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)

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