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09 January 2010

27 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 January 2010

As the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway, Charlie introduces a selection of six tracks from countries which are as strong on the football pitch as they are in the recording studio.

The host country Angola is represented by the venerable Bonga, still going strong after four decades in the business. At about the same time that Bonga’s career was getting underway, AB Crentsil, vocalist of the Sweet Talks, was the king of the highlife scene in Ghana.

Algeria’s Khaled is a long-standing musical ambassador for his country as well as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food Programme. His latest album 'Liberte' is finding favour with both critics and audiences. Charlie says that Manu Dibango’s 'Big Blow' is guaranteed to draw people onto a dance floor anywhere in the world. The enduring popularity of Tiken Jah Fakoly from Ivory Cost shows quite how much reggae is now a world-wide genre and there is a hint of reggae even in Nigerian rapper 9ice’s track 'Photocopy'.

Music Played

6 items
  • Image for Bonga Kuenda

    Bonga Kuenda Mulemba Xangola (feat. Lura)


    Best of Bonga, Lusafrica, 562352

  • Image for Khaled

    Khaled Hiya Ansadou


    Liberté, Wrasse, Wrass 239

  • Image for Tiken Jah Fakoly

    Tiken Jah Fakoly Alou Maye (feat. Saramba Kouyate)

    Ivory Coast

    Tiken Jah Fakoly, Wrasse, WRASS 159

  • Image for Manu Dibango

    Manu Dibango Big Blow


    The Very Best of Manu Dibango, Mercury, 534766-2

  • Image for 9ice

    9ice Photocopy


    Gongo Aso, Afrobest, AP CD 04

  • Image for Sweet Talks

    Sweet Talks Ye Wo Adze A Oye


    Hollywood Highlife Party, PAM, ADE 301


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