Africa, Jamaica, Music, Reggae

10 Great African & Jamaican tunes

For David Akinsanya, Ross Webster and everyone else with a shared love of the musical diaspora.

Chatting last night with someone that you ‘know’, but you don’t know what they’re actually interested in outside of work, we got onto music and it was great fun to share some of our mutual favourites. The following list is the tip of the iceberg, and there’s no attempt to be especially obscure or cool, these are just great fun tracks, and if it leads you to discover someone new you hadn’t heard before, then we’re all winners!

1. Fela Kuti MOP [Movement of People]

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJsychDYDdc

2. Yosou N’dour The Lion

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CsykON_4t4

3. Lucky Dube Prisoner

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1bjgVGuSQo

4. Alpha Blondy

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6alF4y6wVv4

5. Peter Tosh Johnny B Goode

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjGLMcrWrS8

6. Yellow Man The Gambler

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1pGUrAAoAE

7. Eek a mouse Bitty Bong

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dkfdZVcRCg

8. Jimmy Cliff The harder they come

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Znh0OM9jiA

9. Rachid Taha Rock the Casbah

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DbFYsi9iSg

10. Lee Scratch Perry Police and Thieves

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OID0h7X6hmk

 

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