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What is your favourite African song?
Brenda Fassie
South African "wild child" Brenda Fassie died earlier this year
Africa has produced many great artists and songs over the years but who is your favourite current artist and what is the best song?

Franco, Kofi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Brenda Fassie have all been huge stars in the past.

African stars shortlisted for the BBC World Music awards in January are South African singer Thandiswa Mazwai, Touareg band Tinariwen, Malian songstress Rokia Traore and Senegalese superstar Youssou Ndour.

And once you have chosen your favourite artist, what about their best-ever song?

Use the form below to send in your nomination and tell us the reasons for your choice.

A short-list of the most popular nominations will be drawn up next week and you will then be able to listen to them and vote to decide the winner.

You can also listen to some of the nominations on the BBC's Network Africa programme. You will be able to vote in the World Music Awards in January.

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Hugh Masekela --- Stimela. It's just as pure as the diamonds from the kimberly mines. Outstanding is all I can say.
Claudius Mundoma, Quincy, Florida (Zimbabwe)

Favourite Artist - FELA KUTI Best-ever Song - 'LADY'
Rasheed Tijani, London, U.K

'Let Me love You' 12" single, by Bunny Mack, from Sierra Leone (1991 Rokel Records SD-RK 09), is the best African song of all time. It is a guaranteed dancefloor filler all over the world and is so popular that many people don't even realize it was recorded by an African artist!
Ade Adeyemo, Solihull

Artist: Solomon Linda Song: Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight, In The Jungle) A song that has inspired generations of Africans and African music since 1939. It remains one of the most recorded songs in history, and to this day still delights listeners throughout the world as it did 60 years ago. I have known this song all my life, it will remain with me wherever I go, and I look forward to the day that I can pass it on to my children.
Craig H, London, UK (ex South Africa)

Youssou N'dour definitely. I love the Nigerian greats but he is my flavor of the year. My favorite song of his is "Salimata"
Adenike, Nigeria

Franco is the greatest and the best however you cut.
Lumumba Kore, Iselin USA

Tilahun Gessesse of Ethiopia is the best musician that Africa has. He sings not only about the love of a man and a woman, but also the love of a family, love of nature, time, respecting job, politics, free market like the one that says Genzeb in Amharic (┐Genzeb yalew yawta, yesra yalserabet, hulum endialfelet┐) meaning let everybody profit by making the money work (invest)). Above all, he is a very nationalist and patriotic Ethiopian and African that everybody should be proud off. I am also his admirer because, in my age I have seen a lot of musicians coming and going, but when it comes to him, he is liked by at least two generations, and continued to do so. Wishing him good health and happiness.
Abeba Teshale, Toronto, Canada

Miriam Makeba, "Pata Pata"
Eric le Guen, Segny, France

Just one? "Komine" by Habib Koite and Bamada is up there, but "Howkouna" by Ali Farka Toure perhaps takes the cake.
JBE, DC Area, U.S.

Lucky Dube is my favourite as he has been the best in Africa by his songs of reggae, I am from Kenya and there we love reggae. Congratulations for him.
James Ndegwa, Midrand, South Africa

My nomination for best song is "Black Man's Cry" by Fela Kuti. It's on the Africa 70 album featuring Ginger Baker.
Jah Ruler, Boston, MA USA

best musician---koffi olomide best song----andrada
moses simiyu, geneva switzerland

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. VIP
Adigun Olosun, Southampton, England(Nigerian)

Yvonne Chaka Chaka's umkhomboti has to be up there. It is timeless and would fill any dance floor anyhwere in the world. My daughters (who have never been to Africa) also think it is the best song ever and they have turned it into our house anthem!
Samuel, Staffordshire, UK

My all time favourite singer must be Saida Karoli from northwest Tanzania .Her songs especially 'Maria salome' crossed boundaries and demonstrated how incredibly entertaining traditional African beats can be. She has the best voice and her songs have got the best rhythms.
Peter Kaiza, London/Tanzania

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and his song "Suffering and Smiling" because he so aptly captures the essence of much of the African continent: good humour, hospitality and resilience by its citizens in the face of much hardship caused by callous, hypocritical and self-serving leadership.
Segun, London England

Franco remains far ahead of the pack;and will remain so for years. His best hit remains 'infidelite ya mado'.
weru macharia, Brighton,UK

I would like to nominate Johnny Clegg - he is an outstanding artist whose music speaks for all South Africans. I think that his song Asimbonanga, which was written about Nelson Mandela and his imprisonment on Robben Island is a timeless song. He is very popular in SOuth Africa and has always made sure that his concerts and music are accessible by all South Africans.
Emma, Norwich

I believe "Sweet Mother" by Nico Mbarga is the best music produced by an African. The lyric is as moving as the rhythm. Though Nico is dead, but "Sweet Mother" still remains the best.
Tochukwu Onyeriri, Chicago / USA

"Water - it no get enemy" by Fela Kuti This should be the Nigerian national anthem!
Vesiri, London, England




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