- Yacub Addy: Ga Drum Music of Ghana. (New York)
An illustrated website, with audio files from recordings and photos, about the artist Yacub Addy and his group Odadaa. Addy teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. The site includes detailed summaries on Ga drums and music of Ghana.
- Africa No.1 -- Radio africaine (Paris, France ; Libreville, Gabon)
- AfricaSounds.Com (New York)
A current and extensive guide to the popular African and Afro-Caribbean music scene, with performance schedules for the New York City area, interviews, reviews, and links to many other African music web sites.
- Africanhiphop.Com -- Pan African Hip Hop (Madunia African Music, De Bilt, The Netherlands)
In English or French. Current news, interviews, lyrics, multi-media files, and promotional information on the latest artists and their work in African 'hip hop' culture. 'This web site, originally called 'Rumba-Kali' was initiated in February 1997 as a platform for information and discussion on hip hop from the African continent.'
- African Music and Dance (C.K. Ladzekpo, University of California, Berkeley)
This site offers information (with image, sound, and video files) on the musical traditions of the Ewe of Ghana, and of other West African societies. There are also descriptions of programs at UC--Berkeley.
- The African Music Encyclopedia (2005) (Janet Planet, USA)
- Toshiyo Endo's African Music Home Page (via Laboratory of Biochemistry, Nagoya University, Japan)
A small library of discographies for musical stars and bands from Nigeria and Senegal.
- African Musical Arts, Inc. (St. Louis, Missouri)
The site includes links to publications or recordings on sale, announcements about educational programs, events, a newsletter, The Voice of African Music, and related links. "[Formerly 'The St. Louis African Chorus']...was founded to foster a better understanding of Africa's cultures through the musical arts...begun in 1994."
- African Presences I : Music in Africa (Prof. Eric Charry, Wesleyan University, Middleton, Connecticut)
- This "blog"--associated with a course taught by Prof. Charry--includes subject guides and web links to aspects of music in various parts of Africa. Listed below are links to older sites by Prof. Charry.
- Guide to the Jembe (An essay about this type of drum, its place in West African traditions and current trends; with a map, photos, and links)
- Mande Music
- Guitarists (Baaba Maal, Ali Farka Toure, and others)
- Harps & Kora Music (videos, .MOV format)
- Afromix: Afro-Caribbean Music (Afromix.Org, Fabrice Gaillard, Paris)
, or Spanish
. Current and some historical background on the popular music of each country in Africa, the Caribbean, & the Indian Ocean, with information on recordings of major artists; plus "Black Paris"
music industry information and links to other sites.
- AFROPOP Worldwide Home Page (World Music Productions, New York; in partnership with ARTSEDGE, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC)
"Afropop Worldwide is PRI Public Radio International's weekly series showcasing the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Hosted by international broadcast personality Georges Collinet from Cameroon.." This site offers information about the radio program; Afropop-sponsored events and trips; and, general information about the music of Africa and the African diaspora.
- Afropop.org : Hip Deep Series (World Music Productions, New York)
"...a media project dedicated to the idea that music is a key to understanding everything...Hip Deep has been created and maintained with major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities...you can access the entire archive of Hip Deep radio programs, and read interviews and narratives...discographies, images, videos, and links to music and other resources."
- Archiv für die Musik Afrikas = African Music Archive (Institut für Ethnologie und Afrika-Studien, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
The official site in German offering a description of the archives, its holdings, and contact information.
As of June 2010
, the old site in English
features a brief history of the archives, its holdings, and links
- Didier Awadi (1969- )
- Didier Awadi est un co-fondateur du groupe rap sénégalais très célèbre "Positive Black Soul".
Veuillez voir aussi: Duggy Tee ci-dessous.
- Afromix.org: Didier Awadi: discography
- Radio France Internationale: Didier Awadi -- Biographie (Paris)
- Awesome Tapes from Africa (Brian Shimkovitz, USA)
A personal "blog" celebrating a wide variety of rare and lesser-known music recordings from Africa by an American collector. The site features free downloads (MP3 format) of selected tracks.
- Azawan Amazigh = Musique Amazighe = Amazigh Music (Maroc?)
Un site en français, en anglais, ou en tamazight-- qui célèbre les artistes dans le domaine de la musique amazighe de l'Afrique du Nord. Le site comprend un répertoire des musiciens avec une entrée biographique pour chaque artiste et une petite sélection des fichiers vidéos et sonores.
- Balafon -- Marimba or Xylophone (See Marimbalafon below)
- Baaba Maal on the Web
- Francis Bebey (1929-2001)
- Frank Bessem's Musiques d'Afrique (via GeoCities.Com)
An extensive archive of discographies (without audio samples) on African musical artists from all over the continent -- in English or in French. This site includes a CD shop, information about festivals, CD reviews, links to artists' websites, and monthly updates on new releases!
- The Sahel Opera Project: "Bintou Were: A Sahel Opera" = Bintou Wéré: Un Opéra du Sahel (via Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
The official web site --in English, Dutch, or in French-- for a new international opera in two acts with music composed by Zé Manel. Wasis Diop is the artistic director and wrote the libretto with Koulsy Lamko. The opera, sung in Bambara, Malinké and Wolof, premiered in Bamako, Mali, in February 2007, performed in May 2007 in Amsterdam, and again in late October 2007 in Paris, France. The site includes background information, the downloadable libretto and notes, color photographs of scenes, and 1 short video from Bamako, and 1 full-length video recording of scenes from the Amsterdam production.
- Black Arts Research Center (Nyack, New York)
General information about the center, its director -- John Gray, and related links. "Founded in 1989, the Black Arts Research Center is an archival resource center dedicated to the documentation, preservation and dissemination of the African cultural legacy. Resources include some 2300 recordings, cassettes and videotapes, 1300 books and journals, 500 clippings files and a bibliographic database with more than 50,000 entries. These materials now offer one of the richest resources ever on the Black presence in the performing arts."
- Bokoor African Music Archives Foundation (John Collins, Accra, Ghana)
John Collins, the renowned scholar of Ghanaian highlife and other forms of West African popular music, edits this site which features downloadable articles and books in PDF format and music clips in MP3 format. There is also details about the BAPMAF music archive first established in 1990.
- BongoFlava.Com (UK)
This website features news about events and trends in Tanzanian hip-hop music and other forms of contemporary East African youth music with Swahili lyrics.
- Brenda Fassie, 1964-2004
- Capital FM - Nairobi's Best Mix of Music (Capital Group, Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya)
The home page of the 98.4 FM radio station in Nairobi, with weekly pop music charts in East Africa, programme schedule, and other general information on the contemporary cultural scene in Nairobi.
- CD Baby: African World Music (Portland, Oregon)
A commercial site, with sample downloads.
- The Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College (Chicago, Illinois)
This site offers information about the Center's programs and activities.
--See especially: Resources for researchers and teachers
, including bibliographies and a discography of music by black composers.
- CIIMDA--Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
News on events in southern and eastern Africa; plus information about publications are featured on this site. "...aims to promote and advance the learning of the philosophy, theory and human meaning of African instrumental music and dance practices in classroom music education in SADC countries."
- Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers: A Reference Guide (Richard Greene ; via Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
This "classical music" website offers a discography (PDF format), composer listing, recent promotional news, and related links.
- Cora Connection: The Manding Music Traditions of West Africa (USA)
The home page of a Boston-based American "world music ensemble" lead by kora player David Gilden ; plus related links on the kora, educational programs, and concerts.
-- See also: Selected Kora Masters on the Internet
- Dandemutande: Zimbabwean music & culture worldwide (Seattle, Washington)
This US site offers a basic introduction to Zimbabwean music, contact information on teachers who specialize in Zimbabwean music in the US and elsewhere, images of "traditional" instruments, texts of interviews with Zimbabwean musicians, photographs, and links to related sites.
- Djembé.com - Le Site de Référence du Tambour Djembé et de la Culture Mandingue (Laurent Solas et al., via Allaban WebSystems, France)
- Duggy Tee -- Music Blog Skyrock (Dakar, Sénégal)
Duggy Tee est un co-fondateur du groupe rap sénégalais très célèbre "Positive Black Soul".
Veuillez voir aussi: Didier Awadi
- East African Music (Douglas B. Paterson, Seattle, Washington)
Articles and discographies on the popular music of Kenya, Tanzania, and the Congo. The author of this site is a cultural anthropologist, who also has a radio program in the Seattle area.
- Ethiopian Music and Dance Performance: Abonesh Adnew and Company, June 20, 2004 (Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC) RealPlayer required.
This is an "About the Artist" web page, with a link to a full length video of the "International Refugee Day" performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- Cesária Évora, 1941-2011
- Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, 1938-1997:
- 16ème Festival de Fès des Musiques Sacrées du Monde -- Voyage Initiatique : du 4 au 12 juin 2010 (Fès, Maroc)
Un site -- en anglais, en français, et en arabe -- qui offre le programme et les informations sur les artistes.
- Festival de Jazz de Saint-Louis du Sénégal (via France)
Sur ce site officiel du festival, on peut trouver les informations les plus utiles à propos de cet événement annuel. De plus, on peut lire des petites lectures générales sur quelques artistes qui ont donné des représentations au festival dans le passé.
- FESPAD--Festival panafricain de la danse, du 24 au 31 juillet 2010, Kigali, Rwanda
Sous le thème "Economie créative : perspectives en Afrique = Strengthening the Pan African Creative Industries Through Entrepreneurship". Cette biennale panafricaine, a été créée en février 1998, lors de la 67e session des ministres de l'OUA.
- Music in Ghana (Osu-Accra, Ghana)
Promotional news about the current music scene in Ghana and an online catalog of contemporary Ghanaian musical artists.
- Gnawa Stories: Mystical Musician Healers from Morocco (Rodrigo Dorfman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
A Masters' thesis project on the history and cultural traditions of the Gnawa, with maps and suggested readings in print and on the web.
- Gumbé: ô ponto de encontro dos Guineenses -- Música da Guiné-Bissau. (Bissau)
- Hip Deep Series: A media project from Afropop.org (New York)
- Kezira : Music in the Horn of Africa (Professor Andreas Wetter, Department of African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
A blog site --in German and in English-- offering commentary, web links, and a selection of audio files of contemporary music from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Sudan, with brief descriptions, a bibliography
on the literature about music from the Horn of Africa.
- ILAM--International Library of African Music, Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa)
The site includes information about research and teaching programs, related links, and publications--including: African music journal. (Online), 1954-2008
."Founded in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, ILAM is the greatest repository of African music in the world. A research institution devoted to the study of music and oral arts in Africa, it preserves thousands of historical recordings going back to 1929 and supports contemporary fieldwork."
- Jens Finke's Traditional Music & Cultures of Kenya (Olhão, Portugal)
An extensive collection of texts, bibliographies, and links to information about the history, cultures, and "traditional" music of up to 32 different cultural groups ("tribes") in Kenya, with a clickable map and audio files (excerpted from cassette tapes recorded or purchased in the country during 1998-99). The author is a traveller, photographer, and author.
- Jomba 2007: 10th Contemporary Dance Experience, August 24--September 1, 2007, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
The site provides information on the annual festival and links to highlights from the previous programmes since 2000.
- Kaay Fecc -- Le Festival International de Toutes les Danses, Dakar, Sénégal
(Tous les deux ans depuis 2001)
6ème Festival Kaay Fecc -- du 02 au 05 juin 2011!
- Salif Keita on the Web
- KenyanLyrics.Com (Laini Majani Investments, Nairobi, Kenya)
This site features an extensive library of lyrics of Kenyan popular contemporary music (in English, Kiswahili, Sheng dialect, and other African languages--many with English translations), music industry news, blog section, biographies of Kenyan musical artists, and links to audio and video clips.
- Koffi Olomide
- Kora Awards -- All Africa Music Awards -- Les trophées de la musique africaine (Calabar, Nigeria)
- Selected Kora Masters on the Internet
- Balla Kouyaté -- West African Music -- Balafon (New York)
- Lark in the Morning: Africa --plus-- African music machine for Macintosh computers (Mendocino, California)
A commercial site offering a catalog of African instruments, with useful illustrations and sound files.
- Lucky Dube (1964-2007)
Official web site of the very popular South African reggae music artist, with biography, discography, videography, song lyrics, press cuttings, and a few short audio files.
- Miriam Makeba, 1932-2008
- Links to Malagasy Music (August Schmidhofer and Claude Razanajao, Archives Virtuelles de la Musique Malgache, University of Vienna, Austria)
- Marimbalafon.Com (Hoofdorp, The Netherlands)
C'est le site officiel (en français ou en anglais) de l'Association Marimbalafon, qui a été créé en France à l'origine et qui est dédiée à la promotion des xylophones, marimbas, balafons et consorts, principalement d'Afrique. Le site comprend un répertoire d'artistes, une base de données de références (une bibliographie), une carte de pays, d'ethnies, et de termes en Afrique, et plusieurs fichiers sonores -- et une boutique.
- Maziki.Net -- Le site des musiques Africaines et centrafricaines (Maïgaro/APMA--Association pour la Promotion de la Musique Africaine, Paris, et Planète-Kotara--Association Culturelle et Artistique Centrafricaine, Bangui, République Centrafricaine)
Le site offre les renseignements les plus utiles sur les artistes et les groupes centrafricains, plusieurs résumés de l'histoire des musiques traditionelles et contemporaines, les dates concerts et soirées, etc. "Maziki.Net créé en septembre 2003 est un site désormais consacré à la promotion de la Musique Centrafricaine sous toutes ses formes. 'Maziki, mozoko'ou encore 'N'gombi'en la ngue nationale de Centrafrique le 'Sango', veut dire tout simplement Musique."
- Mbira Home Page (Solomon Murungu and Zambuko Projects Unlimited.)
Extensive information on the history and traditions of mbira in Zimbabwe; includes sound clips, discographies of mbira stars, and links to related sites.
- Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi on the Net
- MusicUganda.Com (Paul Mwandha et al., Music Uganda, Ltd., Kampala, Uganda)
This website features popular music industry news, photographs, music reviews, and related links for Uganda and Africa in general.
- Notz.Com: African Pages (Alisdair "Chirps" MacRae Birch, New York)
A collection of audio files and brief texts on "Highlife" and "Soukous" styles of music from West Africa; plus links to other African music sites--including the "African Music Webring" and a short list of recommended books. The "pages" are part of a larger collection on Jazz and other forms of music of interest to the webmaster, a Scottish-born musician.
- Ntama: journal of African music and popular culture. (Online) -- Hildesheim, Germany: Ntama, via Universität Hildesheim, 2002-
This electronic journal --in English and in German-- features articles, interviews, and reviews especially on African musicians travelling in Europe and elsewhere outside Africa.
- The Orishas in Music (Discography) (Ian Scott Horst, via AOL)
This site consists of two lists of recordings and artists. "The Orishas are divine beings originally worshipped by the Yoruba people of West Africa. Their worship was carried to the New World in the holds of slave ships, and became well established in many countries of the western hemisphere. Music is a major element in the worship of the Orishas. ... Orishas have also insinuated themselves into the melting pot of popular culture, and songs celebrating their existence have come out of many musical genres, from jazz to salsa to disco."
- Pan African All Stars (College Park, Georgia)
A commercial site
with catalog of selected African music artists, organized by genre or country, downloads of excerpts from albums, and order information; plus free 24/7 Internet Radio
- RAGE--South African Street Culture Online (Black Rage Productions, South Africa)
Current monthly news (some weekly updates) and promotional information on African music and the South African urban pop entertainment scene, with photos, feature stories, and an archive of back issues.
- RootsWorld on Africa:
- Sabar Drumming Web Site (Karen Hymbaugh, Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Wagane Ndiaye Rose ... [et al.], via Mindspring.Com, USA)
General information about sabar drumming and dancing from Senegal. plus useful links to other sites and announcements on classes and performances in the US and in Senegal.
- Saharan Vibe on "Sabar Music" (2008) (USA)
A blog essay on "sabar" drumming and dancing in Senegal, West Africa, with photos and links to videos and other web sites.
- SABC--South African Broadcasting Corporation (Johannesburg, South Africa)
This corporate site includes a selection of "live" radio broadcast downloads---especially popular music ; plus a searchable TV program guide.
- The Sahel Opera Project: "Bintou Were: A Sahel Opera" (via Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Festival de Jazz de Saint-Louis du Sénégal (see above)
- St. Louis Africa Chorus (St. Louis, Missouri)
- This web site provides information about an American music organization with a developing, global African perspective; plus related links to events.
- Home Page in English or in French
- Oumou Sangare on the Web
- Saramaya: le site du djembe, du balafon, de la musique traditionnelle d'Afrique Mandingue (Lionel Bony, via Association Noosphere, Coux, France)
Saramaya est un groupe qui est composé de quatre percussionistes chanteurs, et d'une chanteuse aussi danseuse, tous de Bobo-Dioulasso au Burkina Faso. Le site offre des informations sur le Burkina Faso et ses cultures (y compris des recettes de la cuisine des burkinabés et une brève liste de livres recommandés), les informations à propos du groupe Saramaya, avec plusieurs fichiers sonores de leurs enregistrements, et même quelques fichiers vidéos. En plus, on peut créer sa propre composition musique. Il faut avoir le plug-in Macromedia Flash Player.
- 8th Edition "Sauti za Busara" Music Festival, Zanzibar, Tanzania, 9-13 February 2011
- South African Audio Archive (flatinternational.com, South Africa)
"...a visual archive of rare and sometimes unusual South African audio documents as artifacts. The aim of the project is to provide a searchable database as a resource for those researching South African audio history."
--See also, two "sister projects", the blog sites called: flatint
-and- Electric Jive
- South Africa's National Anthem
- Sudan Festival of Music and Dance, July 2008, Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan --via AFROPOP Worldwide.
- Sudan.Net: Music Features (Muaz M. Ataalsid)
Download music files (with RealPlayer
) of performances by Sudanese artists: Mohamed Wardi, Ali Ibrahim Allahu, Hussein Shendi, Shar Habil Ahmad, Abidah Al-Sheikh, Hamad Al-Rayah, and others. See also, the Sudan.Net Home Page
for a "weekly" music feature.
- Sunduza Dance Theatre, UK (Southern 'E'Media, UK)
A promotional web page about the group, with links to audio and video files. "Sunduza in Ndebele means 'let us push'. They come from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Sunduza have been pushing their beautiful scintillating harmonies, percussive rhythms and high energy dances internationally. The productions reflect a wide range of Southern African dance normally displayed in a context to which international audiences can relate. The performances are upbeat and reflect modern and traditional issues in Southern Africa. They are unique. Lead vocalist, choreographer and composer Simon Banda has given their sound a special harmonic difference."
- Tamaji Magazine--Music (USA & France)
"Tamaji is a collaborative, bilingual (English and French) webzine that strives to facilitate communication between black cultures throughout the globe and to enlighten the rest about the African diaspora's heritage by means of literary works, articles, videos, art, photography and discussions."
- Ali Farka Touré (1939-2006)
- Yandé Codou Sène, 1932-2010
- Youssou N'Dour (Promotional sites)