Sunday, August 31, 2008


J.A. Adofo & City Boys—Adeasa

Side A
Enfa Odo Ndi Agoro
Ahoofe Di Wo Ko

Side B
Eka Pae Abusua
Ahenepa Enkasa
Bre Pe Wo De

More J.A. Adofo. The music on this tape sounds nothing like whatever they are doing on the cover, i.e. not much actual guitar- and percussion-playing. Instead we have synth-y sounds galore.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Yacouba Kante—Le Messenger Du Manding

Side A
Mamou Cissi
Beye Ekoumankey

Side B
Djandjo (Manding N'Domba)
Djedeta Mangni
Salimana Diaby

The marriage of electronic sounds and the griot tradition. Le Messenger Du Manding aka Yacouba Kante, a griot from Guinea, has made my morning.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Bill Diakhou—Tani

Face A

Face B
Take It Easy

Senegalese hip-hop BANGERS. Well, at least tracks 1, 2 and 6. Anyone who raps that hardcore over a kora and an 808 gets high marks in my book (see track 5). I appreciate the English-language hook on track 2, sung by someone with a lump in their throat or a taste for Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons). And track 7 is just plain smoove.

For more music from the youth of Dakar, check out the excellent compilations from Nomadic Wax. If you are obsessed with Africa's oldest and most internationally-established rap movement and/or are a teenager from Senegal, check out the underground universe of Senegalese rap blogs on Skyrock (French Myspace). Social networking works.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Obuoba J.A. Adofo & City Boys International—Medo Wiase

Side 1
Medo Wiase

Side 2
Odomo Ayikoo
Onyunu Adwo

J.A. Adofo's City Boys was one of Ghana's great late-period highlife bands. This is a tape from the 80s (I think). Much of the music you hear around town—riding public transit (these over-stuffed trucks and vans called trotros), blasting from radios in shops—sounds like this. Perhaps an acquired taste. I like how J.A. Adofo (aka "The Black Chinese of Ghana") and his band draw from non-Ghanaian influences like reggae and soul. Stretching the boundaries of highlife during 80s helped set the stage for the hiplife explosion of the mid-90s. Thank you City Boys.

This band was so impossibly prolific, I could post a different City Boys tape each week for the next six months and we'd probably still be able to dig up a few more.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Pacotille—Taxi Bu Rouss

Face A
Taxi Bu Rouss
Guent Gui
Tidjane Hann

Face B
Niani Baniatul
Dine ak Diamono

Rap from Senegal. Admittedly not the most amazing example but it feels somewhat representative of this vast and important scene in African hip-hop (which I have all but ignored until now. My bad).

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