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  1. Staff Benda Bilili are a group of Congolese street musicians. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted…

  2. Afel Bocoum (born 1955) is a musician from Mali, noted as a singer and guitarist. He began his career as a member of Ali Farka Toure's group ASCO,…

  3. Oumou Sangaré (born February 25, 1968 in Bamako) is a wassoulou musician from Bamako, Mali, sometime referred to as "The Songbird of Wassoulou."…

  4. Mbalax, the intricate dance music of Senegal, has been made more accessible to Western listeners by Cheikh Lô (born Cheikh N'Digel Lô). Softening…

  5. Born in 1961 in Mali, Issa Bagayogo is a skilled player of the kamele n'goni, a traditional lute-like instrument. Bagayogo deftly melds Malian…

  6. Dobet Gnahoré, a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the “Bété“ tradition from her father, Boni…

  7. Afrocubism is a collective of Cuban and Malian musicians brought together by World Circuit Records producer Nick Gold. Gold's original idea in the…

  8. Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa's most popular and recognized musicians.

    Habib Koité was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town…

  9. Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. His father was a fieldhand and, as such, Baaba Maal was…

  10. Papa Wemba was born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in 1949 in Lubefu (Kasai - DR Congo). He is a Congolese Soukous musician, one of Africa's…

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