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some recent books – added in 2015

Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music, And Pan-African Solidarity - Tsitsi Ella Jaji

African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe (African Expressive Cultures - Mhoze Chikowero

Africa 100 : La traversée sonore d'un continent - Florent Mazzoleni

Afro Pop : L'âge d'or des grands orchestres africains - Florent Mazzoleni

Burkina Faso musiques modernes voltaïques - Florent Mazzoleni

Fela Kuti Unauthorized & Uncensored - R.B. Grimm

Ghana Highlife music - Kwesi Owusu

Jahtigui: The Life and Music of Ali Farka Toure - Corey Harris

L'Epopée de la musique africaine - Florent Mazzoleni

Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe - Banning Eyre

Lutumba Ndomanueno "Simaro"  - Zephyrin Nkumu Assan

Musiques modernes et traditionnelles du Mali - Florent Mazzoleni  (Author), Lucy Duran (Preface)

A Renegade Called Simphiwe: Being Rebel in South Africa - Pumla Gqola

A Silent Way: Routes of South African Jazz, 1946-1978 - Julian Jonker

Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music – Angelique Kidjo

Copnsider also the following which is set in Johanesburg on the night of Valentin’s Day, 2001when Moses Taiwa Molelekwa’s death was first reported:

The Night Moses Died – Nicole Turner  

some recent books – added in 2013

Balade en saxo dans les coulisses de ma vie - Manu Dibango

Achebe and Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Revolutionary Consciousness in Music and

Literature - P Chuka Nwafor

Les coulisses de la musique congolaise : De l'African Jazz à l'Afrisa - Faugus Izeidi

Fela -Phenomenon And Legacy - Mabinuori Kayode Idowu aka ID

Of Fret Rattle & Underwater Skylabs: Essays on Music and Musicians - W.C.Bamberger

Franco le grand maître - Raoul Yema Die Lala

Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana - Nathan Plageman

Kalakuta Diaries - Uwa Erhabor

Keeping Time 1964-1974: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Bruce Huntley - Chris Albertyn, editor

Marabi Nights: jazz, ‘race’ and society in early apartheid South Africa.,  2nd edition - Christopher Ballantine

Musique moderne et langues nationales au Burkina Faso - Jacob Daboué

Native Tongues: An African Hip-hop reader - P. Khalil Saucier, editor

The Passion of Reggae and African Music - Joel Savage

Rumbissimo: Rumba, droit et business - Yvon Laurier Ngombe

Seun Kuti: Inside Kalakta & Within Afrobeat - Uzo Ngoladi

Sociologie de la chanson congolaise : Cours expérimental sur la rumba congolaise - Gaston M'Bemba-Ndoumba

Sounding the Cape: Music, Identity and Politics in South Africa - Denis-Constant Martin

Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital - Lloyd Bradley

The story of South African jazz Volume One - Struan Douglas

Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat -  Tony Allen

Women's Songs from West Africa - Thomas A.Hale

Yorùbá Music in the Twentieth Century: Identity, Agency, and Performance Practice - Bode Omojola

some recent books – added in 2012

Africa speaks, America answers: modern jazz in revolutionary times - Robin DG Kelly

Les Bantous de la Capitale: Les Rois de la rumba Africaine – Chronologie des 48 ans d’existence - Clement Ossinonde

A Discography of Dr Nico, 2nd edition - Alastair Johnston

Dictioaire des Immortels de la Musique Congolaise Moderne - Jean-Pierre François Nimy Nzonga

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti,:Le genie de l’Afrobeat - François Bensignor

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, The Primary Man of an African Personality:The Narrative & Screenplay – Jawi Oladipo-Ola

Fela Kuti Lotta Continua – Mabinuori Kayode Idowu

From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta: How West African Standards of Aesthetics Have Shaped the Music of the Delta blues – Pascal Bokar Thiam

Hip-Hop Africa:New African music in a Globalizing world - edited by Eric Charry

The Hiplife in Ghana : west African indigenization of Hip-Hop Halifu Osumare

Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana - Steven Feld

Jean-Serge Essouss: clarinetiste, saxophoniste et chanteur congolaise (1935 – 2009) - Joachim E. Goma-Thethet and François Roger Byhantot

Le Makossa: Une musique africaine moderne - Jean Maurice Noah

Music and Globalisation: Critical Encounters - edited by Bob W. White

La musique Congolaise moderne 1953 – 2003: De Kallé Jeff à Werrason – Monsengo Vantibah Mabélé

La musique Congolaise moderne face aux enjeux des TIC: prototype d’un site Internet axé sur la promotion de l’industrie musicale de la République Démocratique du Congo – Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse

Musique Poulaire  et Société à Kinshasa: Une ethnogrraphie de l’écoute – edited by Bob W. White & Lye M. Yoka

Sonic Spaces of the Kaoroo: The Sacred Music of a South African Coloured Community- Marie Jorritsma

some recent books – added in 2011

Bembeya Jazz National: Cinqante ans après, la légende continue...  Justin Morrel junior et Souleymane Keita

Beyond Memory: Recording History, Moments and Memories of South African Music. – Max Mojapelo

Composing Apartheid: Music for and against Apartheid – Grant Owage (Ed)

Jazz Rocks –  Rashid Lombard  

Live from Dar es Salaam: Popular Music and Tanzania's Music Economy   Alex Perullo

Mulaatu Astatke: The Making of Ethio Jazz  – Abebe Zegeye

JMusical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz (Redefining American Music)   Carol Ann Miller and Sathima Bea Benjamin

some recent books – added in 2010

A Discography of Dr Nico   Alastair Johnston

Fela: Kalakuta Notes   John Collins

Highlife Music in West Africa  – Sonny Oti

La Musique au Coeur de la Société Congolais Dieudonné Katamu

The Ikoyi Narratives: The Spiritualism and Political Philosophy of Fela Kuti Majemite Jaboro   

Theory of African Music  – Gerhard Kubrik (in two volumes)

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