Tuesday, July 24, 2007

 

Mah Damba

Face A
Pory
Sosoly
Diadia Kono

Face B
Danama
Nadlanka Fala
Nantan

I just like this one a lot. Mah Damba is a pretty well known singer from Mali, but the real exciting thing here for me is the highly virtousic n'goni playing throughout. The n'goni is known by a number of names in West Africa, depending on the location and/or ethnicity of the person playing it.

There is this guy in Ghana named King Ayisoba whose skills on the koloko (as the instrument is known in Northern Ghana, a Frafra name), creative flexibility and moral character I will emphatically swear by.

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)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

 


Please Help Me Name Identify This Tape
Sayed Makawi Album Title??

Side 1
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side 2
Track 4*
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7

*holy shit

Um. This tape is sick. Some serious drum machine-fueled jams on the second side. The first side is unremarkable, it's only here for the completists.

I wish I could read Arabic. Can anyone please tell me the name of this artist and perhaps even the album and song titles?

Note: Props to Haab, the person who gave me the tape. He helped us identify dude. How do you like that?

Saturday, July 07, 2007

 

Atsiavi Jena Group Blewusi Mele

A
Blewusi Mele
Xle Fu Nam
Amedahe Meka Hatse
Fia Made Ava Kpo Wodo Fe Nam

B
Nyela Tsyoevi Menye
Ameyibo Nye Name
Xegbee Xela Dona
Tro Deka Mewo

Some of my best friends in Ghana are from Atsiavi in Volta Region. I never went there for a visit for I thought I heard enough about it. Atsiavi is a place both whispered and hollered about by my friends who call it their hometown. There was always something mysterious about the palce to me for some reason. Then I found this tape in a lorry park near the center of Accra. It's apparently culture music from my friends' village, perhaps shedding light on the place itself, I thought at first. But don't let this lead you to assume the musical interests of Atsiavians lie solely within the bounds of calabash shakers, two-tone bells and a handful of drums. Make no mistake—the Atsiavi guys I know are obsessed with Buju Banton and R. Kelly.

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