If nothing else, 2017 was a great year for music (and it's possible that it wasn't a great year for anything else). On Afropop Worldwide this week, Georges and Banning talk about their favorite releases this year, which run the gamut from the latest and hottest hip-hop on the continent to a live concert recorded in the '70s. To allow you to stuff your loved ones' stockings easier, and to support these artists who could always use it, we've listed and linked to all the music mentioned below.
Blay Ambolley: Ketan
Kayso: Your Type No Dey
Mabiisi: Mabiisi Remixes
Trio Da Kali, Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (For more on this meeting of Western classical music and West African traditional music, check out Afropop's own Banning Eyre talking about this album on NPR's All Things Considered).
Various Artists, including Franco and Le TPOK Jazz: Zaire ’74: The African Artists
Fela Kuti: Vinyl Box Set 4: Compiled by Erykah Badu
Rayce: Afrobeats Hot Hits
Davido: If (Davido just won "Best African Artist" at the Music of Black Origin Awards, over his rival WizKid, who countered by winning the MOBO for "Best International Artist". We have written about both artists a lot here, and are very into their rivalry).
Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic
Les Filles de Illighadad: Eghass Malan
Anewal: Osas It’s Time
Leila Gobi: 2017
Songhoy Blues: Résistance
Vieux Farka Toure: Samba
Mamadou Kelly: Politiki
Awa Poulo: Poulo Warali
Ilú Keké: Transmisión en la Eritá Meta (Luis Bran explained the origins of this recording project in an interview as part of our show on Afro-folkloric traditions in Matanzas, Cuba).
Daymé Arocena: Cubafonía
Eddie Palmieri: Sabiduría
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: So It Is
Afous d’Afous: Tenere
l’Orchestre Afrisa International: Melanie
Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
Orchestre Les Mangalepa: Last Band Standing
Jaja Bashengezi: Ndule
Mokoomba: Luyando (We've been ringing the Mokoomba bell for a while, because they're amazing, and chat 'em up every chance we get, including at the Nuits D'Afrique Festival in Montreal this year).
Toko Telo: Toy Raha Toy
Johnny Clegg: King of Time (Clegg sat down with Banning Eyre for a great interview when he was in New York in October).
Soweto Soul: Soweto Soul
Teddy Afro: Ethiopia
The Nile Project: Jinja
Aamina Camaari: Sweet As Broken Dates
Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo: Loe Loa
Dona Onete: Banzeiro
Douyé: Daddy Said So
Eliana Cuevas: Golpes y Flores
Amadou & Mariam: La Confusion
Boubacar Traoré: Dounia Tabolo
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