Opiyo Oloya's Top 10 List of African Music Recordings in '97

10. Various Artists Music from Tanzania, Volume 2/ CAPRICE RECORDS
9. Thionne Seck Daaly/ STERN'S RECORDS
8. Yande Codou Sene Night Sky in Sine Saloum/ SHANACHIE
6. Samite Silina Musango/ XENOPHILE/GREEN LINNET
5. Sally Nyolo Tribu/TINDER RECORDS
4. Mansour Seck Yelayo/STERN'S RECORDS
3. Brice Wassy Shrine Dance/MELT2000
2. Mabi Thobejane Madiba/MELT2000
1. Sekouba Bambino Kassa/ STERN'S RECORDS

Other notable releases of 97 include Pops Mohamed's "How Far Have We Come"/Melt2000, Lucky Dube's "Taxman"/Shanachie, Lemvo Diamono's "Marimbalax"/Stern's Records, Amampondo's "Drums for Tomorrow"/Melt2000. There may well have been many other great releases out there, but I did not get to listen to them. - Opiyo Oloya

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