Monday, February 20, 2012


Issa Coulibaly dit Trih Issa

Face A
Kono Kambora

Face B

Please make way for Mr. Issa Coulibaly (and his cohort a.k.a Trih Issa). This cassettes plays like a personal communication from one established Guinean griot to another, soul-drenched kora and balafon and vocals to the hilt, something we've kind of heard before here but nothing quite like this. Traditional instrument parking only today. All others will be crushed.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Muungano Cultural Troupe—Volume 17 Mambo Yapo Huku

Side A
Mambo Yapo Huku
Si Mzizi

Side B
Natumia Ufundi

Taarab music from Tanzania's long-running and legendary Muungano. This tape gets the award for wily, sinewy and swirly lo-fi keyboard tone of the year. Similar in crucial melodic and rhythmic ways to my earlier faves from Dar es Salaam, Jagwa Music. Stop by Afropop Worldwide for extensive cultural/social/political background on taarab in general.

Awesome Tapes From Africa DJ sets in Europe coming up in March, come say hello if you're nearby...Presented by Spex:

01.03. CH Bern / Bonsoir
02.03. CH Lausanne / Le Bourg
08.03. DE Berlin / Africaine 808 @ Soju Bar
10.03. DE Duisburg / Aula Im Festivalzentrum
15.03. IT Venetia / Teatro Fondamenta Nuove
17.03. IT Bologna / Locomotiv
28.03. DE Hamburg / Golden Pudel
29.03. DE Berlin / Gretchen (+ Konono No. 1)

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