Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

Mama Diabate—Nambiyo





Side A
Nambiyo
Koumbe Diara
Tenen Kaba
Bantan

Side B
Gbankole
Danka Boli
Fassoulouku
Koumbe Diara

Glittery and glammed out Manding pop from Guinea, perfectly balanced between traditional and modern persuasions. Vocals cut sharp, kora never dull, everything else falls into place / makes you want to dance. Don't stop.

Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets in California coming up:

Feb 2/Oakland//Hott Lava at Starline Social Club Feb 4/Oakland/Hott Lava at ABCo
Feb 6/San Francisco//Aquarius Records In-Store Whatttttt (5-7pm)
Feb 8/Los Angeles//Nomerica at Naya on Sunset (formerly Tantra)
Feb 10/Los Angeles//Top Tape by dublab at The Hyperion Tavern
Feb 11 San Francisco//Tormenta Tropical at Elbo Room

Friday, January 13, 2012

 

Bola Volume 7 Coming April 2/3 Worldwide





Listen to the track "Abayetidu Ma" from the forthcoming Awesome Tapes From Africa release by Bola. He is a singer and instrumentalist from Bolgatanga, Ghana who has been putting out tape after tape of ridiculously energetic and thoughtful songs for the last few years. I almost died when I heard this Volume 7 tape for the first time. Bola's intense Frafra-language vocals, along with his shredding kologo—a two-stringed lute—boosted by bass-heavy, angular keyboard melodies and dance floor-ready drums. I am fascinated by Bola's take on a traditional instrument and musical style. Look out for this release in early April on LP/CD/MP3/limited edition cassette.

Bola "Abayetidu Ma" by awesometapesfromafrica

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

 

Mahmoud Ahmed





Side A

Side B

Hoping someone can provide some details on this excellent recording.

Happy New Year to all of you.

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