West Africa: Les Amazones d’Afrique – République Amazone

This is an all-female group of West African musicians singing and campaigning for gender equality. It includes Benin’s Angélique Kidjo, Malian singers Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Massan Coulibaly and Rokia Koné, Nigerian singer Nneka, and Pamela Badjogo from Gabon. The album is a protest against female circumcision, forced marriage and general female oppression in Africa. This album was also dedicated to raising funds for the Panzi Foundation, a Congolese hospital that treats abused women. The album itself has a blend of beats that are edgy and groovy, and it will allow you to experience an African style of music you may have never heard before.

South Africa: F2D Presents: Hall of Fame (various artists)

This is an album released by Da L.E.S that features artists who are signed to his Fresh 2 Def imprint and its other partner labels, Young Legend Music and Rudebuoy Major. This album includes artists such as L-tido, Maggz, Yanga and Nomuzi (Moozlie). Hip-Hop fans will definitely enjoy listening to this album as it has hot hooks and verses that will have you singing along in no time.

The African continent’s musical scene has a lot to offer and if you give it a chance you will be exposed to amazing songs that could change your life.


Illustration: Michelle Hartzenberg.

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