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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
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.
Penny Penny - Shaka Bundu
Penny Penny
Shaka Bundu
2LP | 2013 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
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.
Umoja - 707
Umoja
707
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Originally recorded in the 1980's in South Africa the release is a cosmic blend of disco, soul and pop. Umoja were one of the key figures in a genre which has since become known as 'Bubblegum Music' with the group recording their music during the violent era of apartheid in Africa.
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band - Wede Harer Guzo
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
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
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.
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital
Aby Ngana Diop
Liital
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).
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.
NaHawa Doumbia - La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Volume 3
Professor Rhythm - Bafana Bafana
Professor Rhythm
Bafana Bafana
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
17,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 20.10.2017
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.
Awa Poulo - Poulo Warali
Awa Poulo
Poulo Warali
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
19,99 €*
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.
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
Desdes
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
19,19 €* 23,99 € -20%
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."
DJ Katapila - Trotro
DJ Katapila
Trotro
2LP | 2016 | USA | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
20,89 €* 21,99 € -5%
Release:2016 / USA – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Ga traditional music using electronic sounds instead of live percussion to create his own kind of what he calls house music.
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.
Dur-Dur Band - Volume 5
Dur-Dur Band
Volume 5
2LP | 1987 | US | Reissue (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
24,69 €* 25,99 € -5%
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.
Bola - Volume 7
Bola
Volume 7
2LP | 2012 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
19,99 €*
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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