African Classics Radio

New: African Classics Radio. The vintage sound of Africa, playing nothing but the best from the past! Tune in via web or mobile phone and listen to 24/7 hits and rare grooves from the African 1960s, seventies, eighties and nineties.

African Classics Radio takes you back to a time before auto tune, when singers recorded with a full live band. The era of Tabu Ley Rochereau, Fela Kuti, Pepe Kalle, Brenda Fassie, King Sunny Ade, Omar Pene and Salif Keita - the list is endless. Whether you grew up on these tunes or you want to discover the music that preceded the modern African sounds, African Classics Radio has got them all.

Musical styles like highlife, rumba, afrobeat, mbalax, bubblegum, ziglibithy, benga, chimurenga, fuji, makossa and zouk all have a permanent home in the non-stop stream, from the biggest hits to recently discovered obscurities. The playlist is constantly updated with new songs and styles.

To listen live to African Classics Radio, launch the player in the side bar, download the free TIA app for Iphone or Android, read the instructions for TuneIn & Xiia (Android & Blackberry) or use the links below for your favorite player:

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  • “Remember who we are” – DJ Zhao’s NGOMA Classic 2 - Afrobeat

    Since Fela’s voice is much cooler than mine, I have switched out my intro with his, and this mix originally made to promote BlackBox number 1 has grown into a proper NGOMA release – with a few changes and much new goodness, including two wicked special edits – one of the Ethio classic by Mahmoud Ahmed (following a funktastic number by Berlin’s own Woima Collective ), and another of a very unique cosmic disco track by the techno-head Lego Welt ’s Afrocentric alter ego Nacho Patrol . Old version of this mix can still be heard here . more >