Harry from Manchester sent me a package of tapes from Dar-Es-Salaam recently with a note saying he hoped they reached me. Dear Harry: they reached me, and all three Tanzanian rap cassettes are pretty chill. THANKS.
So here’s some Tanzanian bongo flava from the early aughties, the debut recording from Juma Nature. If you’re into African rap, this is a pretty epic tape. Why do I love old school rap from Africa so much? Things have developed across the continent such that these tapes make me feel like I’m listening to Masta Ace or Rakim, kinda out-dated-sounding but so undeniably groundbreaking and jammin.
Awesome Tapes from Africa takes to the streets again soon:
25.11. NL Utrecht Le Guess Who Festival
26.11. NL Eindhoven STRP Festival
27.11. NL Amsterdam Rebel Up! Soundclash at Occii
30.11. DE Berlin Marie Antoinette (w/ MUNCH MUNCH)
02.12. DE Hamburg Golden Pudel Club (w/ BONGO DISCO)
03.12. UK Bristol Inbetween Time Festival (w/ MAHJONGG)
04.12. UK London Old Blue Last
05.12. UK Minehead All Tomorrow’s Parties
07.12. FI Tampere Telakka
08.12. FI Helsinki Club YK
09.12. FI Turku Bar Kuka
10.12. DK Copenhagen Global
11.12. DK Copenhagen Global