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Sourakata Koite - En Hollande
Sourakata Koite
En Hollande
LP | 2019 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
17,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Senegalese kora master Sourakata Koite began music from pretty much day one. "All the Koite are musicians!," he says. Indeed he is a member of a family of djeli (or griot in french), the hereditary caste of musician-storyteller-historians in West Africa. After moving to Paris in the late 70s he began to play in different bands and for musicians like Manu Dibango, Toure Kounda, Mangala, Mah Damba and more. During a festival in Holland, a music producer form Plexus Records heard him and asked to make a recording. In 1984 in an old chicken coop near Delft, Koite recorded the entire album in one take, including overdubs. The rich sonics and deep sound beautifully presents Koite's virtuosic and entrancing renditions of traditional and original tunes. With the reissue of en Hollande, Awesome TapesFrom Africa continues its mission of bringing tapes posted on the ATFA website over the years, including this one, to music fans all over the world.
Om Alec Khaoli - Say You Love Me
Om Alec Khaoli
Say You Love Me
12" | 1985 | EU | Reissue (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
13,99 €*
Release:1985 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
“Say You Love Me” war nicht die erste Soloaufnahme von “Om” Alec Khaoli, dochdie EP von 1985 zementierte den Ruf des Bassisten und Songwriters als einer derinnovativsten Popsongwriter in Südafrika. Er baute seine Karriere auf allgegenwärtigenRock, Pop und Soul Hits mit so bahnbrechenden Bands wie The Beaters, Harariund Umoja auf. Doch seine anscheinend niemals versiegende Musikquelle sprudelteauch außerhalb dieser Ensembles, in denen er typischerweise Bass spielt und zuSongwriting und Gesang beitrug. Khaoli veröffentlichte einige erfolgreicheSoloarbeiten, während er gerade mit Umoja aufnahm und mit Freunden an anderenProjekten arbeitete. Diese Kreativität wurde durch Khaolis eigenes Aufnahmestudiounterstützt. Er war der erste Südafrikaner mit einem privaten Studio. Weil schwarzeKünstler dazu gezwungen waren, in den Mittagspausen aufzunehmen und nichtausreichend Zugang zu den Studios im Besitz von Weißen hatten, war es dieses privateStudio, das es Khaoli erlaubte, sich eigenständig weiterzuentwickeln. Daraus erklärtsich auch sein weitreichendes kreatives Output in den achtziger und frühen neunzigerJahren, in denen er fünf Alben mit Umoja und fünf Solo-LPs neben einer ganzen Stangevon Singles und LPs veröffentlichte. Der fast schon epische Popsound aus „Say You LoveMe“ ist breit und dynamisch. Als erster Südafrikaner, der seinen eigenenAufnahmeprozess kontrollierte und sich somit von den vielen Entbehrungen aus derApartheid befreite, eröffnete Khaoli seiner Vision von Musik neue Luft zum Atmenund erschuf fast schon nebenbei zeitlose Musik für die Tanzfläche
Jess Sah Bi & Peter One - Our Garden Needs Its Flowers
Jess Sah Bi & Peter One
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
19,94 €* 20,99 € -5%
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ivory Coast isn’t known for country music. But Jess Sah Bi & Peter One’s 1985 recording Our Garden Needs Its Flowers, a massive-selling regional hit, brought a burgeoning interest in folk and Americana into the mainstream and carried two young men to international prominence, culminating in stadium-filling concerts and performances for the first lady of Cote d’Ivoire and dignitaries. The album was made following a chance introduction via Jess’s nephew, who heard Peter playing for fun around his university dormitory. At the time, Jess Sah Bi (Die Sah Bi) was Ivory Coast’s first political cartoonist, having already published in dozens of magazines and newspapers across West Africa and France. Meanwhile Peter One (Pierre-Evrard Tra) was a university student and soon-to-be high school history teacher. Both musicians had spent time singing and playing guitar and composing songs on their own until they came together to record their independently-released opus. The music contrasted starkly with the popular sounds of the time, ranging from fast-paced regional dance music genres to ziglibithy to soukous to straight-up funk played by Abidjan’s plethora of bands. Country music and folk-rock weren’t very popular with the general public. But interest was bubbling up within the growing student population, who connected with the protest sentiments expressed by many English and American artists of the era. “It’s very nice music, with very nice harmonies, and it’s different from what you hear every day,” Peter says. “The language was a big barrier though. You had to learn English to understand the songs, and the students were the ones learning English.” Having access to education along with their awareness of social and political inequality and injustice made students the perfect audience for folk music in Ivory Coast. Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Don Williams’ music could be heard on some radio programs around Ivory Coast’s major cities, and some younger people were getting hip to Simon & Garfunkel, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cat Stevens and Crosby Stills & Nash. The stage was set for Jess Sah Bi & Peter One’s homegrown country music to make a mark on Ivorians’ consciousness. Complete with slide guitar, soaring vocals and anthemic, politically-conscious lyrics in three languages, the recording became ubiquitous across French-speaking West Africa. “We expected the album to be a big success, but we could not have imagined how far it would go,” Peter says. After Our Garden Needs Its Flowers release, Jess and Peter’s profile lifted rapidly, leading to stadium performances in Togo, Burkina Faso and elsewhere. Their ascent was accompanied by critical acclaim from the local press and television programs, appearances at galas organized by Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny, the wife of the late Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first president of the Ivory Coast and even a performance during the 1988 ECOWAS (Economic Coalition of West African States) summit in Yamoussoukro at President Houphouët-Boigny’s request. Jess and Peter’s run lasted until the early 1990s, capped off with the BBC using their song African Chant as theme music the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Jess and Peter now live in San Francisco and Nashville, respectively, and continue to make music on their own. Plans for shows reuniting the duo are in the works for later this year.
Professor Rhythm - Bafana Bafana
Professor Rhythm
Bafana Bafana
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
First time on vinyl.Key producer of early South African house music and kwaito Professor Rhythm isthe production moniker of South African music man Thami Mdluli. Throughout the1980's, Mdluli was member of chart-topping groups Taboo and CJB, playingbubblegum pop to stadiums. Mdluli became an in-demand producer for influentialartists (like Sox and Sensations, among many others) and in-house producer forimportant record companies like Eric Frisch and Tusk. During the early '80s, Mdluliprojects usually featured an instrumental dance track. These hot instrumentalsbecame rather popular. Fans demanded to hear more of these backing trackswithout vocals, he says, so Mdluli began to make solo instrumental albums in 1985as Professor Rhythm. He got the name before the recordings began, from fans, andpositive momentum from audiences and other musicians drove him to investhimself in a full-on solo project. It was the era just before the end of apartheid andhouse music hadn't taken over yet. There wasn't instrumental electronic music yetin South Afric a. As the '80s came to a close, that was about to change. ProfessorRhythm productions mirror the evolution of dance music in South Africa. Theygrew out of the bubblegum mold - which itself stems from band's channelinginfluences like Kool & the Gang and the Commodores - into something based onmusic for the club. His early instrumental recordings First Time Around andProfessor 3 mostly distilled R&B, mbaqanga and bubblegum grooves into vocal-lesspieces for the dance floor. Musically, these were a success and commercially thealbums all went gold. There were countless bubblegum albums flooding themarketplace, with nearly disposable vocalists backed by mostly similar-soundingrhythm tracks. Most of the lyrical content was light and apolitical. But thekeyboards used formed the musical basis for what would come next. By the timeProfessor 4 and this recording Bafana Bafana - the name references South Africa'snational soccer team - were released in the mid-1990s, k waito had fully emerged.Access to instruments and freedom of expression helped its rise in influenceamong youth. According to Mdluli, "Once Mandela was released from prison andpeople felt more free to express themselves and move around town, kwaito wasbecoming the thing." Lyrically, kwaito championed the local township lingo whileadapting "international music," house music, into the local context. "InternationalMusic," as house music and early kwaito were interchangeably known, in manyways reflects the sounds coming from America. But South Africans made it theirown. Today, the largest part of the music industry is occupied by house music andits relatives.
Ata Kak - Obaa Sima
Ata Kak
Obaa Sima
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
A 1994 tape by Ghanaian musician Ata Kak called Obaa Sima is being reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa. The release is the culmination of a 13-year story for Awesome Tapes From Africa founder Brian Shimkovitz, who bought a cassette copy of Obaa Sima from a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2002. The tape was the subject of the first post on his Awesome Tapes From Africa blog in 2006—the blog spawned a full record label in 2011. Shimkovitz began searching for Ata Kat and says "Google and endless phone calls provided no leads." It was eventually discovered the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, had recorded Obaa Sima in Toronto before moving back to Ghana in 2006. The restoration of the tape proved challenging. Only about 50 copies of the original tape were produced, and Atta-Owusu's master DAT had disintegrated, so the second-hand copy purchased by Shimkovitz was used as the source for the reissue.
Penny Penny - Shaka Bundu
Penny Penny
Shaka Bundu
2LP | 2013 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
The next Awesome Tapes Africa release is by Penny Penny, a legendary pop singer and current politician from South Africa. Shaka Bundu is his 1994 debut LP, a genre-defining Shangaan disco record of Xitsonga language anthems that launched the impoverished record label janitor into national renown.
DJ Katapila - Aroo
DJ Katapila
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
DJ Katapila's Aroo EP is the latest addition to the iconoclastic producer's catalogof fast-paced, pan-West African-influenced dance music. DJ Katapila's debutrelease with Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2016's reissue of Trotro, ignitedinternational acclaim for the Ghanaian DJ and producer. Katapila broughtGhana's street party culture to audiences overseas; a wave of joy and happydancers were left in his wake. Following radio play in Ghana and demand fromfans online, new track "Monkey" makes its debut on vinyl. Awesome Tapes FromAfrica is proud to present new music from this unmistakably original artist.
Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu
Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Nach einigen Jahren des erfolgreichen Tourens durch die Welt veröffentlicht Hailu Mergia nach 15 Jahren nun sein erstes neues Album “Lala Belu”. Alles begann 2013 mit dem Re-Issue seines verträumtes „Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument“ gefolgt von dem enormen Erfolg seiner bahnbrechenden EthioJazz Meisterwerke „Tche Belew“ und „Wede Harer Guzo“. Die Presse und die Fans lobten ihn in jeglicher Hinsicht und seine alten Aufnahmen waren ein geschätztes Fundstück für alle Connaisseure der äthiopischen Musik. Seine klassischen Aufnahmen werden gekannt und geschätzt, weil sie so mysteriös und altgedient waren, doch seine neuen Aufnahmen sind Ausdruck der Liveshow des 21. Jahrhunderts mit modernen Interpretationen äthiopischer Standards und seinen eigenen Kompositionen. Tony Buck am Schlagzeug und Mike Majkowski am Bass haben Mergia auf Tour durch Europa und Australien begleitet, in der Radio City Music Hall und in kleinen Rockclubs gespielt und wollen diese Marke des Erfolges mit der Veröffentlichung seines neuen Sounds feiern. MERGIA weiß selbst genau, wie viel sich für ihn seit den letzten Studioaufnahmen verändert hat, die er 2003 eigenständig veröffentlichte: „Das Album ist quasi historisch für mich. Und ich bin sehr aufgeregt. Es fühlt sich wie ein großes Comeback an. Ein anderes Publikum, eine andere Art von Band und eine neue Plattenfirma. Dieses Album unterscheidet sich sehr von den anderen, die ich aufgenommen habe, nachdem ich Äthiopien verlassen habe.“ Das Trio hat die Basic Tracks 2016 in den Londoner EMS4 Studios aufgenommen und Mergia vervollständigte sie und hatte einAuge auf den Mix mit Javon Gant in den Washingtoner Cue Studios.
DJ Katapila - Trotro & Bonus Tracks
DJ Katapila
Trotro & Bonus Tracks
12" | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two of the tracks collected here that haven't been on wax before, demonstrates a wild combination of breakneck rhythms steeped in his native Ga traditional dances.
Awalom Gebremariam - Desdes
Awalom Gebremariam
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
23,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Gebremariam recorded his only LP shortly before leaving war-torn East African nation Eritrea—he made his way to a refugee camp in neighbouring Ethiopia before heading to the US. According to AFTA, "when an agency for asylum-seekers in North Carolina met Gebremariam and researched his background, they saw an Awesome Tapes From Africa blog post of the cassette," leading to the forthcoming reissue. The album, which will be getting its first release on digital and vinyl formats, features traditional folk instruments—the one-string wata and the five-string krar—playing what ATFA's Brian Shimkovitz called "legit modern sounds culled from relatively ancient means."
SK Kakraba - Songs Of Paapieye
SK Kakraba
Songs Of Paapieye
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
SK Kakraba is master of the gyil, a Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders’ egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in his Lobi language. A new recording of solo pieces on this ancient and starkly earthy instrument will be released October 2 on Awesome Tapes From Africa. A first for the label, this is a new recording, completed in San Francisco in a studio operated by Kakraba’s close friend Brian Hogan. Completely solo without any overdubs, the recording introduces listeners to the rhythmic complexity and harmonic beauty inherent in the gyil. Songs of Paapieye features the compositions and improvisational modes that have been passed down by generations of hereditary musicians, which Kakraba now performs from his new base in Los Angeles.Kakraba learned his traditional Lobi music in Saru, a small farming community in Northern Region, Ghana. Over time, he learned a large repertoire and became a working master of the instrument. He kept learning until his uncle Kakraba Lobi, a world-renowned master of the instrument, brought SK to Accra to work as a performer and instructor.As Kakraba puts it, “When I moved to Accra in 1997, I was around 20, I had to make money for myself so I strapped on my xylophone and carried it around Central Accra or the zongos (Muslim ghettoes) and markets and people would throw money on the instrument. This helped me get my daily chop.”
Hailu Mergia & The Walias - Tche Belew
Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Tche Belew
LP | 1997 | US | Reissue (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:1997 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The album will be released by Awesome Tapes From Africa for the first time outside Ethiopia, with its original track sequence and album art along with exclusive period photos from Mergia’s personal scrapbook.
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital
Aby Ngana Diop
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns, with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax, Senegal’s quintessential pop genre.After a few years of searching for Ms. Diop’s family members—she passed away from a heartattack in 1997—it took another year to get the release sorted it out but I’m happy to report this is all square with her family in Dakar (thanks to the help of a friendly professor from Boston who also contributed excellent liner notes).
Dur-Dur Band - Volume 5
Dur-Dur Band
Volume 5
2LP | 1987 | US | Reissue (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
25,99 €*
Release:1987 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
4th strike on Awesome Tapes From Africa, another stunner! The classic Somali band's 1987 recording captures some of the incredible sounds happening in Mogadishu during that era.
NaHawa Doumbia - La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Volume 3
Asnakech Worku - Asnakech
Asnakech Worku
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
- Backed by Hailu Mergia - Legendary singer/instrumentalist at her mid-1970s prime -Double LP carefully extracted from cassette and remastered by ATFA family engineerJessica Thompson There is perhaps no woman more cherished in modern Ethiopianhistory than Asnakech Worku. As a musician, actress, dancer and cultural icon, Asnakechinspired and challenged society for decades, until her death in 2011. From her beginningsas Ethiopia's first theater actress in 1952 to her climb to become one of the most famousactresses at the National Theater to her days as a club owner-turned-master musician,Asnakech's inimitable confidence and charm made her a household name. She earnedendless accolades across the artistic spectrum. She made seminal recordings ofunforgettable original compositions, as well as legendary renditions of traditional songs,that became national staples. With a singular sense of style, glamour and sex appeal thatsometimes stunned mainstream society, Asnakech wore clothes no one else wore andsaid things no one else said. Staid notions of how women should dress and behave didn'tapply to her. Battling a mentality that until the early 1950s had men wearing dresses toplay female roles in the theater, Asnakech became a national treasure on her own terms.Her family wasn't pleased with Asnakech becoming an azmari_an itinerant praisemusician who sings, often in bars, for tips_and didn't bother her, especially after EmperorHaile Selassie I began to emphasize theater and music in society, officially legitimizing hercareer. Asnakech became an internationally-celebrated performer of Ethiopia's ancientharp, the krar, making her one of the most visible female musicians of the 20th century.All this while leaving controversy, broken hearts and a changed cultural landscape in herwake. In 1975, keyboardist and bandleader Hailu Mergia got a call from the owner ofMisratch Music Shop to do a recording with Asnakech and he went for it. This recordingis a nearly-forgotten artifact of the remarkable icon's singular legacy, remastered andavailable outside Ethiopia for the first time. It also provides a rare glimpse into Mergia'swork as a arranger-sideman in the Addis Ababa music scene. This trio recordingfeaturing Mergia on organ and Temare Harege on drums using only brushes is starklyminimal but deeply evocative. The minimalist arrangements ensure the focus is onAsnakech's incisive_and occasionally romantic_lyrics and her virtuosic krar performance.
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band - Wede Harer Guzo
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo
CD | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
13,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
On June 17, Awesome Tapes From Africa releases Wede Harer Guzo, a smokey excursion through Ethiopian songbook classics by Hailu Mergia and legendary Dahlak Band. This 1978 cassette-only release has never been available on vinyl until now. The house band at the fancy Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Dahlak Band were known for a soulful approach and attracted a slightly younger audience than Mergia’s main group the Walias, who were house band at the Hilton. The vocal arrangements alone make this recording a must for Ethiopian music fans, never heard anything like it. "Wede Harer Guzo" ("Journey to Harer,” which is a town in Eastern Ethiopia) was recorded during a period of military-imposed curfews when clubs had to stay jamming until sunrise because people weren’t allowed on the streets at night. This recording was painstakingly excavated and remastered by Jessica Thompson at Coast Mastering. Hailu’s tape was not in good condition and no others could be located
Awa Poulo - Poulo Warali
Awa Poulo
Poulo Warali
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Poulo Warali is Peulh music at its best. The entire album speaks a consistent rhythmic language, weaves a lyrical tapestry of masterful vocals, ranging and raw, alongside the woody, acoustic interplay of n’goni (stringed instrument), guitars and calabash gourd thump.
Ata Kak - Obaa Sima / Adagya
Ata Kak
Obaa Sima / Adagya
12" | 2015 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Single #2 from now-legendary 1993 solo cassette. The two Ghana-by-way-of-Toronto dance tracks whip themselves into an unabashed frenzy, & sound like nothing else.
Hailu Mergia - Hailu Mergia & Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
Hailu Mergia
Hailu Mergia & Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
2LP | 2013 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
24,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This remastered reissue of Mergia's 1985 solo cassette features the multi-instrumentalist handling accordion, analog synth, rhodes piano and drum machine. The all-instrumental album has a distinctly futuristic (circa mid-80s) approach to classic Ethiopian songs and modes.
Bola - Volume 7
Volume 7
2LP | 2012 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
15,99 €* 19,99 € -20%
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
More awesome stuff from Africa, lifted from the most awesome format ever: the cassette-tape!
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