Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Penny Penny—Shaka Bundu

Side 1
Ndzihere Bhi
Dance Khomela

Side 2
Shaka Bundu
Milandu Bhe
Shichangani (Remix)

Penny Penny hails from 1994 South Africa. The tape contains simple yet deep synth-pop anthems that couldn't give a fuck if you thought they sounded corny at first. It's that kind of tape. And this music, a more pop-leaning side of Tsonga (or Shangaan) Disco, feels as if Fast Eddie hijacked the regional neo-traditional sounds. WBMX by way of Transvaal.

The world we live in now is an awesome one. For evidence look at this blog devoted entirely to Tsonga Disco. Follow the link for useful infos on artists like Penny Penny, who was fortunate enough to be born into a family of 68 children and 17 wives.

(Thanks to Wills and Tshepang for this cassette.)

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Thione Ballago Seck & le Raam Daan—Allo Petit

Face A
Allo Petit
Manemi Gnoul

Face B
Jaam La Paix
The La Force

Senegalese mbalax singer Thione Seck is really good. This 2001 recording is a perfect example, his unmistakable fluttery voice carried by relentless sabar drumming and interesting melodies. A lot of mbalax feels repetitive/dull to me but I am not mad at this album.

FYI: Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set at this party at Rose Live Music in Williamsburg on Saturday, April 24.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Hamid Al Mou

Side 1

Side 2

Yowzers this is just what I needed right about now. Rhythmic magic, how these guys swing so deep in the pocket and so in concert with the brilliant singing. Pay particular attention to the female chorus. Holy shit.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set at wicked free party Treehouse this Thursday, April 15 at Little Field in Brooklyn with Raspberry Jones and Treeboy.

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