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The Rough Guide to African Lullabies


We thought this was particularly cute.  The Rough Guide to African Lullabies is anything but rough. A soothing collection of lullabies from some of Africa’s biggest "world music" names, the lulling collection will put your baby right to sleep (or you, at your computer, mid-afternoonzzzzzzzzzz.... what?).  The 15 track collection is a compilation by 15 different artists (including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and anti-apartheid, civil rights activist Miriam Makeba aka Mama Africa) from all across Africa – Mali, Guinea, South Africa, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, just to name a few.  Greats such as Bassekou Kouyaté, kora player Toumani Diabate, and desert blues guitarist Ali Farka Touré are included in the comp. Buy The Rough Guide to African Lullabies and get a bonus album full of instrumental mbira sounds by Virginia Mukwesha. Listen to some album tracks online for free, right here, before you buy.

For a taste of what to expect, check out this video from Cape Verdian Sara Tavares with "Ponto De Luz"  below:

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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