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African Legends

I.K. Dairo
King Sunny Adé may well forever remain the biggest name in Nigerian juju music, but Isaiah Kehinde Dairo will always have a place as one of its leading lights as well.
By Tom Orr

Hukwe Zawose
By the time of his death in December 2003, Dr. Hukwe Zawose had single-handedly revitalized the ancient traditional music of Tanzania’s Wagogo people.
By Jeff Tamarkin

Africando
In the autumn of 1992, the influential Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sylla arrived in New York City accompanied by Boncana Maïga, a much-revered Malian flautist/arranger. Their upcoming project would develop into Africando.
By Christina Roden

Culture Musical Club
East Africa’s distinctive taarab music is unique to the Swahili coast. But the music and culture’s true homeland is the island of Zanzibar, and taraab’s best-known practitioners are the elegant and accomplished members of the great Culture Musical Club.
By Tom Pryor

Hamza El Din
Hamza El Din was the first to compose for the oud as a solo instrument, and became the “father of Nubian music."
By Stacy Meyn

Ghorwane
If any band is the personification of tenacity, it has to be Ghorwane, the dance band from Mozambique.
By Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs

Franco
Franco re-Africanized the Cuban-based rumba Congolaise and pioneered the genre now known as soukous by including local religious and folk rhythms.
By Al Angeloro

Foday Musa Suso
The 21-string harp known as the kora has become a familiar sight and sound to African music lovers worldwide, thanks in no small measure to Foday Musa Suso.
By Tom Orr

Dolly Rathebe
Dolly Rathebe was one of the most influential singers in South Africa’s booming jazz scene of the ’40s and ’50s, singing in the hip clubs of Joburg’s mixed Sophiatown neighborhood.
By Tom Pryor

Césaria Évora
Césaria Évora’s art is a personal distillation of a wealth of elements, and the highest expression of the sensibility of the Cape Verdean people, inventors of what we’ve come to call Creole culture.
By Morton Marks

Bonga
Over his 30-year career, and an equal number of albums, Angola’s Bonga has traced the arc of his country’s recent history, from the Portuguese colonial experience to Angola’s struggle for independence and the scars of its recently-ended civil war.
By Eliseo Cardona

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