Bass players from the African continent.

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Durham52, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. Since I was a teenager in the 60's I've loved African rhythms and music. Mali, the Congo, South Africa, Cameroon, every African country has it's own special music, but all have a foundation of killer rhythm and much of it is driven by the bass.

    Bassists like Richard Bona and Bakithi Kumalo are justifiably well known and respected, but I wonder which other African Bassists get much recognition outside of their own countries?

    Anyway, here's a few of my favorites , please add some more if you know them.

    Guy Nsangue with Jean-Luc Ponty, Ngouma Lokito, Francis Mbappe, Etienne Mbappe (no relation) Manu Gallo

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  2. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Mamadou Ba from Senegal:

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  3. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Anis Jouini from the Tunisian power / prog metal band Myrath.

  4. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Spartacus R (Roy Bedeau), original bass player from the African-Caribbean band Osibisa, was from the Caribbean islands nation of Grenada but this music fits right in with what you are talking about.

    Osibisa was formed in the U.K. with members from the African country of Ghana and some Caribbean nations and are known worldwide.

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  5. Had a few Osibisa albums back in the day, good stuff.

    Here's Miriam Makeba singing the authentic version of a song we know better in a somewhat different version. I was 12 when I first heard any of Miriam's recordings, my first exposure music from Africa.

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