Ernesto Djédjé was a huge star on the Ivory Coast in his day and listening to “Ziboté,” it makes perfect sense. Catchy vocals, great instrumentation, groovy rhythms, and—although rare for West African records from the 70s—the recording is crystal clear and expertly mixed. One look at the cover and you know it’s gonna be funky.

Here is another taste of modern African music: straight outta Ghana, “My Lady” by Jay Ghartey was a smash a few years ago (first in Ghana, then throughout English-speaking West Africa). Undeniably an R&B pop song—but unmistakably African—it should have been an international hit.