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New African Music

Looking for new African music? Here’s our regularly updated list of African flavoured album releases in 2021.  
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Month – November 2021
Artist – ROOTS2000 (South Africa)
Title – Monday Blues
Label – ROOTS2000
Genre – Afro-Soul/Hip-Hop/Afro-Latin

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Month -December 2021
Artist –  Glasgow African Balafon Orchestra (Collective)
Title – Jungle Fever
Label – Solo Terra
Genre – Folk/Fusion/Traditional/Jazz

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Month – November 2021
Artist – Seby Ntege (Uganda/UK)
Title – Nomads
Label – Seby Ntege
Genre – Afro-Soul/Traditional

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Month -November 2021
Artist – Kandy Guira (Burkina Faso)
Title – Nagtaba
Label – VLAD Productions
Genre – Afro-Pop/Dance

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Month  – November 2021
Artist – The Scorpios (Sudan/UK)
Title – Lets Go
Label –  
Genre – Jazz/Arabic/Funk/Rock

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Month  – October 2021
Artist – SinaUbi Zawose (Tanzania)
Title – Tanzania
Label –  n/a
Genre – Afropop/Traditional

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Month  – November 2021
Artist – Toumastine (Niger)
Title – Assouf
Label –  n/a
Genre – Desert Blues/Tuareg Rock

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Month  – October 2021
Artist –  Ogun Afrobeat (Nigeria/Spain)
Title – Unite
Label – 
Genre – Afrobeat/Jazz/Funk/Latin

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Month  – October 2021
Artist – Various
Title – Global Afrobeat Movement 2
Label –  NYP Records
Genre – Afrobeat/High Life/Jazz/Funk

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Month  – October 2021
Artist – Mamboi & The Njahass Band (The Gambia/UK)
Title – Ambassador of Peace
Label –  n/a
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Jazz/Fusion

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Month  – October 2021
Artist – Atonga Zimba  (Ghana)
Title – A to Z
Label –  Jinn Records
Genre – High life/Dub/Folk/Kologo

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Month – October  2021
Artist –  Super Biton de Ségou (Mali)
Title – Afro Jazz Folk Collection Vol 1
Label – Deviation & Mieruba
Genre – Afro Jazz/Folk

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Month  – October 2021
Artist – Kadialy Kouyate  (Senegal/UK)
Title – Aado – Senegalese Kora
Label – Naxos Records
Genre – Traditional/Kora

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Month – October 2021
Artist –  Maher Cissoko (Mali)
Title – Sissoko Heritage
Label – Ajuba!
Genre – Traditional/Kora 

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Month -October 2021
Artist –  Tamala (Senegal/Belgium)
Title – Lumba 
Label – Muziekpublique
Genre – Kora/Violin/Traditional

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Month – September 2021
Artist –  Ballaké Sissoko (Mali)
Title – A Touma
Label – Nø Førmat!
Genre – Traditional/Kora 

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Month – September 2021
Artist –  Kondi Band (Sierra Leone)
Title – We Famous
Label – Strut
Genre – Afro disco/Electronic/Mbira

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Month – September 2021
Artist –  Wendadasoul (Mauritius)
Title – AKORD Li
Label – Wendadasoul
Genre – Rodriguan/Traditional/Folk/Accordion

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Month – August 2021
Artist – Ephat Mujuru & the Spirit of the People (Zimbabwe)
Title – Mbavaira
Label – Awesome Tapes From Africa
Genre – Traditional/ Mbira/Shona

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Month – August 2021
Artist –  Mamaki Boys (Niger)
Title – Patriote
Label – Sahel Sounds
Genre –  Hiphop/Rap/Traditional

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Month – August 2021
Artist – Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno (Kenya)
Title – KWEChE
Label – n/a
Genre – Traditional/ Nyatiti/Benga

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Month – August 2021
Artist – Aratan N’Akalle  (Mali)
Title Manamosse Kel Tamasheq
Label – Guess Africa
Genre – Taureg Rock/Desert Blues

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Month – July 2021
Artist – Fadhilee Itulya (Kenya)
Title – Shindu Shi
Label – ARC Music
Genre – Omutibo/Folk/Pop

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Month – July 2021
Artist – Syssi Mananga (Congo/Belgium)
Title – Mopepe Mama
Label – Syssi Mananga
Genre – Afro-pop/jazz/folk

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Month – July 2021
Artist – Acholi Machon (South Sudan)
Title – Sons of South Sudan
Label – Good Deeds Records
Genre – Traditional/Lokembe

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Month – July 2021
Artist –  ONIPA (Ghana /UK)
Title – Tapes of Utopia
Label – Boomerang Records
Genre – Afrobeat/Highlife/Jazz/Fusion

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Month – July 2021
Artist – Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger)
Title – At Pioneer Works
Label – Sahel Sounds
Genre – Tuareg/Desert Blues/Tende

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Month – July 2021
Artist –  Hassan Wargui (Morocco)
Title – Tiddukla
Label – Hive Mind Records
Genre – Amazigh/Berber/Banjo/Folk

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Month – July 2021
Artist –  Balimaya Project (West Africa/UK)
Title – Wolo So
Label – jazz re:freshed
Genre – Mandé/Jazz/

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Month – June 2021
Artist – Alif Naaba (Burkina Faso)
Title – So Wok
Label – n/a
Genre – Afropop/Folk/acoustic/

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Month – June 2021
Artist – Tartrite Sahara (Mali)
Title – Targui Blues
Label – Mieruba- ML
Genre – Tuareg Blues/Desert Rock

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Month – June 2021
Artist – Vaudou Game (Togo)
Title – Noussin
Label – Hot Casa Records
Genre – Afro-funk/Rock/Jazz/Soul

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Month – June 2021
Artist – Boubacar “Badian” Diabate (Mali)
Title – Mande Guitar
Label – Lion Songs Records
Genre – Folk/Roots/Blues

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Month – June 2021
Artist –  Angelique Kidjo  (Benin)
Title – Mother Nature
Label – Decca Records
Genre – Afropop

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Month – June 2021
Artist –  Natasha Atlas   (Egypt)
Title – The Inner & The Outer
Label – n/a
Genre – Nu Jazz/Electronic/Chill/Arabic

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Month – June 2021
Artist –  Dag Tenere (Mali/Niger/Burkina Faso)
Title – Iswat
Label – n/a
Genre – Desert Blues/Tuareg Rock

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Month – June 2021
Artist – Grand Kallé  (Congo)
Title – Joseph Kabasele And The Creation Of Surboum African Jazz
Label – Planet Ilunga 
Genre – Congolese Rumba/Jazz

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Month – June 2021
Artist – Eboni Band (Ivory Coast)
Title – Eboni Band (reissue)
Label – We Are Busy Bodies
Genre – Soul/Funk/Jazz

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Month – June 2021
Artist –  Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast)
Title – Couleur
Label – Cumbancha
Genre – Afropop/Electronic/Dance/Afrobeat

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Month – May 2021
Artist -Ben Aylon (Israel)
Title – Xalam
Label – Riverboat Records
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Ngoni/Desert Blues/

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Blk Jks (South Africa)
Title – Abantu / Before Humans
Label – Glitterbeat records
Genre – Rock/Jazz/Funk/Dub

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Month – May 2021
Artist -Various Artists (Mali)
Title – The Lost Maestros
Label – Mieruba-ML
Genre – Manding/Blues/Folk/Jazz

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Sefo Kanuteh (The Gambia/UK)
Title – Afou
Label – n/a
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Kora 

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Sefo Kanuteh (The Gambia/UK)
Title – Adouna
Label – n/a
Genre – Traditional/Folk/Kora 

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Burkina Azza (Burkina Faso)
Title – Wari bô
Label – Social Joy
Genre – Traditional

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Comorian (Comoro Islands)
Title – We Are an Island, But We’re Not Alone
Label – Glitterbeat Records
Genre – Traditional/Folk/World

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Title – Afrique Victime
Label – Matador Records
Genre – Desert Blues/ Tuareg

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Month – May 2021
Artist – Kasai Allstars (DR Congo)
Title – Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound
Label – Crammed Discs
Genre – Congotronics/Alternative

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Innov Gnawa (Morocco/USA)
Title -Lila
Label – Daptone Records
Genre – Gnawa

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Kady Diarra (Burkina Faso)
Title – Burkina Hakili
Label – Lamastrock
Genre – Traditional/Griot

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Ayuune Sule (Ghana)
Title – Puto Katare Yire
Label – Rebel Up! Records
Genre – Kologo/electronic/folk/soul

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Osibisa (Ghana/ UK)
Title – A New Dawn
Label – Marquee Records
Genre – High Life/Jazz/FunkRock

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Jupiter Okwess (DR Congo)
Title – Na Kozonga
Label – Everloving Records
Genre – Afrobeat/Funk/Rock

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Tony Allen (Nigeria)
Title – There Is No End
Label – Blue Note Recordfs
Genre – Afrobeat/Jazz/Rap/Hiphop

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Month – April 2021
Artist – Samba Touré (Mali)
Title – Binga
Label – Glitterbeat Records
Genre – Desert Blues/Malian Blues /Songhoy

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Month – April 2021
Artist –  Khalab & M’berra Ensemble (Italy/Mauritania/Mali/Sahel)
Title – M’berra
Label – Real World Records
Genre – Desert Blues/Electronic

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Month – April 2021
Artist –  Toumani Diabaté & The London Symphony Orchestra (Mali/UK)
Title – Kôrôlén
Label – World Circuit
Genre – Traditional/Classical/Kora

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Month – April 2021
Artist –  Ballaké Sissoko (Mali)
Title – Djourou
Label – No Format
Genre – Fusion/Kora

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Month – March 2021
Artist –  Witch Camp (Ghana) 
Title – I’ve Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be
Label – Six degrees Records
Genre – Field recordings

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Month – April 2021
Artist –  Various Artists (Kenya) 
Title –  The Boys From Nairobi
Label – No Wahala Sounds
Genre – Benga/Rumba

 

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Month – March 2021
Artist –  Sura Susso (Gambia) 
Title – Tili Saba
Label – n/a
Genre – Kora/Fusion

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Month – March 2021
Artist – Ahmed Azhar (Morocco) 
Title – Pia
Label – n/a
Genre – Rock/Blues/Jazz

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Month – March 2021
Artist – Stella Chiweshe  ( Zimbabwe )
Title – Ambuya! (Remastered)
Label – Piranha Records
Genre – Roots/Mbira

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Month – March 2021
Artist –  Kiazi Malonga (Congo/USA )
Title – Tembo Kia Ngoma
Label – Redtone Records
Genre – Traditional/Roots/Ngoma

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Month – March 2021
Artist – Adjiri Odametey (Ghana)
Title – EKONKLO
Label – Africmelo Records
Genre –  Folk/World/Fusion

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Month – March 2021
Artist – Beaters (South Africa)
Title – Harari (reissue)
Label – Matsuli Music
Genre – Afro/Jazz/Funk/Soul 

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Month – March 2021
Artist – Harari (South Africa)
Title – Rufaro/Happiness (reissue)
Label – Matsuli Music
Genre – Afro/Jazz/Funk/Soul 

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Month – March 2021
Artist – Electric Jalaba
(Morocco/UK)
Title – El Hal / The Feeling
Label – Strut Records
Genre – Electronic/Gnawa/Funk

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Afrika Mamas (South Africa)
Title – Ilanga / The Sun
Label – ARC Music
Genre – Cappella/Zulu

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Month – February 2021
Artist –  Afro Cluster (UK)
Title – The Reach
Label – n/a
Genre – Afrobeat/Hip-hop/Jazz-Funk

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Dorothee Munyaneza (Rwanda/UK)
Title – Dorothee Munyaneza
Label – Luminary Records
Genre – Dance/World Music

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Wau Wau Collectif (Senegal)
Title – Yaral Sa Doom
Label – Sahel Sounds
Genre – Spritual jazz/ Sufi/Reggae/Dub

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Anansy Cissé (Mali)
Title – Anoura
Label – Riverboat records
Genre – Desert Blues/Malian Blues

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Stone Town Rockerz (Zanzibar)
Title – Kuna Kichwa
Label – The Compound Records
Genre – Highlife/Reggae/Soul/Afrobeat

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Month – February 2021
Artist – 4 Mars (Djibouti)
Title – (Djibouti Archives Vol. 1) Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura
Label – Ostinato Records
Genre – Jazz/Reggae/Afrobeat/East Africa

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Tihay (Algeria)
Title – Inexgan
Label – n/a
Genre – Tuareg/desert blues

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Made Kuti & Fela Kuti
(Nigeria)
Title – Legacy +: For​(​e​)​ward
Label – Partisan Records
Genre – Afrobeat

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Month – February 2021
Artist – Dakar Audio Club
(Mali/Senegal/UK)
Title – Legacy +: For​(​e​)​ward
Label – So, Let’s Talk
Genre – Afrofusion/Desert Blues/Highlife/Reggae

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Month – January 2021
Artist – Nahawa Doumbia
(Mali)
Title – Kanawa
Label – Awesome Tapes From Africa
Genre – Wassoulou /Pop/Blues

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Month – January 2021
Artist – Urban Village
(South Africa)
Title – Udondolo
Label – No Format
Genre – Zulu/indie-folk/maskandi/jazz, 

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Month – January 2021
Artist – Alostmen
(Ghana)
Title – Kologo
Label – Strut records
Genre -Traditional/Roots/Kologo

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Month – January 2021
Artist – Azmari
(Belgium)
Title – Samā’ī
Label – Sdban Ultra
Genre -Ethiojazz/Fusion/
Dub/Psychfunk

Have we missed any 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
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