019
Artist – Oumar Konate  (Mali)
Title – I Love You Ina
Label – Clermont Music
Genre – Desert/Rock/Folk/Blues

Africa Express EGOLI Album
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Month – July 2019
Artist – Africa Express (Various)
Title – EGOLI
Label – Africa Express Records
Genre – Electronic/Afro-Futurist

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Month – July 2019
Artist – Various Artists  (Mali)
Title – The Rough Guide To Mali Blues
Label – World Music Network
Genre – Folk/Blues/Tuareg/Desert

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Month – July 2019
Artist – Lamine Cissokho (Senegal)
Title – Sunujazz
Label – Sewa Music
Genre – Traditional/Kora/Jazz

Joseph Tawadros Betrayal of a Sunflower new album
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Month – June 2019
Artist – Joseph Tawadros (Egypt)
Title – Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower
Label – The Planet/MGM
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Oud

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Month – June 2019
Artist – Youssou Ndour (Senegal)
Title – History
Label – Naïve
Genre – Afro-pop

Luka Productions Falaw Album
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Month – May 2019
Artist – Luka Productions  (Mali)
Title – Falaw
Label – Sahel Sounds
Genre – Electronic/Hip Hop/Traditional/Desert Blues

Maravillas de Mali Africa Mia new album
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Month – May 2019
Artist – Maravillas de Mali   (Mali)
Title – Africa Mia
Label – Universal Music Division Decca Records
Genre – Afro-Cuban

BCUC The Healing best african album 2019
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Month – May 2019
Artist – BCUC  (South Africa)
Title – The Healing
Label – Buda Musique
Genre – Jazz/Experimental/Gospel
Spiritual

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Month – May 2019
Artist – Isaac Birituro and The Rail Abandon (Ghana/UK)
Title – Kalba
Label – Wah Wah 45s
Genre – Folk/Electronic

Kongi Dia Ntotila 360’° best album 2019
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Month – May 2019
Artist – Kongo Dia Ntotila
(DR Congo/UK)
Title – 360°
Label – Pussy Foot Records
Genre – Soukous/Rumba/
Jazz/Fusion

AKA Trio Joy african album
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Month – May 2019
Artist –  AKA Trio (Senegal/Cuba/Brazil)
Title – Joy
Label – Bendigedig
Genre – Global/Fusion/
Folk/Classical

De Palenque à Matongé african album
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Month – May 2019
Artist – Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá
(DRCongo/Columbia/Belgium)
Title – De Palenque à Matongé
Label – Zephyrus Records
Genre – Soukous/Cumbia/
Champeta/Latin

ifriquiya Laylet El Booree new african album
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Month – May 2019
Artist –  Ifriqiyya Electrique
(Tunisia)
Title – Laylet El Booree
Label – Glitterbeat Records
Genre – Traditional/Ritual/Rock/
Electronic

tita_nzebi_from_kolkata new african album
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Month – April 2019
Artist – Tita Nzebi
(Gabon)
Title – From Kolkata
Label – Bibaka
Genre – Jazz/Blues/Rumba

hama sankare niafunke best album 2019
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Month – April 2019
Artist – Hama Sankaré
(Mali)
Title – Niafunké
Label – Clermont Records
Genre – Desert Blues, Folk, Rock

Pulo NDJ new african album
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Month – March 2019
Artist – Pulo NDJ  (Chad)
Title – Desert to Douala
Label – Wonderwheel Recordings
Genre -Traditional/Electronic/
Dance/Experimental

Blick Bassy 1958 new african album
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Month – March 2019
Artist – Blick Bassy (Cameroon)
Title – 1958
Label – No Format Records
Genre – Folk/Blues

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Month – March 2019
Artist – Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Title – Ilana: The Creator
Label – Sahel Sounds
Genre – Tuareg/Desert/Rock/Blues

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Month – March 2019
Artist – K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade (Ghana/UK)
Title – Wahala Wahala
Label – Heavenly Sweetness
Genre – Afro-funk, reggae, jazz,
fusion, rap

ukandanz yeketelale african album
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Month -February 2019
Artist – UKanDanZ
(Ethiopia, France)
Title – Yeketelale
Label – Buda Musique
Genre – Ethio jazz, dance, rock

Houssam Gania - Mosawi Swiri african album
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Month – February 2019
Artist – Mosawi Swiri
Title – Mosawi Swiri
Label – Hive Mind Records
Genre – Gnawa

starband de dakar new african album
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Month – February 2019
Artist – Star Band de Dakar
(Senegal)
Title – Psicodelia Afro​-​Cubana
de Senegal
Label – Ostinato Records
Genre – Afro-latin/Salsa/Mbalax

kel assouf black tenre best album
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Month – February 2019
Artist – Kel Assouf
(Niger/Belguim)
Title – Black Tenere
Label – Glitterbeat Records
Genre – Tuareg/Desert/Rock/Blues

Vula Viel - Do Not Be Afraid Album Review
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Month – January 2019
Artist – Vula Viel (UK)
Title – Do Not Be Afraid
Label – Vula Viel Records
Genre – Ghanaian Xylophone/Jazz/Rock

tartit the exile african album
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Month – January 2019
Artist – Tartit (Mali)
Title – Amankor/The Exile
Label – Riverboat Records
Genre – Tuareg/Desert/Folk/Blues

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Miri
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Month – January 2019
Artist – Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
Title –Miri
Label – Outhere Records
Genre – Traditional/Folk/
Blues/Ngoni

Sourakata Koité en hollande new african album
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Month – January 2019
Artist – Sourakata Koité (Senegal)
Title – en Hollande
Label – Awesome Tapes from Africa
Genre – Mande/Traditional/Kora

Have we missed a new African music ?
We cannot possibly list every new release, this is only what we discover and enjoy.
To add any new African music releases, please contact Den@africanmusicguide.co.uk
with the details and we will happily add it to Calabash!

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