Top African Music Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
650
King Sunny Adé Juju Music Jj 1982
2
1004
Salif Keita Soro Mande Music 1987
3
1029
Youssou N'Dour Immigres / Bitim Rew Mbalax 1984
4
1150
Fela and Africa 70 Zombie Afrobeat 1976
5
1357
Cesria vora Miss Perfumado Morna 1992
6
1465
Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder Talking Timbuktu Mande Music, Songhai Music Blues 1994
7
1685
Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion Apala 1960
8
1696
Khaled Khaled Pop Ra 1992
9
1755
Amadou & Mariam Dimanche à Bamako 2004
10
1803
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax 1983
11
1850
Salif Keita Moffou Mande Music 2002
12
1969
Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai African Folk Music, Songhai Music Flamenco Nuevo 1988
13
2064
Ali Farka Touré Savane Mande Music, Songhai Music Blues 2006
14
2094
Konono No. 1 Congotronics Tradi-Modern 2005
15
2164
Mbongwana Star From Kinshasa Tradi-Modern 2015
16
2259
Tinariwen Aman Iman: Water is Life Tishoumaren 2007
17
2457
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Sorrow Tears and Blood/Black President [1981] Afrobeat 1977
18
2664
Tinariwen Imidiwan: Companions Tishoumaren 2009
19
2776
Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela Mbalax 1985
20
2822
Rachid Taha Diwan Ra 1998
21
2832
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu Mbube, Nguni Folk Music 1987
22
2864
Mahmoud Ahmed Eré Méla Méla/Ethiopiques 7 Ethio-Jazz, Tizita 1975
23
2990
Ali Farka Touré The River Mande Music, Songhai Music 1990

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
King Sunny Adé Synchro System Jj 1983
Baaba Maal Lam Toro Mbalax 1992
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 Expensive Shit Afrobeat 1975
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight Afrobeat 1972
Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella Kutché Ra 1989
Geoffrey Oryema Exile African Folk Music 1990
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Gentleman Afrobeat 1973
Fela Original Sufferhead Afrobeat 1981
Angelique Kidjo Logozo Fon Music Pop 1991
Toumani Diabaté with Ballake Sissoko New Ancient Strings Mande Music 1999
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Confusion Afrobeat 1975
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Shuffering & Shmiling Afrobeat 1977
Fela Coffin for Head of State Afrobeat 1981
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Open & Close Afrobeat 1971
Tinariwen The Radio Tisdas Sessions Tishoumaren 2001
Cheikh Lo Ne La Thiass Mbalax 1996
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate Ali & Toumani Mande Music, Songhai Music 2010
Oumou Sangare Worotan Wassoulou 1996
Bombino Nomad Tishoumaren 2013
Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté Toumani & Sidiki Mande Music 2014
Tinariwen Amassakoul Tishoumaren 2004
Toumani Diabaté The Mandé Variations Mande Music 2008
Osibisa Woyaya Highlife Jazz-Rock 1971
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Jama Ko Mande Music 2013
Amadou & Mariam Welcome to Mali Pop 2008
Youssou N'Dour Nothing's in Vain (Coono du réér) Mbalax 2002
Noura Mint Seymali Arbina Moorish Music 2016
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Ba Power Mande Music 2015
Baaba Maal Live at the Royal Festival Hall Mbalax 1999
Songhoy Blues Music in Exile Songhai Music 2015
Rokia Traoré Bowmboi Mande Music 2003
Oumou Sangare Mogoya Wassoulou 2017
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet Ladilikan Mande Music Chamber Music 2017
Songhoy Blues Resistance Afro-Rock, Songhai Music 2017
Baaba Maal Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) Mbalax 2001
Toumani Diabaté Boulevard de l'indépendence Mande Music 2006
Kasai Allstars In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic (Congo Tradi-Modern 2008