There is a saying which holds that, when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. This concept interests economists particularly with regard to business cycle comovement between countries – do individual country business cycles follow those of the US and other leading economies? With the Great Recession of 2008 this question regained new prominence as it originally seemed that emerging market economies were not catching the cold that had originated in the US. This phenomenon, known as decoupling, soon received significant research attention. With the focus on emerging markets, however, the impact on African countries received very little attention in the more recent literature and debates. This is true in general, where a general lack of research into business cycle comovement between Africa and advanced economies is evident. Since 2000 only six research papers have been published on the topic, with only three covering the Great Recession years including more narrow sets of countries. None of these studies have used dynamic factor analysis or looked at SSA countries on the basis of income groups rather than regions.