Thursday, March 31, 2011


Kiné Lam Sunu—Thiossane 2

Face A
Mame Thierno
Kor Leer

Face B
Sourang MBeri
Wakh Baakhoul
Souma Sagnone

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

Piste A
Nteri Diaba
Boureima Sylla

Piste B
Mandin Kono

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
Fader Fort
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
Shangri La
1016 East 6th Street

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