Audio: Awesome Tapes From Africa's TTL Mix

Awesome Tapes From Africa stopped by the (amazing) East Village record store Turntable Lab to deliver a tape deck-mixed set of his rare cassettes from West Africa and the continent. Highlights include cuts from ATFA label's first releases from Malian songstress Na Hawa Doumbia and North Ghana's kologo virtuoso Bola. Stream and download the mix below. Head to TTL for an interview with Brian Shimkovitz, the mind behind ATFA.


Boubou Tounkara - "Tara"

Joe Nez - "Mona Come Back"

Mamar Kassy - "Lelly Yoro"

Souleyman Sidibe - "Samaba"

Eddie Donkor - "Eye Banker"

Wonder Dayo Kjore - "Super Jet"

Bola - "Zuo Wam Te Yire Me"

Ramblers Dance Band - "Knock on Wood"

Na Hawa Doumbia - "Koro Dia"

Bill Diakhou - "Tani"

(via TTL)

Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

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Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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