Sure, there are lots of songs about food and love and nature, but I’ve been collecting songs about the places where most people live: the cities. The first installment of this series of shows highlights songs about cities in Africa, from the bustling capitols to small but mighty places. From Cape Town to Cairo, the sounds of African cities.
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Habib Koité & Eric Bibb “On My Way to Bamako” from Brothers In Bamako
Touré Touré “Casamance” from Ladde
René Lacaille “Lusaka” from Mapou
Karim Nagi “Heart Full of Cairo (feat. Pleasant Gehman)” from Detour Guide
Alexandra Junior Bright Boys with Lemmy Special Mabaso “Joburg Kwela” from Something New in Africa
Aster Aweke “Selale (Name of a City)” from aster
Spokes Mashiyane “Pretoria” from Emafini + Pretoria 78rpm
Mbongwana Star “Kimpala” from From Kinshasa
Issa Bagayogo “Timbuktu” from Timbuktu
Set break — KAOS Community Billboard
Nashaz “Khartoum” from Nashaz
Seckou Keita “The Path from Gabou” from 22 Strings
Akalé Wubé “Addis Abeba Bete” from Sost
Ba Cissoko “Conakry” from Séno
Mulatu Astatke “Asmarina (My Asmara)” from Éthiopiques 4. Ethio jazz & musique instrumentale 1969-1974
Rocky Dawuni “Nairobi” from Branches of the Same Tree
Amadou & Mariam “Taxi Bamako” from Dimanche à Bamako
Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko “Dakar” from Africa to Appalachia
Kora Jazz Trio “Goree” from Kora Jazz Trio
Tabu Ley Rochereau “Bel Abidjan” from Classic Titles: Tabu Ley Rochereau
Soweto String Quartet “Sophiatown” from Renaissance
Benjamin Escoriza “Rap de Marrakech” from Alevanta!
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté “Monsieur le Maire de Niafunke” from In the Heart of the Moon
Set break — Spin The Globe world music concert calendar
Roswell Rudd & Toumani Diabate “Bamako (Instrumental)” from Malicool
Phillip Encobo “Lady Smith Jive” from Soweto Street Music: The Defiitive Collection
Antonio Zambujo “Canção de Brazzaville” from Rua da Emenda
Bra Sello “Pretoria” from South African Jive Vol 3 – African Jazz
Ahmed Fofana, Alex Wilson, Madou Sidiki Diabate & Mali Latino “Bamako 2000” from Mali Latino