Thursday, March 31, 2011
Kiné Lam Sunu—Thiossane 2
Whoa, thanks to Christian for this idyllic journey into the complexity of mbalax. It can be a bit off-putting to some listeners. But spend a little time with recordings like this and you'll see why mbalax causes intensely thoughtful disturbances across Dakar and the rest of Senegal. The forceful rhythmic precision, the effusive vocal outbursts and the brilliant lilt of it all reveal layers of meaning amidst the seeming-chaos. I for one am looking forward to unearthing further swagged out moments on this tape. There appear to be many.
Come party with us this Sunday at Tandem in Bushwick, Lovers Rock style. Big Gold Belt LIVE, Awesome Tapes From Africa + Mi Ami DJS, 9pm-??, 236 Troutman Street. There's a smoke machine.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Hadja Soumano—Nteri Diaba
Djelimady Tounkara plays guitar on this tape, he is one the best ever. 1989 Mali sounds good to me right now.
Awesome Tapes from Africa at SXSW:
Thursday, March 17
All Music Is World Music (presented by PRI's The World and KUT Austin)
618 W 6th St
Friday, March 18
1101 E. 5th St
American Apparel SXSW Flea Market
SXSW Convention Center, First Floor
500 E. Cesar Chavez St
Saturday, March 19
End of an Ear
2209 South First Street
True Panther Sounds and Friends
1016 East 6th Street