Friday, October 21, 2011


Zig Zag Crew—Bongo Msoto

Side 1
Bongo Msoto
Wazo Jipya feat. F.S.G.
Zig Zag
Watu Bwana RMX feat. Sir Nature

Side 2
Watu Bwana
Bongo Msoto Instrumental

Ill early aughties Tanzanian hip-hop (aka bongo flava). If you like '93 rap you will appreciate these guys' aggressive Kiswahili cadence over Dar-meets-BK kicks.

Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ set Saturday (tomorrow) at the New Museum with tons of bands and djs including Atlas Sound, Light Asylum, Weird Magic, Todd Pendu, et al.

Also, Nâ Hawa Doumbia's La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3, the first release on ATFA the label, is out now on LP/CD/MP3 and limited edition cassette (see link at left).

Wednesday, October 12, 2011



Side A
Thshoked Thodath Ino
Wakha Nzwa Yaman
Ossana Diziran

Side B
Yoshishem Babam

Guest post from a friend along the interwebs, he says: "Ithran is an Amazigh (or Berber) word that means stars. The group was created in 1984 in Morocco. Despite inadequate resources, the group managed to break through to become the spokesman of the song of Rif ( North of Morocco). The first album of Ithran recorded in 1986 was a huge success with 600,000 sales. This success has strengthened the confidence of the group and gave them the courage to continue. With over 20 CDs and cassettes interpreted and written either by group or by members in solo, the group remains a star in the Amazigh music that continues to shine high in the sky."

Tonight in DC: The Whale featuring DJ Harvey, Beautiful Swimmers and ATFA at U Street Music Hall, 9pm sharppp. FREE.

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