Sunday, October 17, 2010

 

National Badema Du Mali—Nama






Side A
Nama

Side B
Fongana Kuma
Namory

Here is a great tape complete with bonus mystery feedback-y noise that briefly descends on the mix halfway through the first song. It's not supposed to be there but it sounds scary and awesome.

Awesome Tapes from Africa late night dance party vibes this Wednesday, October 22 at Glasslands in Williamsburg as part of FreeWilliamsburg.com's CMJ happening (aka lots of new and interesting bands we haven't heard yet will be playing...click to rsvp).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

 

Aster Aweke






Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

Side B
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8

Oh man. Good luck not falling in love. Shame the cassette is distorted a bit but I could never stay mad at this tape.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

 

Nama Jack—Avou Saaba






Side A

Side B

10/10/10 is a special day, therefore here's something a little left-field. This tape from Burkina Faso requires a leap of faith for me since it's the kind of pop music I'd rather be hearing blasting out a car radio or in a Ouagadougou bar. To me, many of these synth-based regional pop styles sound way bubblegum when heard for the first time in a placid Brooklyn bedroom.

I am still figuring out what I think about this distinct and cosmopolitan synth-guided pop manifesto. (The song "Throu" is as compelling as four versions of "Avou Saaba" is superfluous.) But I'm obsessed with all things Burkinabe so for 10/10/10's sake let's see if Nama Jacky's on some next shit and we're still catching up. Thanks Jonathan.

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