awesome tapes from africa

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Is anyone still following up to date this blog? It's been almost two years since I last checked in and I'm overwhelmed by all the music in there right now. Anyone who cares to recommend me anything I missed in the past years/months?

Moka, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

I forgot how good this blog is. Has there been any chat about Francis Bebey's 'African Electronic Music 1975-1982' anywhere on here?

mmmm, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think 69 always used to play some bebey on his KUSF show, with some other stuff not a million miles away. worth checking for tips.

blossom smulch (schlump), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was enjoying the Bebey comp until I got to the song where he goes on about beating his wife for not obeying him :(

This is a great recent Awesome Tape: http://www.awesometapes.com/2012/04/manka-le-phallang-mokhosi-side-1.html

NSFW Australia (seandalai), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

I heard him play his cassettes live a little while back in W. DC. It was great. He has a label now, that has re-released two tapes.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can't get on this site at work. Any idea why "Websense SEX is filtered?"

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

I need to catch up on the site a bit too. The Kweysha Seta tape he posted Jan 6, 2011, is a favorite. Just alien, wild. Highly highly recommend.

andrew m., Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

this sounds...awesome

The next Awesome Tapes From Africa LP release is by Hailu Mergia, the Ethiopian one-man-band accordion/keyboardist extraordinaire. Hailu made his name in Walias Band and later went on to do some visionary solo recordings. Hailu Mergia's beautiful and surprising 1985 foray into traditional Ethiopian songs via analog synth, electric piano and accordion has been remastered and will be available June 25 on LP/CD/MP3/C60.

mizzell, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:54 (10 months ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

ATFA event in Toronto got cancelled after accusations of racism for all-white DJ line-up

Story about the cancellation:
http://www.chartattack.com/news/2014/01/24/awesome-tapes-from-africa-show-toronto-cancelled/

Response from the organizer, dude who runs the DIY venue and was to be one of the DJ's:
http://www.doubledoubleland.com/tldr.html

brio, Friday, 28 March 2014 21:13 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

hmm, i'm curious what people here think of all this.

espring (amateurist), Friday, 28 March 2014 21:29 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

the last graf of that chartattack.com blog post seems like a desperate non-sequitir to me

espring (amateurist), Friday, 28 March 2014 21:32 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Both the article and the response get pretty muddled, but I think there's actually lots to think about with this. It's too bad it's so hard for people to talk about race.

brio, Friday, 28 March 2014 21:33 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

ATFA event in Toronto got cancelled after accusations of racism for all-white DJ line-up

― brio, Friday, March 28, 2014 2:13 PM (35 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

my only response seeing this is lol

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 28 March 2014 21:50 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

incidentally, i'm going to a thing tonight where mr. awesome tapes is dj'ing.

the pursuit of ha'pennies (get bent), Friday, 28 March 2014 22:29 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

this actually would all have been solved had they advertised it as "mr. awesome tapes is back"

espring (amateurist), Saturday, 29 March 2014 02:39 (3 weeks ago) Permalink


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