CONTENTS

presents…

THE MUSIC OF WEST AFRICA

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06 Viewpoint Journalist Bram Posthumus takes an in-depth look at how politics, commerce and religion all play their parts in the music of West Africa, while rapper Wanlov the Kubolor examines the current climate with regards to civil liberties in the region

10 Benin & Togo Gangbé Brass Band, Angélique Kidjo, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou…

14 Burkina Faso Amadou Balaké, Burkina Electric, Mamadou Diabaté, Smockey…

18 Cape Verde Mayra Andrade, Bitori, Cesaria Evora, Lura, Tito Paris, Tcheka…

erde rade, Bitori, ora, Lura, Tcheka…

26 Ghana Alostmen, King Ayisoba, Santrofi, Pat Thomas, Wiyaala…

30 Guinea Les Amazones de Guinée, Ba Cissoko, Bembeya Jazz, Mory Kanté…

34 Guinea-Bissau Manecas Costa, Ze Manel, Eneida Marta, Super Mama Djombo…

38 Ivory Coast Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Manou Gallo, Dobet Gnahoré…

42 Mali

42 Mali

Amadou & Mariam, Toumani

Amadou & Mariam, Toumani

Diabaté, Oumou Sangaré, Ali Farka Touré…

Diabaté, Oumou Sangaré, Ali Farka Touré…

52 Mauritania Malouma, Noura Mint Seymali, Daby Touré…

52 Mauritania Malouma, Noura Mint Seyma Daby Touré…

56 Nigeria King Sunny Adé, Tony Allen,

56 Nigeria King Sunny Adé, Tony Allen,

Burna Boy, Fela Kuti,

Burna Boy, Fela Kuti,

Funmi Olawumi…

Funmi Olawumi…

64 Senegal &

64 Senegal &

the Gambia Sona Jobarteh,

the Gambia Sona Jobarteh,

Seckou Keita, Baaba Maal, Orchestra Baobab…

Seckou Keita, Baa Maal, Orchestra Baobab…

39 Dobet

Gnahoré

10 Vaudou

Game

76 Khaira Arby

72 Sierra Leone Kondi Band, Geraldo Pino, Seydu, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars…

76 Touareg Music Khaira Arby, Etran Finatawa, Mdou Moctar, Tartit, Tinariwen…

ARCHIVE FEATURES 86 Songhoy Blues Malian high-flyers sing out against social injustice in their home country

92 Angélique Kidjo – My World The superstar from Benin reveals her formative musical passions

94 Youssou N’Dour – My World Senegal’s singing sensation selects some of his favourite sounds

96 Star Feminine Band The inspirational story behind Benin’s brand new all-girl psych sensations

98 Essential 10 West African Albums Trailblazing tuneage from the pre-Songlines universe

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