Thursday, May 20, 2010


I was trying to post some music this week but it got all fucked up

So in the meantime I wanted to let you know about some Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ sets coming up:

June 3 Lyon at Obamo Café

June 4 Marseille at Le Polikarpov

June 5 Paris at Villette Sonique (@Parc de la Villette w/ Oneida, Secret Chiefs 3, Ganglians and Blues Control)

June 9 Berlin at Bar25

June 10 Cologne at A-Musik "Spätkauf"

June 11 Düsseldorf at Salon des Amateurs

Come say hello if you're nearby.

Saturday, May 08, 2010


Baba Salah—Borey

Face 1
Mo Futu
Tugu Tugu

Face 2
Afriki Mussow
Ne M'Envoulez Pas
Fleuve Niger

If you hadn't been familiar with Baba Salah until now, today might be your lucky day.

Some Songhai friends I made around Timbuktu, Mali introduced me to Baba Salah's music. As I traveled the region between that town and Salah's hometown Gao, I heard a lot more on the radio. I had also seen him play a show: Salah's was one of the only interesting main stage performances at Festival au Desert that year, apart from Khaira Arby's (which pretty much changed my life). But I hadn't run into a Salah cassette until very recently, when Chris from Sahel Sounds dropped by Brooklyn for a visit, generously showering me in tapes from the desert's edge.

This is essentially really excellent pop music. Have a listen.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set as part of the always jammin Cool Places party @ Zebulon in Williamsburg on Saturday, May 15 (late-ish).

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