Thursday, November 29, 2012


Okwueme '99'

Side A
Eli Ikwerre Marunma
Mind Your Way
Owa-Marule Nai-Mahara

Side B
Oge Asomeri
Eli Rumuji Wegbom

Jump for joy to Nigerian praise singing and traditional drumming, spinning in hypnotizing cycles. I'm actually feeling dizzy. Despite the balance of lilty harmony and aggressive pulsing, this tape, produced outside Port Harcourt, takes me want a siesta.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Very excited to announce the next Awesome Tapes From Africa release. Dur-Dur Band Volume 5 comes out March 19 February 5, 2013. The classic Somali band's 1987 recording captures some of the incredible sounds happening in Mogadishu during that era. More info soon.

Thursday, November 08, 2012


Mamadou Camara dit Bikadi—Sognina

Sunday, November 04, 2012


Hirut Bekele

Side A
Track 1

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