Saturday, February 23, 2008


Ebenezer Obey—The Horse The Man And His Son?

Side One
Ko Sogbon To Le Da
Baba Oni Ketekete
Ile Aiye Fun Igba Die Ni

Side Two
Eni Ri Nkan He
Agba Ilu Mo Juba
Eso Pele
Ere Ni Tiwa
Tani Ngo Ro Temi Fun
Igba Nba Jo

Ebenezer Obey is one the masters of Nigerian juju music. He made so many records. I just happen to have this one on cassette, and it just kills. If I don't get lost in the Yoruba language vocals, the secret discourse between guitar and drums makes me dance. You know: that really mellow kind of dance that rich people did at socialites' parties in 1970s Lagos? Yeah, you know the one.

Friday, February 15, 2008


Awesome Tapes from Africa in the FADER

Look out for the new Africa issue of best music/arts/fashion magazine ever the FADER, which you can download and read for free. So many great stories in there including, a piece on hiplife in Ghana and an article by Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Amharic speakers help us out...?

Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

Side B
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5

This is a guest post from a guy named Scott Kiehl:

Ethiopian Amharic speakers help us out. Please. Who is this? I've no
idea, but it's definitely some kicking funk inna Ethio style, most
likely from the 70s (is that the Ethiopian calendar, where it's the year is now 2000, or "ours"?) and probably a compilation from some old vinyl
45s. Fans of the Ethiopiques series will surely enjoy.

One of the many highlights in a recent trip to Ethiopia was cassette shopping—especially from the guys selling them from street stalls, where they'd
give you the chance to "test" them. 13 Months of Sunshine indeed!
Plenty more where this came from. Thanks to thursdayborn for the guest

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