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30 Jul

150 Records by African Women You Should Listen To

Muthoni the Drummer Queen. Image courtesy of the artist.

by OKAYAFRICA

Just like NPR and The Fader, the OkayAfrica team took a stab at listing 150 records made by amazing African for you to discover and rediscover.

We hope you enjoy listening through as much as we enjoyed putting together this list of African women who’ve shaped African music from the continent and around the world.

1. Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan) – Manara

2. Angelique Kidjo (Benin) – Logozo

3. Asa (Nigeria) – Beautiful Imperfection

4. Brenda Fassie (South Africa) – Greatest Hits: The Queen of African Pop 1964-2004

5. Barbara Kanam (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Teti

6. Cesaria Evoria (Cape Verde) – Miss Perfumado

7. Charlotte Dada (Ghana) – Don’t let me Down Ghana Beatles Cover

8. Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity Somalia/Canada

9. Efya (Ghana) – Janesis

10. Faarrow (Somalia) – Lost EP

11. FreshlyGround (South Africa) – Nomvula

12. Mapei (Liberia/Sweden) – Hey Hey

13. Inna Modja (Mali) – Motel Bamako

14. Jojo Abot (Ghana) – Fyfya Woto

15. Klein (Nigeria) – Only

16. Lebo Mathosa (South Africa) – Dream

17. Les Nubians (Cameroon / France) – Princesses Nubians

18. Lijadu Sisters (Nigeria) – Danger

19. Lira (South Africa) – Born Free

20. Lola Rae (Nigeria) – Fi Mi Le

21. Mayra Andrade Storia (Cape Verde) – Storia

22. Mbilia Bel (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Phénomene

23. Miriam Makeba (South Africa) – Welela

24. Nadia Rose (Ghana) – Highly Flammable

25. Nneka (Nigeria) – Soul Is Heavy

26. Nonku Phiri  (South Africa) – Things We Do On The Weekend

27. Oumou Sangare (Mali) – Mogoya

28. Reniss (Cameroon) – Tendon

29. Salawa Abeni Alhaja (Nigeria) – Queen Salawa Abeni and Her Waka Modernise Nigeria

30. Seinabo Sey  (Gambia/Sweden) – Pretend

31. Sibongile Khumalo (South Africa) –  Immortal Secrets

32. Simi (Nigeria) – Chemistry

33. Somi (Uganda/Rwanda) – The Lagos Music Salon

34. Stella Chiweshe (Zimbabwe) – Talking Mbira

35. Rachel Brown (Ethiopia/US) – The Band EP

36. Tinashe (Zimbabwe/US) – Aquarius

37. Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) –  Once Upon a Time

38. Tshala Muana (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Biduaya

39. Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) – Niroge

40. Victoria Kimani (Kenya) – Safari

41. Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – Mama Africa

42. Yondo Sister (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Bazo

43. Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa) – Thank you Mr. DJ

44. Sho Madjozi (South Africa) – Dumi HiPhone

45. Nyota (South Africa) – Age Of Enlightenment

46. Megamafia (South Africa) – Storiez to Tell

47. Busi Ncube (Zimbabwe) – Malaisha

48. Zahara (South Africa) – Loliwe

49. Carol Mujukoro (Zimbabwe) – Nditugamirei

50. Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast) – Djekpa La You

51. Jean Grae (South Africa) – Jeanius

52. Sathima Bea Benjamin (South Africa) – WindSong

53. Dorothy Masuka (South Africa) – Lendaba (this matter)

54. Saado Ali Warsame (Somalia) – Laand Karuusar

55. Les Amazones de Guinée (Guinea) – Au Coeur de Paris & M’mah Sylla

56. Mampi (Zambia) – Maloza

57. Rokia Traore (Mali) – Mouneisa

58. Violet Kafua Mwebalume (Zambia) – Bandi

59. Nomfusi (South Africa) – Kwazibani

60. Zonke Dikana (South Africa) – Reach It

61. Lady Jay Wah (Ghana) – Abasem

62. Lucie Yenga (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Lucie Yenga avec l’Orchestre African Jazz

63. Laurette La Perle (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Love Story

64. Khadja Nin (Burundi) – Yaa Pili

65. Lorine Chia (Cameroon) –  Naked Truths

66. Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) – Kelmti Horra

67. Coumba Gawlo (Senegal) – Aldiana

68. Chidinma (Nigeria) – Chidinma

69. Barbara Kanam (Congo) – Karibu

70. Lady Ponce (Cameroon) – La Loi du Talion

71. Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon) –  Massa

72. Viviane Chidid (Senegal) – Entre Nous/Between Us/Ci Sunu Biir

73. Sessime (Benin) – Wazakoua

74. Di’ja (Nigeria) – Sowemo

75. Teeyah (Ivory Coast) – Metisse

76. Almok (Togo) – Nononini

77. Zeynab (Benin) – Mogba Ara Da

78. Les Amazones d’Afrique (Various Countries) – République Amazone

79. Zoe Modiga (South Africa) – Yellow the Novel

80. Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) – Fatou

81. Little Simz (Nigeria) – Stillness in Wonderland

82. Grace Decca (Cameroon) – Appelle-moi Princesse

83. Charlotte Mbango (Cameroon) – Masoma

84. Monique Séka (Ivory Coast) – Okaman

85. Dope Saint Jude (South Africa) – Reimagine

86. Ammara Brown (Zimbabwe) – Owami

87. Siti binti Saad (Tanzania) – Wewe Paka

88. Bi Kidude (Tanzania) – Zanzibar

89. Gigi (Ethiopia) – Gigi

90. Seyi Shay (Nigeria) – Seyi or Shay

91. Najat Atabou (Morocco) – El Maktab

92. Suzanna Owíyo (Kenya) – My Roots

93. Stella Mwangi (Kenya/Norway) – Kinanda

94. Nuela Charles (Kenya/Canada) – Aware

95. Neyma (Mozambique) – Arromba

96. Lizha James (Mozambique) – Feel My Love

97. Dama Do Bling (Mozambique) – Differente Mas Igual

98. Malia (Malawi) – Convergence

99. Nataly Andria (Madagascar) – Something New

100. Cecile Kayirebwa (Rwanda) – Rwanda

101. Miss Jojo (Rwanda) – Nganirira

102. Malika Zarra (Morocco) – Berber Taxi

103. Eneida Marta (Guinea-Bissau) – Nha Sunhu

104. Onyeka Onwenu (Nigeria) – Endless Life

105. Neide Van-Dúnem (Angola) – Olá Baby

106. Titica (Angola) – De Última À Primeira

107. Bucie (South Africa) – Princess of House (Easy to Love)

108. Babes Wodumo (South Africa) – Gqom Queen, Vol. 1

109. Fena Gitu (Kenya) – Fenamenon

110. Mayonde (Kenya) – Magic In the Air

121. Karyna Gomes (Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde) – Mindjer

122. Concha Buika (Equatorial Guinea/Spain) – La Noche Mas Largua

123. Hijas del Sol (Equatorial Guinea) – Sibèba

124. Sona Jobarteh (Gambia) – Fasiya

125. The Clarisse Sisters (Mauritius) – Kaleidoscope

126. Hope Masike (Zimbabwe) – Ndinewe

127. Chiwoniso Maraire (Zimbabwe) – Rebel Woman

128. Ivy Kombo (Zimbabwe) – NaJesu

129. Safiath (Niger) – Tazedar

130. Zara Moussa (Niger) – Kirari

131. Habsou Garba (Niger) – Gargadi

132. Fati Mariko (Niger) – Inch Allah, Vol. 3

133. Mahali Selepe (Lesotho) – Dignified

134. Velemseni (Swaziland) – We Are All People

135. Nawal (Comoros) – Kweli

136. Chamsia Sagaf (Comoros) – Nafassi

137. Sandra Esparon (Seychelles) – Sandra Fanm Inik

138. Jany De Letourdie (Seychelles) – Lekstazm

139. Mounira Mitchala (Chad) – Talou Lena

140. Dimi Mint Abba (Mauritania) – Music & Songs of Mauritania

141. Zaho (Algeria/Canada) – Dima

142. Asia (Algeria/France) – Chercheuse D’Or

143. Souad Massi (Algeria) – Deb

144. Dalida Salma (Egypt/Italy/France) – Ya Salama

145. Sherine (Egypt) – Ana Keteer

146. Asma Salim (Libya) – Libya Called

147. Umm Kulthum (Egypt) – La Diva

148. Nawel Ben Kraiem Navigue – Tunisia

149. Malouma (Mauritania) – Dunya

150. Anziza Salema (Madagascar) – Ameolalana

 

 

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