Africa Day 2012: Music of The “Dark Continent”

Today our continent celebrates Africa Day! A day on which our multiple cultures, beliefs, races and languages all merge and become one.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity. – Wikipedia

And what better way to celebrate our continent than with music? Music transcends the language barrier and reaches down into the very soul of the listener. Here are a few songs by some amazing artists that are bringing light to the “Dark Continent” with their music:

The theme of this years Africa Day is “Africa and the Diaspora”, and what better song to embody that theme than Scatterlings by our very own Johnny Clegg (and Savuka). Our African blood binds us together forever, no matter what part of this beautiful and wondrous continent we come from we are all tied together by the music within our souls – the music of Africa.

We would like to wish all of our African brothers and sisters, all over the world, a wonderful Africa Day!

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