Thursday, December 22, 2011


Ding Ding Djello—Koumandian

Face A
Hommage à nos mamans*
Sida (Remix)

Face B
Daff mi Yakh
Ecoutons nos Parents
Hypocrite (Remix)

*—Made me feel/think something

Guinean rap from a group of well-educated lads, who big up their school with the album title (Koumandian Keita is the largest private school in Conarky). Established Senegalese rapper Sister Fa helps on vocals. Senegalese and German producer/musicians Bob Dynaa and Steven Töteberg (who ran a very important studio in Dakar for the youth called Maison Yes, where this was recorded) produced and mixed the album. Not much info about the group themselves...I think this is from the late '90s. Meh, this album is mediocre but tracks 3, 4 and 9 made me feel like sharing it.

Monday, December 19, 2011


El Hadj Hamado Kanazoe

Face A
Nabi Yaam Pingr

Face B
Nabi Yaam Siifo

Majestic, otherworldly Sufi music from Burkina Faso. Damn, all zoned out on this "no instruments allowed" recording this morning. Vocal-to-mental invigoration.

More info on Wazu music in particular and Sufi music in general from West Africa and beyond right here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Ahwach Souss

Side A

Side B

This is Berber music from the Souss region of southern Morocco, which sounds like it was recorded at a festival or event (I think I outdoor ambiance plus background chatter... an awesome spontaneous vibe to this recording). Ahwach music blows me away and I think this tape is particularly insane. Listen to the bone crushing drum rhythm that follows the eerie solo vocal introduction. Side B completely loses its shit around 12 minutes in.

But could someone please help us with the band/album name for this one?

Monday, December 05, 2011


Ndiogou Seck—Tarou

Face A
Coow-li (Lang)
Interesse +

Face B
Yaama NDiaye

Man. This tape is killing me today. Senegalese mbalax-ish style acoustic music with amazing choir vocal responses back by beautifully produced ensemble of drums and massive torso-sized kalimba. Enjoy.

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