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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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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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