Here is a piece of science news that gave me a little chill, and made me feel very small. That's an overreaction, certainly, and yet there it is.
Various Artists: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
An excellent collection of Township Jive tunes.
Juluka: Johnny Clegg & Juluka collection
My favorite Juluka record, Ubuhle Bemvelo - their magnificent collection of rocked up Zulu folk songs - is out of print and hard to find. This collection will have to do.
Angelique Kidjo: Oremi
Funky Afro-pop. "Itche Koutche" is the best tune ever.
Various Artists: Guitar Paradise of East Africa
A sparkling collection of bands from Kenya, Zaire, and Tanzania playing in the Jit and Benga styles.
Miriam Makeba: World of Miriam Makeba
The Grand Dame of African music in the United States, Miriam Makeba is perhaps better known here as a politically active folk singer than as an early pioneer of Afro-pop and township jazz.
Oumou Sangare: Oumou
Impressive Malian singer and songwriter.
More music from Mali. This band is of the Sarahan Touareg tribe. They are idolized as guitar gods in Mali and lay down a hypnotizing groove.