Monday, November 18, 2013


Side A

Side B

It's really pretty hard to find cassettes of Somali music. But there are a few in a collection I absorbed from a friend a while ago. Go deep with this live recording of Salaad Darbi in full band virtuosity and you will go away feeling happy. I don't have any info about this artist or recording right now. All I know about this tape is that the saxophones, strings, guitars, accordion and kaban (Somali oud) collide in a highly pleasing way. This is a really special and rare tape.

And since I am a lifelong Deadhead I love live tapes.

Friday, November 01, 2013


Saramba Kouyate — 56

Face A
Sene Foli
Na Sombou

Face B

So you're sitting home on a Friday night and you just want to kick it to some dynamic diva from Mali while she floats along a tinkly river of luminescence (a.k.a. gold medal griot accompaniment). Can't blame you for nurturing this sophisticated craving.

UPDATE tonight Friday November 8 is now at Body Actualized Center (
143 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11206), come party with ATFA, serious dub vibes duo Blazer Sound System and special guest Addis Pablo.

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