Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Jess Sah Bi & Peter One—Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

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Face B
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers
African Chant

Buy this shit on iTunes/Amazon because it's amazing that cats are making straight up country music in Cote D'Ivoire. My man Marco Werman came across these guys back in the 80s, but I have not heard anything else about them.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni and her Waka Moderniser—India Waka

Side 1
Mo Ti Goke
Thank You
India Waka
Mo De Inu Ile Ola
Ayinla Lo Ni Fuji Abeni Loni Waka
Abeni De Olo Un Orin

Side 2
Eru Mba Mi
Chief Popoola Olaofe
Mo Jawe Oriji
Kiniun Ti De Oko
Abeni Ti De Lady Waka Queen
Orin Wa Dun Un Jo

On this Thanksgiving 2011 we give thanks for the female practitioners of Nigerian fuji music. We at ATFA wish you a happy holiday and offer this 1984 recording as the extra gravy for your turkey/tofurkey.

For more info on Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni's catalog check here.

Extra credit can't hurt.

Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets coming up in early December:

02.12. DE Berlin / Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Ghana Hiplife @ Worldtronics)
03.12. CH Genève / Festival Face G
07.12. IT Perugia / Loop Café
08.12. IT Roma / Vangelo @ Animal Social Club
09.12. IT Pescara / Maze

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Bereket Mengistab—Vol. 13

Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

Side B
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8

Eritrean music! This 1999 recording from legendary singer and krar ninja Bereket Mengisteab (spelled "Mengistab" on the tape) coalesces much of what I love about music from this region of the world: angular melodies, vocal acrobatics, warbly keyboard effects, heavily-swung rhythms and pounding bass.

Attention Berlin: I am super stoked to mention the upcoming Ghana Hiplife night at Worldtronics festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt on December 2, which was curated in part by Awesome Tapes From Africa. The show features Ghana rap virtuoso Kwaw Kese, up-and-coming hiplife visionaries Bradez, mega-accomplished producer Appietus and UK rapper Sway.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Awa Kassemady Diabate—Kayira Vol. 2

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Happy 11/11/11 (and Happy Veterans' Day). Mande griot music for the masses from Mali with an after-taste electronique. Maybe that's just this recording's tinny treble-heavy mix [editor's note--I don't equalize these rips]. I feel like this solid package of soul and virtuosity was worth sharing here regardless.

BTW--First release on Awesome Tapes From Africa is out now: ATFA001 Nâ Hawa Doumbia "La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3". You can find it at eMusic, iTunes, Amazon or hopefully your favorite local record shop. It's a beautiful album.

Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ set at Spencer's GIFs with Janka Nabay at Santos Party House in Manhattan on Friday, November 18.

Monday, November 07, 2011


Fatou Laobé—Hé Laobé

Side A
Serigne Bi
Hé Laobé

Side B
Djoudé Diabé
Diour Dom Sani

Life is short. It's not nearly long enough post the best tapes by all the top mbalax divas from Senegal. Fatou Laobé's ecstatic yet masterfully controlled vocal cadences will have to suffice for today. Likembe has some tracks and info as well.

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