Muthoni the Drummer Queen. Image courtesy of the artist.

150 Records by Amazing African Women You Should Listen To

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

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