29 January 2022
There’s more to African music than it just being “African”! Music genres are plentiful on this continent.
Here’s a short list of just a few of them:
Fela Kuti created Afrobeat by fusing traditional Nigerian music, jazz and highlife. Today, it is often mixed with hip-hop or makossa and well known even outside Africa.
Apala is a percussion-based style of the Muslim Yoruba people in Nigeria, West Africa.
Assiko is a rhythmic dance from Cameroon.
This dance music developed from the traditional music of the Beti in Cameroon. The sexy dance moves remind of the popular Mapouka from the Ivory Coast.
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Popular music in Kenya. The electric bass guitar imitates the melodies of the traditional Kenyan eight-string lyre called Nyatiti.
Bongo Flava (Tanzania)
Cabo-Love (Cape Verde)
The popular style from Zimbabwe. The melodies played by modern instruments are based on the traditional Mbira music of the Shona people.
Coladeira (Cape Verde)
Pop music from the Ivory Coast/France with danceable percussion and deep bass. This style is said to help Ivorians through tough times and difficult political situations.
The people living in the Sahara desert have been making blues music long before it got famous in the West. This sounds absolutely brilliant!
Popular music genre from Nigeria, based on traditional Muslim Yoruba music.
Music style and dance from Cape Verde based on the accordion.
Highlife is a genre from Ghana and popular in all of English-speaking West Africa.
Fun and extremely popular among Ghana’s youth is the fusion of highlife and hip-hop.
Harmonious and gentle a cappella sung by all-male choirs from the South African Zulu.
Kizomba means “party” in an Angolan language. The same named dance style is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and North America.
South Africa’s black youth loves this new mix of house music and African sounds.
Kwassa Kwassa (Congo)
This urban dance music from the capital city of Cameroon reminds of Soukous.
Maringa (Sierra Leone)
Mapouka (Ivory Coast)
Senegal’s most popular music style. Mbalax is a brilliant fusion of traditional griot praise songs and sabar rhythms with modern Western elements.
Melancholic music style from Cape Verde.
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Music style from Angola. This music and partner dance is the origin of the increasingly popular Kizomba music and dance style.
This Congolese dance music was created by Koffi Olomide. It’s a more sensual and melancholic subform of Soukous.