Saturday, October 18, 2008


Maurice Maiga and Amore Cultural Group—Mugun Fata

Side A
Mugun Fata *
Karen Dawure

Side B
Ana ce Shashashai *
Hanu New Maka
Ni Da Yariga
Amuni Na

*—don't miss

"Hausa folkloric highlife" from northern Ghana. This cassette—like this and this—was produced and engineered by Blessed Gregory, currently a central figure in this music that weds northern Ghanaian musical sensibilities (references to Islam; extensive use of the dondo or "talking drum") with mainstream highlife and neo-folk gome rhythms (like what you hear on the Allan Family cassettes).

Called simpa music, it's been around for ages and has always simultaneously drawn inspiration from social issues important to Northerners and the popular sounds coming from Ghana's coastal south. Noted ethnomusicologist and all-around incredible person John Collins has written on it a bit.

It was my pal Wills who supplied this tape. When I saw it in his collection I had to borrow/share...

Sunday, October 12, 2008



Side 1
Ibadl Zmane
Itine Al Hame
Track 3

Side 2
Bab Noujmile
Aman Ya Dnine Aya

This tape of music from Morocco appears here thanks to Jon Leland, who says:

There appear to be only 4 track titles but the first side has three tracks. one is shorter though so it might be part of one of the others, i just don't know which one.

There is a road that goes from Marrakech into the Ourika valley at the foothills of the Atlas mountains and ends at the Setti Fatma waterfalls, a small tourist attraction. There are small homes, cafes, and hotels alongside the road the whole way up, and at some point I stopped at a cafe which was next to a booth filled with tapes and cds. I tried to ask the vendor for a suggestion but there was just too much and he didn't play anything that really caught my ear. Then while I was eating and watching women who lived in the valley washing carpets in the river down from the road, this tape came blasting out of the booth. Drenched in reverb and delay and accompanying the view of clouds moving across the mountains in front of me, it was a magical sound, so I bought the tape. Later I listened to it over and over driving through the Sahara with no A/C.

Oudaden is the plural of oudad, which I think is the animal depicted on the covers of almost all of their tapes. The arabic on the cover just says Oudaden so I guess this tape has no title.

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his Miliki Sound

Side 1
Alowo Majaiye
Aiye Laba Ohun Gbogbo
Gba Mi Lowo Ota
Ma Di Oni Kanra
Ile Baba MI

Side 2
Pepeiye Bimo
Maje Nyo Aiye Wa
Baiye Nsata

Life is so not chill for me right now but I'm going to listen to this and pretend like it is. Nigerian juju soup for the soul.

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