African Music

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)

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...

Angélique Kidjo (Benin)

Angélique Kidjo (Benin)

Born in Benin (West Africa), Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time Magazine. Kidjo's internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana,...

Eboa Lotin (Cameroon)

EBOA LOTIN was born on the 06th August 1942 in DOUALA CAMEROON, of a religious pastor father, Adolphe LOTIN SAME (renovator of the Cameroon Baptist Church), author of more than 400 hymns (interpreted by Francis BEBEY in his beginnings) and a busy housewife mother. He...

Pierre Akendengué (Gabon)

Pierre Akendengué (Gabon)

Pierre Akendengué is a singer-songwriter from Gabon who mixes his African upbringing and his European further education to find and never part from his true self. He is one of the great masters of contemporary African music and has been for now about 4 decades. He was...

Kanda Bongo Man (DR Congo)

Congolese Soukous Superstar, Kanda Bongo Man was a favourite of the late, great John Peel and was first introduced to UK audiences by Peter Gabriel at the inaugural WOMAD festival. He has headlined world music festivals throughout the world, and his performances...

Gudugudu (Niger)

Description The Gudugudu is a drum traditional found in the Western African region, particularly present Niger and Nigeria. This percussion instrument is intrinsic to traditional performances and typically follows the acoustic lead of the Dundun instrument. Sound...