Saturday, December 29, 2007


Tiken Jah Fakoly—Françafrique

Face A
Missiri (featuring U-Roy)
Balayeur Balaye
On A Tout Compris (featuring Anthony B)

Face B
Houphouet Reveillies-toi
A Wouli
Y'en A Marre

Best African reggae right now. (RIP, Lucky Dube.)

Purchase this album for real. The CD has a slightly different tracklisting.

The New York Times recently reported the Mali-based, Ivory Coast-born musician-agitator was barred from entering Senegal after talking shit about its president. Nice.

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Kumasi Bantama Christ Revival Singers—Wo Pe Nye Ho

Side One
Wo Pe Nye Ho
Meka Masem Akyere No
Su Gu Meso
Me Nyame Kae Me
Bisa Me Ho
Hye Den Na Mensuro

Side Two
Mewo Anidaso
Wone Nyame Nam Mensuro
Na Aden Ni Komm Yi, San Behwe Wo Mma
Agya Bedi Manim

This one's for the holiday coming up. Xmas in Hawaii, by way of Kumasi, Ghana. Bantama is the neighborhood in Kumasi where I saw a street performer eat glass and make a newspaper filled with wine disappear. That was kind of spiritual. Hawaiian guitar here kills it. Womb-y bass and angelic chorus make for an all around soothing holiday gait. Just imagine that crackliness is coming from the fireplace not the old vinyl from which this tape was sourced.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Dr. Orlando Owoh & His Omimah Band

Side One
Ero Ki Yeye Mi
Omiye Lala
Osupa Roro

Side Two
Iyawo Olele
Omo Ni Ye
Mo Baju Wo Oju Orun/Irawo Mi Ko Ni Ku

Orlando Owoh is a pretty big deal. Nigerian highlife is a pretty big deal. This tape enjoys that floaty highlife levitation thing but stays grounded with its ill battery of talking drums, etc. Juju refugees gone wild. Wayward highlife guitar meanderings jut out in the mix. It's all good. Watch out for calculated drum breaks toward the end of "Omiye Lala" and "Iyawo Olele."

This music on this tape was originally released in 1975, according to the meticulous Toshiya Endo.

Sunday, December 02, 2007


Amagnon Koumagnon—Musique Traditionnelle Du Benin

Face A
Aya Obakiwe Lodo

Face B

Sublime polyrhythms and snappy vernacular for the year's first snowy Sunday.

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