With unparalleled vocal skills and musical imagination, Khaled was the man who took Algerian rai music into the mainstream.
Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour put together this eulogy to the resilience of Africans living abroad.
It is a thrilling collection of high octane dance tunes, sung in a voice lying somewhere between a muezzin calling the faithful to prayer and Otis Redding.
Miss Perfumado (1992)
Cesaria Evora was already in her 50s when she first gained worldwide acclaim with this album.
It takes the traditional “morna” ballads — slow, wistful songs of longing and separation — from Cape Verde to a new level.
This album introduced one of Mali’s greatest voices to the wider world and still sounds as dynamic as it did almost two decades ago.
Tuku Music (1999)
Oliver Mtukdzi has been a top figure in Zimbabwean music for a decade, but he’s not yet made it huge on the world stage — quite why is a mystery.
This artist defines African soul with his trademark swirl of acoustic and electric guitar rhythms, all overlaid with a gospel like female chorus.