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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.

TRACKLIST

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)

Interview
Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

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Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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