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Pretoria’s Native Soul channel Teenage Dreams on debut album
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Pretoria’s Native Soul channel Teenage Dreams on debut album

Awesome Tapes from Africa’s new signees announce their first project, an electronic “journey through 2020’s bizarre mindscape.”  In South African slang, “ma2000” is a term used to describe young people who were born after the […]

Ephat Mujuru: the mbira master reissued by Awesome Tapes from Africa
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Ephat Mujuru: the mbira master reissued by Awesome Tapes from Africa

The label has announced a reissue of Mbavaira, the second album by Zimbabwean singer Ephat Mujuru and his band, Spirit of the People, who acted as witnesses to the independence struggle of their country. Awesome Tapes […]

Awesome Tapes from Africa reissues Penny Penny’s second album
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Awesome Tapes from Africa reissues Penny Penny's second album

The American label reissues Yogo Yogo, the second album of the “Shangaan Disco King” released in 1996.

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 […]

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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 […]