All-Female Collective of West African Musicians


Hopefully you've tapped into our latest Spotify andApple Music playlists. We featured one song by the all female West African super group "Les Amazones d'Afrique" but we thought you really ought to be listening to the whole album. Check out "Republique Amazone". ThisNPR article spells out their message about gender equality.

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Kanda Bongo Man "Le Rendez-Vous Des Stades"

This week we're featuring Kanda Bongo Man with his album "Le Rendez-Vous Des Stades". This Congolese musician has been making music since the early seventies and still performs to this day. I'm not certain, but I have an inkling that this record is perhaps a compilation and not a true album, worth a spin either way.

The first song by Kanda Bongo Man I ever heard sounded suspiciously familiar, that's because Columbia's Tribu Baharu covered one of his songs on their album "Pa'l Màs Exigente Bailador". They changed the title from "Bili" (which is featured on this album) to "Ingrid", both versions of the song are solid gold in my opinion. Enjoy!