Awesome Tapes From Africa – Label/Tour/Mixtape

Awesome Tapes From Africa is no longer just a blog, and will be releasing AFTA001 on 18t October through their own brand new label.

Below you can hear ‘Kungo Sogoni’ by ‘Na Hawa Doumbia’ taken from the imminent album ‘La Grand Cantatriece Malienne’ (recorded in the Ivory Coast, 1982). This initial offering stands out in many ways, but predominantly because of the surprising quality of the recording (considering the nature of the music being collected, and its subsequent physical format). This is possibly part of the reason why the vocal seems so impressive, especially combined with the incessant string arrangement underneath.

As well as (and in support of) the forthcoming label/release, Brian Shimkovitz is doing a series of dates worldwide throughout October.

5.10.11 Poitiers
6.10.11 Heidelberg
7.10.11 London
8.10.11 St. Petersburg

If this is your kind of thing then you will know that these dates are not to be missed. With his vast collection of records from allover the African continent, the nights will be an education as much as a party. 

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