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Ethio-jazz veteran Hailu Mergia announces new album and shares new songs
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Ethio‑jazz veteran Hailu Mergia announces new album and shares new songs

Ethio-jazz veteran Hailu Mergia has been brought back to life by the label Awesome Tapes From Africa. He returns on the same label with a new album, Yene Mircha. It’s been a long, winding road to […]

DJ Katapila retraces his journey in eponymous short documentary
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DJ Katapila retraces his journey in eponymous short documentary

The unmistakably original artist is the subject of a documentary on his musical journey. From a young age, Ishmael Abbey was a beloved local DJ in Accra, Ghana’s competitive and rapidly-evolving music galaxy. Katapila brought Ghana’s […]

Awesome Tapes From Africa to release album from Antoinette Konan, the Queen of the Ahoko
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Awesome Tapes From Africa to release album from Antoinette Konan, the Queen of the Ahoko

Awesome Tapes From Africa reissues visionary Antoinette Konan’s eponymous album. Known as the “Queen of the Ahoko” among Ivorians, Konan single-handedly put the central-Ivorian instrument on the map when she gave it a 20th-century re-introduction. The […]

Malian singer Nahawa Doumbia’s debut album reissued for the first time
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Malian singer Nahawa Doumbia's debut album reissued for the first time

  Released in 1981 by the excellent Ivory Coast-based AS Records, on her debut album, La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 1, Nahawa performs brilliantly with tenacity and hunger. Recorded when she was barely 20 years old, La Grande Cantatrice […]

Awesome Tapes From Africa releasing classic album from Ethiopian icon Asnakech Worku
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Awesome Tapes From Africa releasing classic album from Ethiopian icon Asnakech Worku

An album made with veteran Hailu Mergia. This week, Awesome Tapes From Africa reissues Asnakech, a famous album from musician, dancer and actress Asnakech Worku. This recording is a nearly-forgotten artifact of the remarkable icon’s singular legacy, remastered and available […]

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DJ Katapila Keeps Spreading Ghana’s Street Party Culture All Over The World
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DJ Katapila Keeps Spreading Ghana's Street Party Culture All Over The World

“Francophone rhythms + techno = so hot and danceable” Following DJ Katapila’s debut release with Awesome Tapes From Africa – 2016’s internationally acclaimed reissue of Trotro, Ghanaian DJ and producer unveils in March a new project titled Aroo […]

Hailu Mergia: Taxi to Ethio-Jazz
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Hailu Mergia: Taxi to Ethio‑Jazz

Ethio-jazz veteran Hailu Mergia has been brought back to life by the label Awesome Tapes From Africa. Mergia just released a beautiful album, forty years after the crazy nights of swinging Addis Ababa, when he […]

The 25 Best Reissues of 2017
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The 25 Best Reissues of 2017

The Pan African Music team select their favorite 2017 reissues. Compilations, vinyl reissues and exclusive archive gems: a short focus on 25 timeless albums that made our year. Listen to selections from this list on […]