Top West African Music Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
619
King Sunny Adé Juju Music Jj 1982
2
960
Salif Keita Soro Mande Music 1987
3
1000
Youssou N'Dour Immigres / Bitim Rew Mbalax 1984
4
1111
Fela and Africa 70 Zombie Afrobeat 1976
5
1480
Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder Talking Timbuktu Mande Music, Songhai Music Blues 1994
6
1624
Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion Apala 1960
7
1870
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax 1983
8
1905
Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai Songhai Music African Folk Music, Flamenco Nuevo 1988
9
1950
Salif Keita Moffou Mande Music 2002
10
2192
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Sorrow Tears and Blood/Black President [1981] Afrobeat 1977
11
2420
Ali Farka Touré Savane Mande Music, Songhai Music Blues 2006
12
2792
Ali Farka Touré The River Mande Music, Songhai Music 1990
13
2974
Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela Mbalax 1985

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 Expensive Shit Afrobeat 1975
King Sunny Adé Synchro System Jj 1983
Fela Coffin for Head of State Afrobeat 1981
Toumani Diabaté with Ballake Sissoko New Ancient Strings Mande Music 1999
Baaba Maal Lam Toro Mbalax 1992
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Gentleman Afrobeat 1973
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight Afrobeat 1972
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Confusion Afrobeat 1974
Fela Original Sufferhead Afrobeat 1981
Angelique Kidjo Logozo Fon Music Pop 1991
Cheikh Lo Ne La Thiass Mbalax 1996
Oumou Sangare Worotan Wassoulou 1996
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Shuffering & Shmiling Afrobeat 1977
Toumani Diabaté The Mandé Variations Mande Music 2008
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Open & Close Afrobeat 1971
Baaba Maal Live at the Royal Festival Hall Mbalax 1999
Osibisa Woyaya Highlife Jazz-Rock 1971
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate Ali & Toumani Mande Music, Songhai Music 2010
Youssou N'Dour Nothing's in Vain (Coono du réér) Mbalax 2002
Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté Toumani & Sidiki Mande Music 2014
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Jama Ko Mande Music 2013
Rokia Traor Bowmboi Mande Music 2003
Baaba Maal Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) Mbalax 2001
Oumou Sangare Mogoya Wassoulou 2017
Fatouma Tadiawara Fenfo Wassoulou 2018
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Ba Power Mande Music 2015
Songhoy Blues Music in Exile Songhai Music 2015
Toumani Diabaté Boulevard de l'indépendence Mande Music 2006
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet Ladilikan Mande Music Chamber Music 2017
Songhoy Blues Resistance Afro-Rock, Songhai Music 2017
Rokia Traor Beautiful Africa Mande Music 2013
Orchestra Baobab Made in Dakar Wolof Music 2007
Afrocubism Afrocubism Mande Music Guajira 2010
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba I Speak Fula Mande Music 2009
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Segu Blue Mande Music 2007