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What's your favorite track from Africa?

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  1. EightRoundsRapid
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    This is an impossible question to answer. There's so many styles from so many regions in so many countries. I've been enjoying gqom a lot for the last few years though. DJ Lag, Dominowe etc...

    This is an impossible question to answer. There's so many styles from so many regions in so many countries.

    I've been enjoying gqom a lot for the last few years though. DJ Lag, Dominowe etc

    https://soundcloud.com/afropop-worldwide/the-gqom-generation-of-durban-south-africa

    8 votes
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    KapteinB
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    Myrath - Sour Sigh (Tunisia)

    Myrath - Sour Sigh (Tunisia)

    4 votes
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      Staross
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      That's pretty cool, do they have any songs in Arabic ?

      That's pretty cool, do they have any songs in Arabic ?

      1 vote
      1. KapteinB
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        A few, though the song titles elude me. I usually listen to their albums start to finish, so I'll notice a few of the songs are in Arabic, but I don't catch their names.

        A few, though the song titles elude me. I usually listen to their albums start to finish, so I'll notice a few of the songs are in Arabic, but I don't catch their names.

        3 votes
  3. vakieh
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    Do you mean Toto? Because Toto. Seriously though we don't get or hear any African music here at all unless you explicitly search for it on the internet. Closest I have that I've noticed and...

    Do you mean Toto?

    Because Toto.

    Seriously though we don't get or hear any African music here at all unless you explicitly search for it on the internet. Closest I have that I've noticed and enjoyed was Shungudzo - Long Live The Billionaire

    4 votes
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    0lpbm
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    I'm a big fan of Tinariwen's original lineup, so my all time favourite would be this: Tinariwen - Amassakoul 'N' Tenere Rokia Traoré - Laidu Cesária Évora - Angola

    I'm a big fan of Tinariwen's original lineup, so my all time favourite would be this: Tinariwen - Amassakoul 'N' Tenere

    Rokia Traoré - Laidu

    Cesária Évora - Angola

    3 votes
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      cfabbro
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      <3 Rokia Traoré. Her Roots project is especially interesting (video of part of the performance). Given that you like her too, you might also enjoy another Malian singer-songwriter, Fatoumata...

      <3 Rokia Traoré. Her Roots project is especially interesting (video of part of the performance).

      Given that you like her too, you might also enjoy another Malian singer-songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara. And Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté are another awesome pair of Malian artists I stumbled upon last year thanks to @EightRoundsRapid (who added even more recommendations worth checking out) that you might enjoy as well.

      2 votes
      1. 0lpbm
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        Thank you. Some of them I knew about, but I haven't been into an African music mood for a long time, so maybe I'll catch. :D

        Thank you. Some of them I knew about, but I haven't been into an African music mood for a long time, so maybe I'll catch. :D

        1 vote
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    moocow1452
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    I am way, way out of my depth, but the first thing that comes to mind is Goldfish's We Come Together which is South African pop, and probably not the best of their discography, but it kind of blew...

    I am way, way out of my depth, but the first thing that comes to mind is Goldfish's We Come Together which is South African pop, and probably not the best of their discography, but it kind of blew my mind when it was first making the rounds that I probably never would have even heard of this song before YouTube.

    3 votes
    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      Heard that from BirgirPall's video, believe it or not.

      Heard that from BirgirPall's video, believe it or not.

      2 votes
    2. KapteinB
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      Oh, I didn't know Goldfish are from Africa. They're pretty big in the electro-swing community.

      Oh, I didn't know Goldfish are from Africa. They're pretty big in the electro-swing community.

      2 votes
  6. boredop
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    Letta Mbulu - Mahlalela Sonny Okosun - Papa's Land Tony Allen - When One Road Cloase (Another One Go Open) Addis Acoustic Project - Almaz YeHarrawa Sathima Bea Benjamin - Africa Bombino - Amidine...
    3 votes
  7. cfabbro
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    No love for Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba)? Pata Pata is an absolute classic and her most popular/recognizable track, but my favorite of hers is The Click Song (Qongqothwane). I love the Xhosa...

    No love for Mama Africa (Miriam Makeba)?

    Pata Pata is an absolute classic and her most popular/recognizable track, but my favorite of hers is The Click Song (Qongqothwane). I love the Xhosa language and how lovely it sounds.

    edit: Bonus video of Trevor Noah singing part of Qongqothwane on QI.

    2 votes