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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Toto

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37 15
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Paul Simon

3
24 9
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Bob Marley & The Wailers

4
21 10
Mozambique is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Songs About Africa
AndrewNystrom added Bob Dylan

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Earth, Wind & Fire

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13 7
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Peter Gabriel

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10 6
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Nina Simone

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8 4
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Santana

9
7 4
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10
6 3
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punksnotdead added Patti Smith Group

11
5 2
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punksnotdead added Nina Hagen Band

12
13 11
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Peter Tosh

13
4 2
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punksnotdead added Manfred Mann's Earth Band

14
3 1
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Neil Diamond

15
2 0
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Vasily Chernikov added Nena -

Nena

16
5 4
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4 3
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Jimmy Buffett

18
4 3
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Carlos Santana

19
3 2
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emilyl added Desmond Dekker & The Aces

20
8 8
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8 8
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Iggy Pop

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2 2
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Frank Ocean

23
6 7
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Akon, Hakim Abdulsamad

24
3 4
Liberian Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Africa
Tigerheart16 added Michael Jackson

25
2 3
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John Denver

26
2 3
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punksnotdead added The Bovver Boys

27
4 8
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David Bowie

28
4 9
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Santana