Jazz in Africa

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African Jazz generally[clarification needed] originated in South Africa.[citation needed][when?] During the music style's beginnings, it was a mirror of the jazz scene in America,[ambiguous] but it eventually adopted strong South African influences.[examples needed] It went on to become a cultural phenomenon as a similar style was found in all countries of Africa, but with little or no jazz influence or reference today.[clarification needed][citation needed] This African style of music is today classified as part of the World Music family.

Allmusic.com cites Township Jazz as a major subgenre, describing it as "an urban style based on the traditional marabi sound" and noting that it is "often called 'jive'".[1]

Jazz now[edit]

"Jazz" in Africa has become quite popular. Groups began to appear sporadically in large cities in most African countries. Some famous artists of the genre include Orchestra Baobab of Senegal, Habib Koite of Mali, and other artists hailing from Uganda and other various countries with a European colonial history. The word jazz is often mistakenly ascribed to African music that has no connection to jazz today.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Explore music... Township Jazz". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 6 May 2011.