Friday, December 25, 2009


Ragheb Alame—Albi Eshekha

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Seasons greetings from all of us at Awesome Tapes from Africa.

This tape, some forthcoming tapes and this recent Jil Jilala post were kindly provided by Tom, who found them in Morocco. Ragheb Alame is a giant star from Lebanon, which is not in Africa. I'm feeling festive.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Tigrean People's Liberation Front—Tigray 90, Tigrean Revolutionary Songs no 27

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Side B

This rare cassette from Tigray, Eritrea, which is part of a long series from the Tigrean People's Liberation Front, was "found in Muna's grandma's closet." I received it from Palm Wine, Italy, who asked that I note it's origin. Although the sound quality is not great—even by this site's meager standards—the tape is musically and historically fascinating so I thought I'd share.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Jil Jilala

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Side 2

Moroccan guys in the 70s who wanted to big up traditional music in a mainstream kind of way. Much of the music on this tape is gnawa in spirit, which really just means it's sublime, occasionally trance-inducing magic. The shadowy drum machine is killing me and therefore makes Jil Jilala's effort pretty major in my book.

Monday, December 07, 2009


Alhaji Yaya Zakori—Fushien Kububua

Side 1
Fushien Kububua
Munfisu Sani
Ranan Fita Watan Million
Dunia Baiwa Nasa Ala Na Ba Kowa
Gyiwa Tafi Gabantaroko

Side 2
Dadin Dunia
Shege Nde Bagori
Bamei Yi She Alla
Komei Nade Iyaka
Satura Ne
Bakaina Faruba

So this is part-whatever in my ongoing obsession with music from northern Ghana. After a long while of admiring this tape I only just (like a few moments ago) realized this guy is probably the same as this gentlemen of an earlier post, with a slightly tweaked spelling. Do you see a resemblance? Looks kinda like the same guy, only on this cover he is wearing a hounds tooth shirt (instead of the cool jacket) with a tape cover design spiked with Islam green. Whatever the case, this to me sounds like nothing short of a thump-y beat trance manifesto in lo-fi.

Cool Places Sound System meets Awesome Tapes from Africa inna Zebulon style this Friday, December 11. Special guest DJ to boot.

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