Tuesday, June 30, 2009

 

Bonga—Kandandu






Side A
Sambila
Um Kandandu Amigo
Kamusekele
Malalanza
Saudades Terras Enclave

Side B
Mambia
Midjeris Di Pano Preto
Nguzo
Iokangue

Here's something different for me. It's from Angola (by way of a semi-mysterious package from Switzerland I received a while back). Softer, fado-oriented jams. Portuguese.

I will be playing Awesome Tapes from Africa as guest of my good friends MI AMI in San Francisco on Thursday, stop by if you're in town.

7/2/09
Knockout SF
9:45 / $5

AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA from NYC DJ SET!

MI AMI live

DOUBLE DAGGER live (Baltimore - Thrill Jockey)

PSYCHIC REALITY live

BEAST OF THOUGHT live

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

Oum Koulsoum—Rak El Habib







Side 1

Side 2




Oum Koulsoum

Side 1

Side 2

If you aren't familiar with the magic that is Oum Koulsoum (or Umm Kolthoum or whatever; there are a million ways of spelling her name in the Roman alphabet so take a deep breath before googling) consider this your formal introduction. She is bigger in Egypt than Prince and R Kelly are in the States (combined).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 

Bill Diakhou—Nation






Side A
Intro
Hôpital*
Mère Mbaye
Audience Baykät

Side B
Dabakh
Baye Aiou Mat Baye*
Yarou
Gaïndé

*—GREAT

I found this tape inside the case of another and since I love a different Bill Diakhou joint from a while back I thought I'd grab this. The cassette cover above is the best I could find on the web, it will have to do. There are approximately two really good songs on this tape, and I think they are GREAT. Senegalese rap from 2002.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

 

African Stars (Twanga Pepeta)—Chuki Binafsi






Face A
Chuki Binafsi (Ally Chocky)
Busu La Kufunga Mwaka (Ally Chocky)
Wa Mbili Havai Moja (Victor Mkambi)

Face B
Jaribu Kufikiri (Hadjia Mnoga)
La Mgambo (Rogatte Hega)
Amani Africa (Bob Guard William)
Wanga Pepeta Show (African Stars)

Jovial-sounding music from Tanzania with a summertime vibe. It feels appropriate today. Buy this album here.

PS: I came across a post of incredible early Fela recordings at the Voice of America's African music blog the other day.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

 

The Best of Alhaji K. Frimpong—Rikia






Side A
Rikia
Kyenkyen
Ewurade

Side B
Adam
Owuo Kyiri Obiaa*
Asaasi Yiso

*—So good

I could not get into this highlife cassette from Ghana for the longest time. But I recently tried again and got hooked on the 5th song. I am feeling much of the rest of the tape right now too. Having showered tons of attention on a different, far superior K. Frimpong tape, I won't let this fiesta of drum programming and quality vocals suffer in the shadows any longer.

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