Thursday, February 06, 2014

 

Aïcha Tachinwite


Side A
Track 1
Track 2

Side B
Track 3
Track 4

Moroccan musique Souss disco dreams for days. Vintage songs by a recognized diva of Amazigh song styles of the Souss region. Lots to be joyful for here, so intense, long tunes full of tension and brilliant harmonic trademarks that might get stuck in your head if you don't pass out from ecstatic dancing first.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 

Bintou Sidibe


Side A
Samba Dian
Tolomba
Nene

Side B
Neye Dounanye
Djigui

This cassette = all superior everything. Wassoulou rhythms fly by thusly: confident female vocalist Sidibe leads kamelngoni and flute on a call-and-response-fueled country drive. Oh and best supporting actor goes to the pure-toned guitar poking its head out at crucial moments. I am finding recording this nonstop awesome, keeping it on repeat for the past two days. Doubtless worth a 30-minute pause in whatever you're doing today.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

 

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers — A Christmas Special By The King of Juju




Side A 
Odun Keresimesi 
Irinse Lojona Obey O Jona 
Irin Ajo
Ile Oba To Jo 

Side B 
Ka So Wo Po 
Oro Obi Pelu Iyawo 
Oro Oko Pelu Obi 
Olatunbosun Banmeke

Happy holidays y'all. My best good homie Seb from Brussels (part of the wonderful Rebel Up! outfit)) blessed this xmas eve with a crucial Nigerian juju Christmas-themed tape by an Awesome Tapes From Africa favorite guy, check out his description:
 
Ho Ho Ho! Christmas, Nigerian juju style by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers: A Christmas Special By The King of Juju! Since the 50's Ebenezer Obey had been crafting his special juju-highlife sound, which is a mix of Yoruba percussion, talking drums, electric guitars and vocals in Yoruba. Later in his life he only started playing Christian gospel music (a fate which many Nigerian musicians seems to befall from a certain age onwards) and he passed away in 2011 in Lagos university hospital at the age of 67. 

This tape was recorded sometime in the 60's with his then-band International Brothers. It was a golden find in one of the many Nigerian stalls around London's Brixton market last spring. Both sides are filled with heavenly sweet jangling guitars, muffled percussion, talking drums and festive Yoruba singing, with some surprise Christmas melodies played as one continuous medley in lo-fi tropical spheres. As the title already said, the chief was the self-proclaimed king of juju and we can only bow down to his legacy. Listen to these funky Christmas waves and have a great one!

Monday, December 09, 2013

 

Boureima Disco et le Super Bonkaney



Face A
Bassitray
Djivi
Guimbiya
Gahame Bani
Ethnocentrisme

Face B
Makabarta
Mouloud 
Ethnocentrisme
Haira
???? (mystery extra track)

Zarma-language music from Niger with that tell-tale melodic shape and Sahelian rhythmic lilt plus, crucially, additional left-field electronic quirks. Let it set you on a specific kind of new path to polyrhythmic greatness. Long workouts layering ostinatos, what I adore about Tendé music. Give me more. The mystery track is next level. Here's more info on this tape.


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

 

Mama Yergue Barry



Face A
Djama Guinee Dyente Mama Barry
Attye Guere Ka Leydi Man
Ko Neebhwo Gidho Nafai
Petit Mamadou

Face B
Guinee Hassimiou
Menenga Eha
Wa Neene Alaa/Haaianan Ko Faaladha

Don't fuck with a blind Fulani griot and his calabash. In addition to the crippling effects of this spider-like dextrous gourd snapping, this recording slaps the listen around with spare and fiery flute playing—some tastes and flavors espoused by the traditionally itinerant Peul people, the ones around the Fouta-Djalon region of Guinea. More on that huge musical topic here, thanks in part to the tireless work of Banning Eyre.

Monday, November 18, 2013

 

Side A

Side B

It's really pretty hard to find cassettes of Somali music. But there are a few in a collection I absorbed from a friend a while ago. Go deep with this live recording of Salaad Darbi in full band virtuosity and you will go away feeling happy. I don't have any info about this artist or recording right now. All I know about this tape is that the saxophones, strings, guitars, accordion and kaban (Somali oud) collide in a highly pleasing way. This is a really special and rare tape.

And since I am a lifelong Deadhead I love live tapes.

Friday, November 01, 2013

 

Saramba Kouyate — 56


Face A
Sene Foli
Jamdya
Na Sombou

Face B
56
Toumbou
Kita

So you're sitting home on a Friday night and you just want to kick it to some dynamic diva from Mali while she floats along a tinkly river of luminescence (a.k.a. gold medal griot accompaniment). Can't blame you for nurturing this sophisticated craving.

UPDATE tonight Friday November 8 is now at Body Actualized Center (http://bodyactualized.org
143 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11206), come party with ATFA, serious dub vibes duo Blazer Sound System and special guest Addis Pablo.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

 

Yilma Hailu — Tewahido


Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6    

Side B
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10
Track 11
Track 12
  
Not gonna lie. I am into music from Ethiopia/Eritrea in a major way. But even more so, I am getting obsessed with music of a spiritual nature. E.g., this Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mezmur recording is making me straight high. (I got this at an all-Christian music shop in Axum.)

Jumping off point alert: Barcelona's Rádio Web MACBA asked for a podcast so I dug through my tapes and compiled some of my favorite songs of the religious persuasion. Listen and read here.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 

Seleshe Damessae — Vol. 1




Side A
Agaro
Denbushe Gela
Alehoy
Ambasel
Ya Megale
Aya Ho Ho
Waria Wata

Side B
Segno Maskegno
Ete Mete
Ere Amsale
Chey Belew
Tewale
Neterek
Degegna

Oh, how I love the sound of the krar. The ancient instrument scales pentatonic heights in the attics of my mind. So simple yet so jarringly complex.

If you like this tape, buy Damessae's incredible record that's been ringing in my ears for years now.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

 

Announcing Penny Penny "Shaka Bundu" (ATFA008), Out November 12


Those of you who've been following Awesome Tapes From Africa the blog and/or DJ sets might be aware of my nagging obsession with South African singer and mid-school Tsonga disco [Shangaan disco] superstar Penny Penny. Thanks to Wills and Tshepong, longtime friends who hooked me up with his classic debut tape from 1994, I have been listening to and loving this recording for years now.

It took a bit of time to track down the busy politician, humanitarian and stadium-filling musician, but with the help and encouragement from Penny and his brilliant producer Joe Shirimani (who is a huge deal himself in the Tsonga music world), Shaka Bundu will be coming out on Awesome Tapes From Africa on November 12 worldwide on LP/CD/MP3/C60.

Do a little dance to the first single from this groundbreaking and inspiring piece of post-Apartheid South Africa pop history.



Monday, August 19, 2013

 

Racine Sall — Wale Niouma Don


Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5

Side B
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10

Sometimes a solo vocalist on some pious recitation vibe is all you need with a little keyboard. Against a stark background of brittle synth wafting about. This Racine Sall tape from Mali makes a curious departure from his less bonkers/less outsider-sounding Islamic vocal work with more acoustic instrumentation, on these astounding little numbers here and here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

Orchestre Kiam


Face A
Maketa
Ifantu
Makonda

Saturday, July 13, 2013

 

Yemane Ghebremichael — Vol. 2




Side A
Track 1 
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

Side B
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8

This 1992 recording (1986 in Ethiopian calendar) is an awesome tape. I've had a YouTube crush on the music of Eritrean legend Yemane G/Michael (aka Yemane Baria, Yemane Barya, etc) for a while and this mostly-acoustic recording is completely bringing me back to a recent trip to Tigray, Ethiopia. The region neighbors Eritrea, and shares a language and musical vibe. I dug this tape up from deep in the stash months ago but didn't really get into it until now. Pentatonic strings and keyboard join the vocal melodies, dancing up and down in a lovely lilt. Amidst the quintessential [ka-dunk] rhythm that is characteristic of a lot of Tigrinya folk music I heard around the Eritrean border, this tape stands out: minimally arranged, urgent, beautiful.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I was recently asked to take down these links because these guys are planning to release the record here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

 

Kwaya Ya Patandi — Msifungiwe Nira Vol 3



Side A
Msifungiwe Nira  
Dunia Inapita
Mwana Mpotevu
Njooni
Hakuna Wokovu
Haya Shime
Bwana Asema

Side B
Imba Imba
Dhambi
Jipe Moyo Mkuu
Kazi Yake
Ni Nani
Ni Kweli
Bwana Wangu
Bonus*

*—There was an extra song at the end (I think)

As the overall vibe of their music videos attests, Kwaya Ya Patandi are a dead serious gospel choir bursting with joy and spirit. There's a relaxing lilt to all this, despite the sterile effect of what sounds like an old Thomas church organ jamming out those hallow beats and majestic harmonies.

Tanzania's gospel scene is large and varied. This group from Arusha represents one regional approach to perhaps the most malleable musical forms out there. Taarab gospel, gospel reggae, soukous gospel, etc. It's all been happening for a long time and represents a huge part of the music industry in many places.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

 

Wedel Bikri



Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side B
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7

Sudanese tape I bought in Ethiopia recently is really hitting me hard this week. There's an excellent confluence of things happening on this recording that I am just so into right now: heartfelt tenor vocals; expected Sudanese popular song horn/string stabs; unexpected rhythmic breakdowns and melodic twists. I don't have any info about this artist. Google deepened the mystery, offering suggestions like "weird al bakery." So, I guess, just enjoy for now.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

Simon's Slow Music from Africa Vol. 2 mixtape



At long last, for the true heads who've been following Awesome Tapes From Africa for years now. One of my closest homies in the music/life continuum, Simon, has returned with a new mix of personal classics on vinyl. Without further ado, Simon's Slow Music from Africa mixtape Vol 2.

Tracklist:

Lord's Special - Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe - Nigeria
La Guinée-Wodi - Orchestre de Kindia (Dirou Band) - Guinea
Yatouloveras - UCAS Band de Sedhiou - Senegal
Teranga - Ouza et Teranga International Band - Senegal
Feresirima - Peacocks International Guitar Band − Nigeria
Na - Djorçon - Guinea-Bissau
Duga - Orchestre Rail Band - Mali
Sigala -  Magatte N'diaye with Star Band de Dakar - Senegal
Touraman - Horoya Band National - Guinea
Sali - Amadou Ballake Traore - Burkina Faso
Ma Penda - Orchestre Bawobab Gouye-Gui de Dakar - Senegal
Footaane - Etoile de Dakar - Senegal
Douga - Quintette Guinéenne - Guinea
Ife Uwa Adi Agwuagwu - Celestine Ukwu - Nigeria
Danaya - Nahawa Doumbia - Mali

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

 

Tondjon — Niyak3


Face A
Imadatji
Fanga
SIDA
Dedicace

Face B
Les Droit Des Enfants
Toubabou
Imadatji (Remix)
Intro

Rap from Mali. Deal with it. I think "tondjon" means "slaves" in Bambara.


Friday, May 10, 2013

 

Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument



The next Awesome Tapes From Africa LP release is by Hailu Mergia, the Ethiopian one-man-band accordion/keyboardist extraordinaire. Hailu made his name in Walias Band and later went on to do some visionary solo recordings. Hailu Mergia's beautiful and surprising 1985 foray into traditional Ethiopian songs via analog synth, electric piano and accordion has been remastered and will be available June 25 on LP/CD/MP3/C60.



Saturday, April 13, 2013

 

Massinko—DJ Mengie (NYC) & DJ XL Yafet





Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7

Side B
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10
Track 11
Track 12
Track 13

OK here's something you don't hear every day. In Bahar Dar I came across this NYC house-meets-Ethiopian traditional music cassette. I had to buy two copies, this one was so surprising. Blessed with Amharic club diva vocals, masinko riffs and an excellent I-don't-give-a-fuck creative swagger, this is one of those unique recordings that keeps me interested in this Awesome Tapes From Africa project. 

If you're like me and you still cherish your 90s drum n bass/jungle mixtapes and/or you ever went to a rave back in the day, this tape might be extra compelling.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

 

Groupe El Badil—Cassette 3





Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side B
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

Islamic chants as a vehicle for a varied and compelling array of rhythmic directions. Every song is different. I dance to the electronic super-charged second-cousin of drum n bass joints, I sway to the more acoustic, chorus-focused songs. I am going to be listening to a lot of this.

Groupe El Badil have some recordings available.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 

Tafese Tesfaye—1989 Zemana Getem Derasi





Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

Side B
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10

In observance of Great Lent, here is begena (bass lyre, King David's harp) music from an Ethiopian Orthodox monk, circa 1996 (1989 according to the Ethiopia calendar). Contemplate your sinning ways and get with the minimally stark low-end rumble of this ancient instrument.

BTWDur-Dur Band Volume 5 (ATFA004) comes out next week, March 19, on LP, CD, MP3 and limited edition cassette. Get yours here.

ALSO—Go deep into Sudanese, Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean music videos and Ghanaian TV sit-com, Nigerian cinema, tons of African TV advertisements and more at ATFA-curated weekend of YouTube videos on Network Awesome.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

 

Kompilation Moytoul—Hip Hop contre le Sida





Face A
Nexuma (Manu)
Mariano (Bibson / Maxi Krazy)
Xolu Chando (Gaston / Bouks)

Face B
Yaye Balma (Billy Joe / KT)
Xippi te Xoi (Laye B)
Nit Ki (Big D / Fatim / Pacotille)

Year 2000 Senegal rap-ragga-dancehall all-star compilation to raise awareness about AIDS.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

Madiodio Gning—Sultanu Arifine






Face A
Sultanu Arifine
Kuy Def Lou Bakh
Doom Dou Bakh
Lamdou Lamdoubi


Face B
Andou Diamonodji
Nila Waramel
Kerssa
Firouma

Powerful female singer from Senegal seeking listeners to vibe to this. Inquire within.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

 

M.C. N'Djoll—Djeliya





Face A
Djeliya
Bonga
Rap Guinéen
Le Bon
N'na Fanta

Face B
Nimakénama
Fria Kira
Rap Guinéen Remix
I Kanawa

Rap Guineé from the early aughties, chock full of traditional instruments and new-jack hustlin. Feeling this.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

 

Chief (Dr.) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister—Fuji Explosion



 

Side One

Side Two

I love this 80s Fuji masterpiece by one of my all-time Nigerian favorites. Come for the explosive rhythms, stay for the futuristic keyboards.

The genius is well represented over on iTunes but be advised regarding multiple variations of his name so search around.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

 

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and his Nigerian Sound Makers International—People's Club of Nigeria Special





Side One
People's Club of Nigeria Part One

Side Two
People's Club of Nigeria Part Two

This is some classic shit from a classic personage of Nigerian highlife excellence. Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Also, feel free to download and vibe to this track from the upcoming ATFA release by Dur-Dur Band (coming March 19 in all formats on all continents).:

 

Friday, January 04, 2013

 

M'Hamed Dammou





Side A

Side B

Amazigh dreams from Casablanca by one of the long-time crucial practitioners. Dude's been playing in amazing ensembles for decades and this solo outing from more recent years is hitting me pretty hard right about now.

Anyone able to translate the album and song titles for us?


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

 

Blind Musical Flames—Flames Morale





Side A
High Morale
Tifi Sidom
Diamond
Mantaraty

Side B
Big Berin
Poda Poda
Seda Seda

Positive greetings from essential Sierra Leonean sight-impaired super-group Blind Musical Flames. Welcome to 2013. We're starting light for now here at Awesome Tapes From Africa, deeper heavies to come. Hope you like simple pleasures, some dancing and a little bit of reggae.






Thursday, November 29, 2012

 

Okwueme '99'





Side A
Okwueme
Eli Ikwerre Marunma
Wenyi-Mo
Mind Your Way
Owa-Marule Nai-Mahara

Side B
Oge Asomeri
Njor-Vuenwu
Chidugwayi
Eli Rumuji Wegbom

Jump for joy to Nigerian praise singing and traditional drumming, spinning in hypnotizing cycles. I'm actually feeling dizzy. Despite the balance of lilty harmony and aggressive pulsing, this tape, produced outside Port Harcourt, takes me want a siesta.

Monday, November 12, 2012

 

Very excited to announce the next Awesome Tapes From Africa release. Dur-Dur Band Volume 5 comes out March 19 February 5, 2013. The classic Somali band's 1987 recording captures some of the incredible sounds happening in Mogadishu during that era. More info soon.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

 

Mamadou Camara dit Bikadi—Sognina




Sunday, November 04, 2012

 

Hirut Bekele





Side A
Track 1

Monday, October 22, 2012

 

Kouchouam Mbada—Swèga Menzui





Face A
Swèga Menzui
Ton Ngoùla (Jolie Jolie)
Lendè-Lec

Face B
Bin-Lânam
Adonis
Nouda
Zuit Tchap

These cyclical ruminations surely spell elation for many a Cameroonian social function.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

 

Finekeba Fali Camara—Raconte la Vie de Madou Hakilidouman de Fana Vol. 1





Face A
Face B

Vibe to griot tales from Mali today. The excellent instrumental and vocal accompaniment to this makes for a deep chill-out record. Settle in for the long haul. Ah, the life of Mr. Madou Hakilidouman. He apparently hails from Fana,which lies in a particularly culturally fertile part of Mali. Let that subtle, on-point guitar/n'goni work sneak up on you and feel thankful this gem made it to magnetized polyester.

Monday, September 24, 2012

 

FAC Alliance—Mariama



Face A
Telephone Love
Conakry By Night

Atente
Louganyi
Bee Labe Labe

Mariama*

Face B
Marche Doucement
Guiggol Maayata
N'kolon
Pauvrete
Nanfera
Sokho

*—Super warbly tape alert. Apologies for the awesome, nearly unlistenable effect.

Rap from Guinea, steeped in that quintessential urban West African stew of hip-hop, soul, dancehall and traditional rhythms and sounds (FAC Alliance lists Fulani, Susu and Mandinka inspiration on their website). There might be a touch too much reggae at times for me but I'm captivated by the overall vibe Nondi K, Pap G and Mista X are repping here. Frank Bessem's great encyclopedia has some more background here.

  

Monday, September 10, 2012

 

Awalom Gebremariam—Desaes






Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
     
Side B
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10 
Track 11

Thanks to my pal Patrick Seabase—celebrated fixed gear bike athlete—for this cassette from Eritrea, which he picked up while filming Asmawa, a documentary about a beautiful and challenging bike trip down there. This is a highly addictive take on Eritrean Tigrinya-language Bahlawi music. Legit modern sounds culled from relatively ancient means. Patrick says he heard this tape over and over again while traveling in Eritrea. I have been playing it on repeat myself and I am thoroughly obsessed.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

 

National Youth Choir of Namibia—Namibian Images & Sound




Friday, August 31, 2012

 

Boubou Tounkara—Tara





Face A
Tara
Douga
Alpha Yaya

Face B
Bajuro
Albala
Bangasako
Na Kadija

In my mind Sahelian music doesn't get much better than this. You're welcome to disagree. But that damn n'goni might knock you over... if the one-two of the tinkly keyboards and Mr. Tounkara's vocalizations don't KO you first.

Monday, August 27, 2012

 

Jean Claude Bamogo—Panaki Panazoe Mix 2





Face A
Ting-Tang *
Ténè
Tinga Nooma
Laalé *

Face B
Mam Nonga Foo
Panaki panazoe *
Sougri
Panaki panazoe

*—Focus tracks

Here is a late period album of intricately rendered dance jams and low-key phone-ins from Burkina Faso's Jean Claude Bamogo (who was in old school awesome band l'Orchestra Super Volta). It is what it is, even legends don't make 100% perfect tapes. The good tracks are really good.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 

Getatchew Mekurya





Side A
Side B 
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10

Definitely don't sleep on brilliant Ethiopian sax man Getatchew Mekurya. He has recently been touring and recording with the Ex and, of course, is featured in the earth shattering Éthiopiques series.

Monday, August 06, 2012

 

General Kollington Ayinla & His African Fuji Eaglets Lakukulala





Side 1
Tiwa Laye Nfe
Olorun Lo Jona Mo'le
Lakukulala
Tiwon Oto, Tolorun Oto

Side 2
Bi General Gborin Tuntun De
Basorun Abiola
Karaye Ma Se Damu Awa
Abere Ajesara
The Late Journalists
Alh. Sulaimon Oyegbemi

I can't get enough Nigerian fuji music these days. Here is a particularly deep one from a king among men. 1991 wishes you a blessed day.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

 

Yedenou Adjahoui et son Groupe Folklorique d'Avarankou R.P. Benin






Face A

Face B

Traditional music from the Béninoise vodoun sound extraordinaire Yedenou Adjahoui.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

 

Gyedu Blay Ambolley and the Steneboofs—Simigwa Soca






Side 1
Simigwa Soca
Abrantsie
Bend Down Low
Ehuruw A Whewhe Beebi Koto

Side 2
Burkina Faso
Atwer
Nsamanfo

Somewhat rare version of this late-era recording by the Ghanaian hiplife originator/highlife innovator Gyedu Blay Ambolley. His 1975 lp Simigwa is a collectors' fave. He is still around playing shows, worth checking out.

RIP to Ghana's President Atta Mills.


Monday, July 09, 2012

 

Lahbib Boutaxi





Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side B
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

This is an awesome tape from Morocco: passionate and virtuosic on a track to track basis. A slight to yodel in the voice when things get intense. Wall to wall nimble hands and fingers. Get in the zone with Lahbib Boutaxi. I recently did and I don't think I've been the same since.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

 

Sandwidi Pierre—Vol. 3




Tuesday, July 03, 2012

 

Archach





Side A 
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side B
Track 4
Track 5

Who wants to hear an Amazigh futurist ensemble actively big-upping Souss region traditional rhythms (i.e. ahwach) while presenting their music in a context of more cosmopolitan practices? I do. These guys have been doing it for decades with much success. They have made many, many records. Bliss out to tracks 1, 3 and 4 right now.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

 

Sawamites Lhmak Hmaki Avec El Miloudia





Side 1

Side 2

Obviously. More magic from Morocco.

Bola on tour in Europe coming up!:

July 27 / Basel CH // City Beach
July 28 / St. Gallen CH // Palace (+ SHANGAAN ELECTRO)
July 29 / Biesenthal DE // Sommerfest
August 1 / Berlin DE // Festsaal Kreuzberg (+ GROUP DOUEH)
August 2 / Berlin DE // Trickster
August 3 / Sejerø DK // Sejerø Festival
August 5 NL / Venlo // Zomerparkfeest
August 8 NO / Oslo // Øya Festival

August 9 SE / Stockholm // Trädgården
August 11 FI / Helsinki // Flow Festival 

Monday, June 25, 2012

 

Seydou Balani—Teguereni





Face A

Face B
Ne Dona Bara Kola
Bara
Mogoya

Hard rockin' balafon (balani in Bambara) and serious talkin' echo-y vocal incantations for this rainy afternoon. Dude is named after his instrument (Seydou Koita aka Seydou Balani), this definitely isn't his first rodeo on this West African xylophone.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

Hadda Ouakki





Side A
Track 1
Track 2

Side B
Track 3
Track 4

Berber singer Hadda Ouakki hails from the Middle Atlas region of Morocco and has a beautifully onomatopoetic name. I enjoy this recording from beginning to end, but the first track is super fun. Thanks to my special lady for scoring this recently in Chefchaouen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 

Ouza et ses Ouzettes—Tawatal



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