songs The Best Songs About Africa  

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Africa is the cradle of humanity, and the inspiration for greats tunes on this list of songs about Africa. As African tribal music served as the basis for much of the instrumentation found in pop, hip-hop and rock ‘n roll, it’s only fitting musicians would look back on their musical heritage by penning songs about Africa. Some musicians use their songs about Africa as a way to explore race, politics and identity. Whatever draws your interest in the vast continent, you’ll be sure to find a song about Africa on this list that will have you booking the next flight there.

Soft-rockers Toto released “Africa” in the ‘80s. The song enjoys wide popularly and is one of the most well known songs about the continent.

“Africa Talks To You” was going to be the original title of Sly & the Family Stone’s album There’s A Riot Goin’ On, but was retitled in response to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On.

For fans of punk band The Stooges, “African Man” finds frontman Iggy Pop in unusual territory for him, backed by horns and funky percussion.

Which songs on this list make you wish you were in Africa? Vote for your favorites! Please add any songs about Africa you love that aren’t on the list.


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Africa Toto

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Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Under African Skies Paul Simon

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Mozambique is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Africa
AndrewNystrom added Mozambique Bob Dylan

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Biko Peter Gabriel

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African Symphony Earth, Wind & Fire

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African Mailman Nina Simone

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punksnotdead added Radio Ethiopia Patti Smith Group

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Mama Africa Peter Tosh

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Africa Bamba Santana

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punksnotdead added African Reggae Nina Hagen Band

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punksnotdead added Third World Service Manfred Mann's Earth Band

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African Trilogy Neil Diamond

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African Friend Jimmy Buffett

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Mama Africa Akon, Hakim Abdulsamad

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Africa Bamba Carlos Santana

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African Sunrise John Denver

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emilyl added Pretty Africa Desmond Dekker & The Aces

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Liberian Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Africa
Tigerheart16 added Liberian Girl Michael Jackson

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punksnotdead added Pogo in Togo The Bovver Boys

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African Man Iggy Pop

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Sierra Leone Frank Ocean

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African Night Flight David Bowie

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Mother Africa Santana