Some of them we paid tribute to at the time of their passing - Bunny Wailer, U-Roy, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Nanci Griffith and Don Everly among others - so we won't do so again now. Instead, today and tomorrow we'll mark the contribution of some whose deaths perhaps have slipped under the radar a bit.
Today's selection features mainly African musicians - one apiece from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Lesotho and two from South Africa. The only non-African among today's artistes is the one proclaiming his love for African music, Jacob Desvarieux from Guadeloupe.
"Tashamanaletch" - Alemayehu Eshete
"You're My Fire Extinguisher" - Sir Victor Uwaifo
"Nonyana" - Tsepo Tshola
"Batsumi" - Jonas Gwangwa
"Dinyatsi" - Steve Kekana
"African Music" - Jacob Desvarieux
We'll be back tomorrow with six more audio clips. Until then, here are a few more of the folks we lost last year.