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'Awesome Tapes From Africa' Starts Label


Awesome Tapes From Africa, a site that's been in daily rotation on our blog crawl, has just announced that starting this October it will try it's hand at being a record label.  This is exciting news - and it means that some of the more obscure, unearthed gems that they manage to find will now be available for sale, thereby putting some moula back into the original artists' pockets.  The new endeavor is set to ensure that the artists will receive 50% of all proceeds after expenses (that's definitely something we can get behind). The 1st release slated will be from Mali's Nâ Hawa Doumbia (out 10/18, distributed by SC distribution), a re-release of a recording done in '82 La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3. Check out the awesome artwork above - we can't wait to hear the music.  For more awesome mixtapes, check out our own mixtape series with our latest edition, Africa In Your Earbuds #2: Sinkane.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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