Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Mah Damba

Face A
Diadia Kono

Face B
Nadlanka Fala

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...


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

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

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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