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With apologies to the mother continent, I'm using my own single term, Africana, as a generalisation to describe both traditional and contemporary forms of African music, the main criteria being that it's quintessentially African in rhythm or feeling. The Wikipedia pages for the most commonly rated genres in my collection are embedded below.

The Jukebox Pick (of 2,291):

 Umculo Kawupheli

 (Francisca Bopape, Marks Mankwane)

 Mahotella Queens

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Africana

 From their album “Umgqashiyo” in March, 1973. Was also b-side of their “Abaculi Bethu” 45 in the same year. In their native Zulu tongue, “Umculo Kawupheli” delivers a performance which oozes confidence from both the Queens and their group, the Makgona Tsohle Band. “Our Music Will Never End” is the core message of the piece, a glorious celebration of the mbaqanga genre which dominated black South Africa's affections from the mid 60s to the late 70s.

Some favourite artists:

Four Brothers, Kanda Bongo Man, Mahlathini, Mahotella Queens, Thomas Mapfumo

The Jukebox pick:


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