Sudanese-American artist who blends traditional Arabic, East African, and 1970s African popular music in what she calls "East African retro pop."
More info at her Official Web Site
The late Chiwoniso Maraire was a Zimbabwean singer and one of the few women to play the mbira.
Sang for Somalia's national band in the post-independence era, now residing in Denmark.
Known as "Mama Africa," Miriam Makeba was a world-renown singer and anti-Apartheid and Civil Rights activist from South Africa.
The Nile Project
A collective of musicians from African countries in the Nile basin who come together to emphasize cultural commonalities across national borders and raise awareness of environmental and policy issues surrounding the Nile River.
Afro-Caribbean, socially-activist Muslim hip-hop duo based in the United Kingdom.
Malian singer known as "The Golden Voice of Africa."
London-based, Iranian-born singer/songwriter of Azeri heritage who specializes in Islamic popular music. Also involved in humanitarian work and is currently the UN Global Ambassador for the World Food Programme.
One of Kenya's most popular bands right now, Sauti Sol has received multiple awards and international acclaim.
Check out their Official Site.
Perhaps Egypt's most famous vocalist, Umm Kulthum is still beloved across the Arab world decades after her death in 1975.
Virginia Danielson's 1997 biography, The Voice of Egypt, is the most comprehensive source of her life and music. Abundant information can also be found online. Her Encyclopaedia Britannica entry and documentary film, A Voice Like Egypt (streaming free on YouTube), can also get you started.
Asni: The Life of Asnaketch Worku - Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia
Biographical documentary on Ethiopian actress, singer, and krar player from the mid-20th century.
Netflix's Explained: K-Pop
Brief 20 minute documentary from Netflix's Explained web series. Available streaming on Netflix.
Biographical documentary about Fela Kuti, Nigeria's iconic Afrobeat innovator.
Under African Skies
Explores the making and consequences of Paul Simon's Graceland, featuring South African activists and musicians (including Miriam Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo).
A series of radio programs and online articles with excellent, in-depth information on music in Africa and in the diaspora.
Awesome Tapes from Africa
A crowd-sourced web page where people upload old tapes and records from (drumroll please!) Africa (in case you couldn't guess from the title.)