I have never been very good at doing themed series here, as I normally lose interest in them even more quickly than my readers do. I can only admire the persistence, professionalism and commitment to quality of the likes of JC, Rol and Charity Chic, all of whom seem to have at least two series on the go at any given time.
The only series I have ever seen through to the end was back in 2020 when we marked the UK's departure from the EU with a 27 part musical tour of the other EU countries, visiting them in alphabetical order from Austria to Sweden.
I have belatedly decided to do a sort of follow up. This time we will be touring Africa. It will require almost exactly twice the amount of effort as there are officially 54 countries in Africa (although I am also going to include Western Sahara taking it up to 55).
As with the European tour, some posts will be more challenging than others. Having spent part of the long weekend wading through assorted spreadsheets I have worked out that there are six African countries from which I have no music at all and a handful of others with just one or two artists to represent them. At least I know where my Bandcamp money will be going for the foreseeable future.
We will kick the series proper off next week in Algeria. In the meantime here are an A and a Z from a country which could easily justify a 55 part series on its own, South Africa.
"Bolla Noto" - Abafana Baseqhudeni
"Mbombela - A Twist of Bayete" - Zuluboy