Thursday, October 9, 2008



I made this compilation for the cocktail after-party of the opening of the African museum in my hometown. My first ever 40 tracks long compilation of various popular and forgotten African performers, spanning the entire continent, from popular 70's kitch tunes over some hot funk and senegalese pop to more traditional and tribal standards. I am hardly an expert in african music but I just had to use my huge library of albums I collected in recent years and try to make a solid compilation so criticism is welcome.

The most important song here is definetly "Mbube" by Solomon Linda (South Africa, Zulu tribe) who wrote this gorgeous accapela in 1939 and later had to sell the rights to Gallo Record Company for 10 shillings (less than $US 2). Over the decades this song was ripped, abused and destroyed beyond any reason but Solomon Linda never recieved any credit and died a poor man's death during the apartheid in South Africa. Its most famous "version" is "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which we all know. The song had earned US $15 million for its use in The Lion King alone and who knows how much more when decades of rights abuse are combined. It took 18 years to erect a decent toombstone on Solomon Linda's grave.

You can read more on Solomon Linda here.

01 Mahotella Queens - Thina Siyakhanyisa
02 T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Hwe Towe Hun
03 Hewale Sounds - Kalabule (Hewale Sounds-Ghana)
04 Dark City Sisters - Langa More
05 Orchestra Makassy - Mambo Bado (Orchestra Makassy)
06 Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes - Dododo
07 Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds - Mbube
08 Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck - Loodo
09 Boubacar Traoré - Bebe Bo Nadero
10 Boubacar Traoré - Mali Twist
11 Habib Koite & Bamada - Barra
12 Abagqomi - Bakhuzeni
13 Burundi Traditional Musicians - Chant de femmes
14 Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba
15 Hewale Sounds - Kpanlogo (Hewale Sounds-Ghana)
16 Mapumba - Mwafwako
17 Ebo Taylor - Heaven (Ghana)
18 Marijata - Mother Africa (Ghana)
19 Ray Lema & Tyour Gnaoua - Mimouna
20 Youssou N'dour - Letter
21 Armand Frydman & Dennis Hekimian - Ewondo
22 Franco - Finga Mama Munu
23 Camille Feruz - Cha Cha Cha Bay
24 Kokanko Sata - Be Ni DJigui
25 Kokanko Sata - Tie Farin Shiw
26 Yoruba Tribe - Drums From Benin
27 Kenya & Tanzania Ritual Music - Coconut Picklers Song
28 Orchestra Baobab - Mouhamadou Bamba
29 Ifeanyi Eddie Okwedy - Happy Survival
30 Oumou Sangare - Kun Fè Ko
31 Oumou Sangare - N'Guatu
32 Morikeba Kouyate - Landing Majang (Instrumental)
33 Samburu Warriors' initiation (Kenya) - Ceremonial Music
34 Seleshe Damassae - Hoya Hoya
35 Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Smile
36 Tata Dinding Jobarteh - Bitillo
37 Assane Ndiaye & Le Raam Daan - Nguisstal
38 Kosinus - Tambacounda
39 Vieux Diop - Sutu Kun
40 Wagogo Marriage Ritual (Tanzania) - Ceremonial Music



Rachel said...

arrrr this blog is SO GOOD! thank's so much. this compilation is great and i'm also listening to that Martin Rev album which is AMAZING. saw suicide play with grinderman in london they were incredible. (tho the australian Nick Cave fans next to me where mightily confused by it all)
also really appreciate the Hawaii comp.

Panda Stuffer said...

Tnx rachel:))) I am quite proud of that Hawaii compilation - its my second ever:) Damn, you saw Suicide live... I'd kill for that! And yeah Martin Rev's album is too good even for today's music.

TalkingBook said...

Wow, I'm really enjoying this comp. Have to admit I am fairly ignorant of Africa's music in general and specifically of Solomon Linda's story. Both quite compelling; there are some really amazing tracks on here! Thanks again for expanding horizons.

Panda Stuffer said...

If you like some songs tell me which ones are they so I can give you the links for those artists and their albums (if I find them on my discs).

Life In Bearwood (and other places) said...

Thanks again, there is areally nice flow to this set!

bink said...

Woah! This has just made my day, week and month.

you're awesome!
cheers from Paris,

Panda Stuffer said...


Tnx for the support!

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I love this kind of music, I feel so happy with the music, I have heard about the Langa langa band, The band has experienced several personnel changes, and a number of prominent soukous musicians have been in their lineup!!!!22dd

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