Amayenge - Ukuilondola (Zambia, 1979)Miriam Makeba - Qongqothwane (The Click Song)
(South Africa, 1960)
I've listened to some Amayenge songs on You Tube and they are quite good, listen for instance to Munise Munise
(1988) but not the nominated song. Anyway I doubt they could dethrone the warm voice of Mama Africa herself.
Manka Le Phallang - Ea Nyoloha Khanyapa (Lesotho, 1987)Danyèl Waro - Banm Kalou Banm
The accordion-based Lesotho song is very good but my vote goes to Danyèl Waro playing Maloya (music style from Réunion Island that evolves from the chants of slaves), a mantra that only needs percussion and voices to get you trapped.
Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata (South Africa, 1967)Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba
(South Africa, 1973)
I initially though that I was going to vote for Miriam Makeba on any given bracket and morever with "Pata Pata", possibly her best song, but (and sorry Miriam and Miguel) I'm going to vote strategically because of three reasons:
a) We have already on the second round a song by The Skylarks and probably "Qongqothwane" too ("Ukuilondola" is unavailable so far).
b) Ladysmith Black Mambazo's song was my own nomination.
c) The song itself, "Nomathemba" (from their fisrt album), is absolutely fantastic (IMHO).
The Bhundu Boys - Manhenga (Zimbabwe, 1986)Mulemena Boys - Navuluka
Two great songs from the 80s (I don't know if we can consider the 80s the golden age for the music of this part of the world or it was only because suddenly the world turned its eyes to this music and there were more opportunities for these artists to record and release their songs). I like both tracks, both feature excellent (and typically African) guitars but probably I chose "Navuluka" for the beautiful tight vocal harmonies.