5 Best African albums with Afro-Cuban Roots to own

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By Motlagae Konyana

The evolution of Latin jazz over the years interlinks with the changes of jazz including a wide range of sounds and styles from normal song structures to mixes and fusions. Latin musicians become popular and indemand some either joined existing bands or formed bands of their own. Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, mambo, salsa, charanga, boogaloo, son and bossa nova are just some of the many styles of this vibrant genre of music. Here are the best African albums with afrocuban sound that one should have


  1. Hugh Masekela (South Africa) – The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela
    The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela is the fifth studio album by the legendary South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. This album was recorded in Los Angeles and released in 1966 by Chisa Records label. Some of the greatest afrocuban jazz insipred tracks on this album like “Child of the Earth“, “Felicidade“, and “Ha Lese Le Di Khanna“.
  2. Bembeya Jazz National (Guinea) – The Syliphone Years
    Bembeya Jazz National was the first band to modernize the traditional indigenous african music. One of their greatest afrocuban inspired album is The Syliphone years. The Syliphone Years was recorded in the 1970s and 70s the albumed infused the Congolese rumba with Guinea folk style to create the Afrocuban distinct sound.91Ft1Yn3aYL._SL1500_
  3. Orchestra Baobab (Senegal ) – Pirates Choice
    Orchestra Baobab is a Senegalese Afro-Cuban and Pachanga band, Orchestre Baobab incorporated the then current rise and popularity of Cuban music in West Africa to Wolof Griot culture and the Mandinga musical traditions of the Casamance. Pirates Choice is a two dics ablum was afrocuban Rumba inspired featuring tracks such as Soladadi, Coumba and Balla Daffe.orchestra-baobab-pirates-choice-lp
  4. Cesaria Evora (Cape Verde) – Miss Perfumado
    The Cape Verdean queen of morna slow, rhythmically balladic blend of African blues and the Portuguese Cesaria Evora. Evora does some of her finest work in this album showcasing the blends between the african and latin sounds. Miss Perfumado which is her fourth album has earned her widespread popularity in Europe and led to an international tour. In Miss Perfumado the instrumental arrangements are intimate, not overwhelming, and always complement her inimitable voice this was done deliberatly to get that Afrocuban sound.


  1. Miriam Makeba (South Africa) – The Voice Of Africa
    Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actor, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. The Voice of Africa is Mama Africa’s 4th ablum that was released 1964.


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