Music

20 African Music Instruments

Song arrangement is getting so complex and instrumentation so international that it is most of the time difficult to recognise how much Africa has influenced popular music through its rhythms, its styles, its instruments. These are 20 African Music Instruments that...

Coco Mbassi

Coco Mbassi: Artist Profile Coco Mbassi rightly describes her music as a « tree with deep African roots and branches that extend some towards classical music, some towards soul, gospel and jazz, and others towards Latin music and even pop music ». Now, discover this...

Le groupe Ndima, plus que de la musique

Le groupe Ndima, plus que de la musique ! Du 28 juin au 16 juillet 2016, le groupe Ndima, formé des musiciens Aka, un peuple autochtone du Congo-Brazzaville, a effectué une tournée en Europe. Pour cette nouvelle tournée, deux pays ont été visités : la France et...

Dina Bell

Three decades of a distinctive voice and signature love songs as well as engaging Makossa rhythmic have made Dina Bell, aka Bazor, one of the pillars of Cameroonian music and one of his ambassadors across Africa and the world. There is method to the madness in his...

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son...

Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory C.)

At age 12, Dobet announced to her father that she wasn't going to return to school. "I want to stay in the village like you!" she asserted so forcefully that her father knew there was no talking her out of it. However, this was no ordinary "village." Dobet's father, a...

Le Kwela (South Africa)

Apparu dans les années 1950 en Afrique du Sud pendant la période de l’apartheid, le mot « kwela » viendrait du mot afrikaner signifiant « grimpez » utilisé par la police sud-africaine qui embarquait dans ses fourgons les jeunes ducktails (voyous), jouant du...

Obaka (Gabon)

Obaka - Description The album "Lambarena: Bach to Africa" which uses various African instruments in harmony or question-response type to marry the work of Bach and African traditional rhythms describes the Obakas as small wooden percussion beams. Obaka - Sound The...

Kassav (Antilles)

According to Brenda Berrian, on Music and Culture in the French Caribbean, the Caribbean band Kassav’ not only and I quote 'invented the music zouk', "they said they wanted to invent a music that would capture not just the Caribbean, but the entire world. They wanted...