Old African Music Playlist

The Old African Music Playlist collects posts from the African Music Forum blog into a full playlist of YouTube tracks and videos.

This playlist will evolve with more and more tracks!
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About this playlist

In this selection, you will probably listen to these artists and many more… All generations, all styles, all origins…

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You should check some posts on my main blog (mostly in French), where I try to explain why I love old African musics and blog about it, as well as many more genres such as AfroJazz or South African Jazz.

South African jazz has a way of getting under your skin and moving you emotionally and physically. Its individual voice tells the story of a century of collaboration and conversation between African musicians and artists from across the globe. It’s dynamic and unexpected, yet familiar in the way that it constantly re-interprets the genre from a South African perspective.

African-American jazz began reaching South Africa in the early 20th century. […] This mixed American sounds with African cyclical harmonies and a trance-like rhythm. It took the country by storm and, with the onset of swing, the music became increasingly more complex and popular.

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