Monday, September 24, 2012

 

FAC Alliance—Mariama



Face A
Telephone Love
Conakry By Night

Atente
Louganyi
Bee Labe Labe

Mariama*

Face B
Marche Doucement
Guiggol Maayata
N'kolon
Pauvrete
Nanfera
Sokho

*—Super warbly tape alert. Apologies for the awesome, nearly unlistenable effect.

Rap from Guinea, steeped in that quintessential urban West African stew of hip-hop, soul, dancehall and traditional rhythms and sounds (FAC Alliance lists Fulani, Susu and Mandinka inspiration on their website). There might be a touch too much reggae at times for me but I'm captivated by the overall vibe Nondi K, Pap G and Mista X are repping here. Frank Bessem's great encyclopedia has some more background here.

  

Monday, September 10, 2012

 

Awalom Gebremariam—Desaes






Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
     
Side B
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10 
Track 11

Thanks to my pal Patrick Seabase—celebrated fixed gear bike athlete—for this cassette from Eritrea, which he picked up while filming Asmawa, a documentary about a beautiful and challenging bike trip down there. This is a highly addictive take on Eritrean Tigrinya-language Bahlawi music. Legit modern sounds culled from relatively ancient means. Patrick says he heard this tape over and over again while traveling in Eritrea. I have been playing it on repeat myself and I am thoroughly obsessed.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

 

National Youth Choir of Namibia—Namibian Images & Sound




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