Monday, August 30, 2010


Ernesto Djédjé—Le Roi du Ziglibithy

Side A

Side B
Zadie Bobo

I'd managed to live life blissfully ignorant of Ernesto Djédjé up until very recently. A trailblazer who combined indigenous Ivorian music with mainstream sounds (Congolese rumba aka soukous, which had been sweeping the continent), Djédjé blew peoples' minds with this 1977 joint. Ziglibithy was his brainchild, a new musical style. I really like this. Thanks to Seth.

(There are other versions of this available around the web but this tape includes 4 extra songs not found on the original LP. Purchase a good quality digital version here)

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ sets on Tuesday, September 7 at FADER Bowl aka free show at Brooklyn Bowl starring the band Happy Birthday, 8pm-12am.

I will be in the UK in December, let me know if there's somewhere I should definitely bring my tapes.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Woubeshet Feseha—1976

Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

Side B
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8

Um, it's been said over and over already: Addis Ababa must've been one damn swinging place in the `70s. To me this feels like end of summer late night deep thoughts make out music. Haunting and soothing, alternately.

Big ups to the nice lady in Copenhagen who gifted this tape to me at a gathering in a rainstorm.

PS: my favorite tape cover so far?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Jagwa Music—Vol. 4 Liwalo Na Liwe

Face 1
Liwalo Na Liwe

Face 2
Oscar Mkoba
Mpangaji Mungu

Tanzanian lo-fi freak out jams for the head and body from a Dar es Salaam-based outfit called Jagwa Music. Traditional dance drumming with cheap synths and desperate last-night-on-earth vocals. Bonus bizarre key changes and K Records-esque delightful sloppiness. In its own way, this whole tape feels punk to me. Wills called this to our attention and for that we're grateful.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ sets in Scandinavia very soon:

August 12 Copenhagen/Osloo

August 13 Helsinki/Flow Festival

August 14 Stockholm/Riche

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