Wednesday, July 11, 2007

 

Simon's Slow Music from Africa mixtape

My friend Simon has a pretty impressive collection of vinyl from Africa, well, actually from all over. But he seems to be growing his African selection a lot lately. He sent me this mixtape the other day and I wanted to share it with you people. Dude is on his way to Guinea to make a film about children and music drawing peace pictures. If this very concept strikes your fancy, as it does mine, you should write to Simon and tell him "good luck/you're mad" at drawingpeace at gmail dot com.

Download this mix of obscure West African music here.

Above is a photo of the records on the mixtape, which Simon provided in the interest of "blog continuity." What a chill guy that Simon is...

Tracklist:

Paulson Kalu - Dick Tiger A Naa (Nigeria)
Rex Lawson - Osuala Oru Enene (Nigeria)
Yamoah's Band - Saman Me (Ghana)
African Brothers Dance Band - Mmobrowa (Ghana)
Black Dragons - Emalon Ni Hokowo (Benin)
Sorry Bamba - M'makono 'Attends-Moi' (Mali)
Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée - J.R.D.A. (Guinea)
Star Number One - Waalo (Senegal)
Number One du Senegal - Mory (Senegal)
Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako - Koro Koni (Mali)
Camayenne Sofa - Wayalangaï (Guinea)
F. Kenya - Ewule Adoma Kuma (Ghana)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Nous Avons Gagne (Benin)
Achille Johnny - Mede Woui (Benin)
Demba Camara et son Groupe - Exhumation Folklorique (Guinea)

Comments:
Sincerest thanks thursdayborn and simon for the slow music mix tape. What a fabulous comp, the love and care that went into it is highly appreciated.

Thank you to you both for making Awesome Africa one of the most valuable stops in the sharity blogosphere for music fans of all stripes.

Regards
 
Awesome indeed. Thank you.
 
Absolutely love this blog!
 
get more stuff online! this is THE GREATEST BLOG EVER!

well, next to Rush Limbaugh's.
 
Hello!
Came across this blog while researching music and pop culture in Ghana. It's fantastic! Would you mind if I contacted you directly to ask you a couple of questions for a project I'm working on?
 
sure thing, mildred. brianshimkovitz [at] yahoo [dot] com.
 
Superb stuff, any chance of adding timings to the track listing, or roughly halfway through?

Mainly what is track 52' ?
 
What a wonderful music. Just what I was searching for and didn't know. Was the soundtrack for my birthday.

Thanks for the blog and Simon for the mix.
 
A superb mix from a superb site....)
 
thanks everyone
 
Waoo !

beautiful selection !! soulful and sensitive ! enlights my first winter's sunday afternoon...

bless
 
Hello,

Superior blog, superb music: it's as simple as that!

Just would like to mention a minor detail: the track listed as "black dragons - emalon ni hokowo" is actually by "Nestor Hountondji accompagné par les Volcans de Porto Novo". 'Black dragons' is the name of the label that issued this 45 as BD 0002.
Though I'd mention it in case some folks who dig this mix (everyone, right?) would like to search for its tracks.

Keep up the truly excellent work,
and have a nice one!
 
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Just as a friendly gesture (it's Xmas after all) here's my version of the track timings for the West African mix-tape, give or take a couple of seconds here and there. Hope it's of use to some of you. All the best.

Paulson Kalu – Dick Tiger A Naa (Nigeria) 3:55
Rex Lawson – Osuala Oru Enene (Nigeria) 2:55
Yamoah’s Band – Saman Me (Ghana) 4:27
African Brothers Dance Band – Mmobrowa (Ghana) 3:05
Nestor Houtondji – Emalon Ni Hokowo (Benin) 4:32
Sorry Bamba – M'makono ‘Attends-Moi’ (Mali) 5:15
Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée – J.R.D.A. (Guinea) 3:30
Star Number One – Waalo (Senegal) 5:46
Number One du Senegal – Mory (Senegal) 7:50
Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako – Koro Koni (Mali) 6:35
Camayenne Sofa – Wayalangaï (Guinea) 4:05
F. Kenya – Ewule Adoma Kuma (Ghana) 4:50
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Nous Avons Gagne (Benin) 4:55
Achille Johnny – Mede Woui (Benin) 5:56
Demba Camara et son Groupe – Exhumation Folklorique (Guinea) 7:15
 
I don't have much to add to the (much-deserved) accolades already given to this fantastic mixtape, I just wanted to add a list I thought some might find helpful (in the spirit of the Xmas poster). Since all the tracks are offered as one continuous mp3, I worked out the time at which each track ends. This is roughly the time that the next one starts, of course, although the crossfading means the numbers are a bit fudged on either side (especially the last two tracks, which have an exceptionally long period of crossfading).

Hope someone finds this helpful!

1. Paulson Kalu - Dick Tiger A Naa (Nigeria) 3:53
2. Rex Lawson - Osuala Oru Enene (Nigeria) 6:50
3. Yamoah's Band - Saman Me (Ghana) 11:16
4. African Brothers Dance Band - Mmobrowa (Ghana) 14:20
5. Nestor Hountondji [accompagné par les Volcans de Porto Novo] - Emalon Ni Hokowo (Benin) 18:48
6. Sorry Bamba - M'makono 'Attends-Moi' (Mali) 24:06
7. Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée - J.R.D.A. (Guinea) 27:34
8. Star Number One - Waalo (Senegal) 33:22
9. Number One du Senegal - Mory (Senegal) 41:10
10. Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako - Koro Koni (Mali) 47:43
11. Camayenne Sofa - Wayalangaï (Guinea) 51:50
12. F. Kenya - Ewule Adoma Kuma (Ghana) 56:38
13. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Nous Avons Gagne (Benin) 1:01:33
14. Achille Johnny - Mede Woui (Benin) 1:07:33
15. Demba Camara et son Groupe - Exhumation Folklorique (Guinea) 1:14:55

(p.s. - If you're putting this on your iPod, I have one further suggestion. If you cut and paste this list into the "lyrics" section under the "get info" menu for this track, you can look up the track list and beginning/end times by clicking the center button until it comes up. Maybe this is obvious to the more tech savvy among you, but that's the first use I've ever discovered for the lyrics function on iTunes!)
 
thanks so much for this just what i was looking for - do you have any sierra leonean music, cant seem to find any??
 
Hi this site is incredible...thank you...!!!!!
I LOVE the cover scans...!

The link for "Simon's Slow Music from Africa mixtape" seems to be broken...can you repost? I'm not getting anything from zshare...

thanks
Chris
 
simon re-loaded the mix with a new link, you may now download.

thanks for letting me know!
 
this blog leaves me astounded. absolutely blown away. thank you so much for sharing.
 
This mixtape is so good, so relax and profound at the same time. I found myself listening to it very often.

WE WANT A VOL.2 !!!!!!!!!
 
Great mix! Thank you!
 
can't stop listening to this. thank you so much for sharing.
 
In stead of the jumping, funky grooving soundz, there`s also this part of African music, mellow, teasrjearking and evenmore heartbeating. I recommend to listen also to Royal Band "N`Dongo Dara" & Canari de Kaolack "Sutu Kun" , both from Senegal, and available on cd on the DakarSound label, superb slow music
 
word
african music is pure sweetness

thanx for this mixtape
'been a fan of this blog for a few months now

especially the Ethiopian music has stolen my heart

i'm a fan of the african rap as wel

keep it posting!

greetz from Belgium

HIPHOP!
 
Happy new year.
nice link. I like it so much. this link is very useful to every body. very nice posting

Bathmate
 
Thank you so much for this. Still repping in 2010.

Bless
 
fantastic. thanks for introducing me to these amazing artists. also really good to get the country of origin in the file name, thanks for that also!
 
Thanks for this amazing mix tape, nice of you to share.
 
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