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Awesome Tapes From Africa puts Gabonese harp in the spotlight with Papé Nziengui
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Awesome Tapes From Africa puts Gabonese harp in the spotlight with Papé Nziengui

The American label is set to reissue Kadi Yombo, a monument to Gabonese “postmodernism” from the late 1980s.  The album Kadi Yombo, originally released in 1989, is a particularly successful project in the quest for […]

Teno Afrika announces new EP Where You Are
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Teno Afrika announces new EP Where You Are

The young prodigy’s upcoming project, released via Awesome Tapes From Africa, will aim big while staying true to amapiano’s DIY essence.   Teno Afrika’s 2020 debut Amapiano Selections drew an international wave of support sparked by […]

PAM Club: Teno Afrika’s amapiano picks
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PAM Club: Teno Afrika's amapiano picks

On the road to take on the world, young DJ and producer Teno Afrika adds his name to the PAM Club hall of fame with a refined amapiano set. A must listen.

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 […]

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Amapiano Selections: Teno Afrika’s debut on Awesome Tapes from Africa
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Amapiano Selections: Teno Afrika’s debut on Awesome Tapes from Africa

On his first album, Teno Afrika traces the seedlings of the electronic music movement in South Africa, the amapiano. “Storytellers,” featuring Diego Don, is his first single. Long considered a hybrid subgenre of house music, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watch a documentary on enigmatic ghanean musician Ata Kak
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Watch a documentary on enigmatic ghanean musician Ata Kak

Red Bull Music Academy and Awesome Tapes From Africa unveil short film Ata Kak: Time Bomb. Digged and reissued by Brian Shimkovitz via his own imprint Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ata Kak’s iconic dance music found his […]

Awesome Tapes From Africa releasing rare ‘90s South African house album from Professor Rhythm
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Awesome Tapes From Africa releasing rare ‘90s South African house album from Professor Rhythm

Awesome Tapes From Africa reissues Professor Rhythm’s Funky dance music album Bafana Banfana, a masterpiece album of Kwaito. Via The Vinyl Factory Professor Rhythm is an alias of Thami Mduli, a prolific musician and producer […]

Awesome Tapes From Africa reissues a South African bubblemusic classic EP
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Awesome Tapes From Africa reissues a South African bubblemusic classic EP

After a remarkable release from one of the greatest Malian singer, Awesome Tapes From Africa comes back with a reissue of a South African pop EP from 1988.

Awa Poulo: first internationally distributed record thanks to Awesome Tapes From Africa
Awa Poulo: first internationally distributed record thanks to Awesome Tapes From Africa

Malian singer Awa Poulo releases a worldwide album for the first time.

PANOPLAY: Bonobo, Wizkid, Drake, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Mo Laudi, Nicola Cruz
PANOPLAY: Bonobo, Wizkid, Drake, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Mo Laudi, Nicola Cruz

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Download a rare tape from Roha Band a.k.a. the Ethiopian Beatles
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Download a rare tape from Roha Band a.k.a. the Ethiopian Beatles

Awesome Tapes From Africa uploaded a tape from one of the best Ethiopian band of the 80’s : Roha Band.