African reggae

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For the Nina Hagen song, see African Reggae.

The Jamaican popular music known as reggae has spread to much of the world, including Africa. There are many African reggae musicians with a wide fanbase both on the continent and abroad. Four particularly well-known African reggae artists are Alpha Blondy, Majek Fashek, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Lucky Dube.

In 1980, world-famous Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley performed in Harare, Zimbabwe, and that concert is often credited as marking the beginning of reggae in Africa.

Currently available are a number of excellent compilation CDs featuring various artists. These include Black Star Liner: Reggae from Africa; Reggae Over Africa; Reggae Africa; African Reggae; Rendez vous: Reggae Times in Africa; and African Rebel Music: Roots Reggae & Dancehall.

The CD Black Star Liner: Reggae from Africa was issued on cassette tape and as a vinyl LP on the Heartbeat label in 1990, and issued as CD in 1992 on Heartbeat. Songs on this CD are: "Third World" by Sonny Okusuns; "Carry On" by Sabanoh 75; "You Can Make It" by Cloud 7; "Still Searching" by Bongos Ikwue and the Groovies; "Leaking Heart" by Sabanoh 75; "Destiny" by Victor Uwaifo; "Kokolioko" by Miatta Fahnbulleh; and "Fire in Soweto" by Sonny Okusuns.

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