Each week on Africa Mix we play a variety of African music emanating from all the corners of the African continent—each region with a variety of rhythms and distinct dance styles. As we witness today, a myriad of music and dance styles have sprung from around the African countries. On tonight’s program, I am featuring 6 different styles separately: Afrobeat, Mbaqanga, Kwaito, Rumba, Mbalax and Mandingue music.
SONG Funky Horn
Afrobeat is a blend of American jazz, funk and Nigeria beat. This style was created by Africa’s most outspoken artist, the late Fela Kuti in the early 70s. Many other African artists have since embraced this style as their own.
Libation for Fela
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
Panama/Ghana/Benin/South Africa/Japan U.S.
Kwaito is the latest sound of the new South Africa, it blends hip hop, house,jive raga and rap. It is in fact South African’s hip hop. Another style featured on this set is Mbaquanga, the music of liberation.These artists featured here are just a small representation of the numerous artists who are exponents of the style
MBAQUANGA AND KWAITO SET
& The Mahotella Queens
South Africa’s Original Evening Birds
South Africa &
Make em bounce
Rumba is the style which originated in Central Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The style was and still is the preferred dance style of the older generation because of its slow beat. The style is close to the Cuban son montuno.
Mbote Ya Pamba
Africa Mokili Mobimba
Tant Pis Pour Toi
In West Africa and particularly in Senegal mbalax is the popular music, highly percussive sound dominated by the sabar drum. Youssou N'dour is not the only champion of this style, over the years many Senegalese musicians have adopted the style.
Boul Di Tagal
Mandingue music is the name given to the traditional music of countries like Guinee, Gambia, Mali and part of Senegal. It is more indigenous to Mali than any of the other countries aforementioned.. It is a dinstinct sound easily recognized because of the powerful vocals of the singers who are called griots or praise singers, and the use of traditional instruments such as the kora ( a type of African harp), the balafon (a wooden-keyed xylophone) the tamana (talking drum) and the n’goni (a small guitar-like instrument). All these are used along with electric guitars, keyboard and drum kits giving Malien music its modern feel.
Ali Farka Toure
International & Salif Keita