Top Choice Live Music in Lagos

New Afrika Shrine

Just by showing up you'll get a political education, a lesson in shakin' it and a contact high. Though Fela's original Shrine was burnt down, this replacement run by his children is the best show in town. Femi Kuti …
Top Choice Live Music in Malkerns Valley

House on Fire

People visit this especially for the ever-mutating cultural site–living gallery and experimental-performance space. Part of the Malandela's complex, the well-known venue hosts everything from African theatre, music …
Top Choice Theatre in Southern Suburbs

Baxter Theatre

Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three venues – the main theatre, the concert hall and the studio – and between them they cover everything from kids’ shows to African da…
Top Choice Jazz in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Tamarin Hotel

Concerts indulge the passion for jazz of the hotel's owner (he's the one on sax) – the result is one of the best live-music venues on the island. On Tuesday jazz takes a break for some local séga rhythms, before nor…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Dakar

Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor

This spacious arts centre occupying a whole city block is one of the main hubs of cultural activity in Dakar. It features an open-air stage (a fantastic place to catch a live-music gig), a good cafe, and exhibition …
Top Choice Live Music in Addis Ababa

Fendika Azmari Bet

This azmari bet (a place where live performers improvise amusing songs and poetry) rivals any in Addis. It’s littered with Ethiopian cultural items and always offers a good time (whether you understand what's going …
Top Choice Live Music in Accra


This 'Jazz Bar & Grill', as the strapline goes, is probably the best live-music venue in Accra. Bands come from all over the continent and there is a great atmosphere.
Top Choice Traditional Music in Cairo


The Egyptian Centre for Culture & Art runs this intimate space dedicated to folk music. Don’t miss the traditional women’s zar, a sort of musical trance and healing ritual (Wednesday, 8pm; E£30, advance booking …
Top Choice Concert Venue in Conakry

Faga Faga Fougou Espace Culturel

This is one of the most exciting live music venues in Conakry. The ocean-side stage hosts a diverse array of local and West African groups performing anything from rap to world music to Afro-funk. The atmosphere is …
Top Choice Live Music in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Studio 7

A few years ago, local musician Patrick Craig set up a members-only music club in his living room. Top local and international musicians play acoustic gigs here in very relaxed, intimate surroundings. Usually no mor…