West Africa entertainment

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 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 Accra

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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 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 Arts Centre in Conakry

Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen

French cultural centres in Africa usually put on diverse and exciting events, art-house films, world music concerts and exhibitions, and this one is no exception. As well as a busy cultural calender there's also a l…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Yaoundé

Institut Français

With a hip, graffitied exterior and a culturally buzzing interior, this is a relaxed spot to catch a film or music event, see an exhibition or have a drink or food at the in-house Café de France. There’s a good libr…
Top Choice Live Music in Ouagadougou

Petit Bazar

A pleasant watering hole by day and live music venue by night, with bands every night from 8pm. Especially popular are traditional music nights; go in, ask what's on, and join in the dancing.
Arts Centre in Malabo

L'Institut Culturel d'Expression Française

All sorts of artistic endeavours are represented here, from debates to musical evenings, fashion shows, dance and art exhibitions. Both locals and visitors from France are represented. Find the program on the websit…
Live Music in Chã das Caldeiras

Casa Ramiro

If you're staying overnight, don't miss the nightly performance (around 6pm) at Casa Ramiro, a grocery store where you can try local goat cheese and homemade manecon wine. Ramiro and his children, neighbours and fri…
Live Music in Saint-Louis

Meyazz Club

The best new venue for live music is in Sor – well worth the taxi trip over if a concert is happening. Music is wide-ranging, from African rhythms and mbalax to reggae and global beats, and it draws a well-dressed, …