Saturday, November 20, 2010


Professor Jay—J.O.S.E.P.H.

Face A
Vuta Raha
Border Kwa Border
Heka Heka Za Star

Face B
Wapi Nimekosea
Hakuna Noma

I've really been feeling rap from Tanzania lately.

BTW: New mix and probably the best interview questions I've been asked at Red Bull Academy Radio

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Juma Nature—Nini Chanzo?

Side A

Wimbi La Njaa (2001 Remix)
Jinsi Kijana

Side B
Nini Chanzo
Juu Kwa Juu
Hili Game
Jinsi Kijana (Remix)
Haya we
Wimbi La Njaa (2000 Remix)

Harry from Manchester sent me a package of tapes from Dar-Es-Salaam recently with a note saying he hoped they reached me. Dear Harry: they reached me, and all three Tanzanian rap cassettes are pretty chill. THANKS.

So here's some Tanzanian bongo flava from the early aughties, the debut recording from Juma Nature. If you're into African rap, this is a pretty epic tape. Why do I love old school rap from Africa so much? Things have developed across the continent such that these tapes make me feel like I'm listening to Masta Ace or Rakim, kinda out-dated-sounding but so undeniably groundbreaking and jammin.

Awesome Tapes from Africa takes to the streets again soon:

25.11. NL Utrecht Le Guess Who Festival
26.11. NL Eindhoven STRP Festival
27.11. NL Amsterdam Rebel Up! Soundclash at Occii
30.11. DE Berlin Marie Antoinette (w/ MUNCH MUNCH)
02.12. DE Hamburg Golden Pudel Club (w/ BONGO DISCO)
03.12. UK Bristol Inbetween Time Festival (w/ MAHJONGG)
04.12. UK London Old Blue Last
05.12. UK Minehead All Tomorrow's Parties
07.12. FI Tampere Telakka
08.12. FI Helsinki Club YK
09.12. FI Turku Bar Kuka
10.12. DK Copenhagen Global
11.12. DK Copenhagen Global

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Alem Kebede


Side A
Ateremamesew (He Created Turmoil)
Yefeker Amelu (The Behaviour of Love)
Tew Lebe Tesebseb (Concentrate My Heart)
Godanaw (Highway)

Side B
Belew Belew (Advance, Advance)
Geletsenete (My Frankness)
Endekentay yelem (Time Brought You Down)
Zemedye (My Relative)
Musheraye (My Groom)

My friend Jarboe brought this tape back from LA for me and it's seriously blowing my mind. I don't even know what to say, ummm.... the tape encapsulates all that's holy about good music and its bewitching ability to make you dance like a maniac.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set for The Proconsul Editions' pre-NY Art Book Fair shindig this Thursday, Nov 4, 9pm at Veronica Peoples Club in Greenpoint. Amy von Harrington (aka the best person ever) will also be playing records.

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