Saturday, September 29, 2007


Souley Kanté—Bi Magni

Side A
Bi Magni

Side B
Suw Teni Be

These are jams by which to live. Especially tracks 1, 4, and 5.

PS—While you're checking these songs out go ahead and buy yourself that Souley Kanté ringtone you've always wanted, now only 250 CFA francs. So what if these interpretations don't sound exactly like the original? You will surely receive due props from those in the know.

Monday, September 24, 2007


Look out for the new issue of Tokion Magazine

There's an article about awesome tapes from africa in there:

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Who is this? What's this record called?

Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side B
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

Arabic-reading friends, can you help us identify this tape? Thanks again to Haab for these sick cassettes from Egypt. (see also: here and here)

Lovers of circus-y melodic maneuvers go directly to Track 6. My girlfriend asked if I was listening to Arabian Fiddler on the Roof. Sounds like fancy party music to me. The dueling male and female vocal choruses on Track 2 are worth checking out, as is the general virtuosity of the instrumental accompaniment throughout.

Monday, September 17, 2007


Kante Manfila—Diniya

Side 1

Side 2
Moh Kan
Coh Coco
Jere Lon

Been wanting to post this for ages. I love these often epic masterpieces of Mandinka electric funk. It reminds of Steve Coleman records from the eighties (in a good way). Although Manfila is slightly less well known than some of his peers (Mory Kante, Salif Keita, etc), a couple of these songs are surely classics to someone somewhere. Dude can fucking sing.

I feel like most late-night bus rides through the Malian bush (for me at least) have notably featured tapes like this blasting through the less-than-roadworthy vehicle's tinny speakers. When the bus breaks down for the third time in as many hours in the middle of nowhere, you may still get to enjoy the jams if the driver's mate has a ghettoblaster.

Saturday, September 08, 2007


Alhassan Ibrahim (Zilindoo Lunsi-Naa)—Naa Mahama-Kpema

Side A

Zuu Mahamu Akonsi
Tugulana Iddi
Kari-Naa Bukari
Naa Mahama-Kpema
Bukari Kantanparim

Side B

Kari-Naa Alhassan
Oun Be-Nkpang
Naa Mahama-Bia
Naa Omariga
Naa Yakubu

This is praise music from Northern Ghana. Alhassan Ibrahim is apparently a hereditary master drummer-historian, something of a griot among the Dagomba. Each track is a song dedicated to various local bigwigs, many of whom are chiefs (as evidenced by the prefix naa in their names).

Be sure to check the second side. This is repetitive-sounding music but side b has some pretty riotous moments.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


An Ata Kak music video for freaks, by freaks

Clearly based on one of the most bizarre (and best) awesome tapes from africa, the now (in)famous Ata Kak cassette, this video is completely fucked. I never post youtube links, but this one is just too much for me.

Oh, and this too:

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