In lieu of that new cassette deck I am posting something special, a tape by Aby Ngana Diop, which was sent to me by a loyal reader. His laid back assurance that “it’s a good tape” might be the understatement of the moment.
Aby Ngana Diop’s first song conjures drum n’ bass circa 1993 lurking in the shadows of the most brutal Senegalese sabar drums Dakar has to offer. And the rest of the tape just gets more astounding. Don’t even get me started on Face B. All highly frenetic and joyous and brilliant.
This is the kind of tape for which I reserve a certain level of enthusiasm, one that is so good and left-field that I don’t know whether to shout from the rooftops or bury the thing in my backyard.
Yaye Penda Mbaye