Audio

Awesome Tapes From Africa Releases Aby Ngana Diop 'Remixes' EP

Awesome Tapes From Africa shares its 'Aby Ngana Diop Remixes' digital EP, a collection of remixes of a few tracks off Diop's 'Liital' LP.


Last September, Awesome Tapes from Africa revealed Liital, the late Senegalese griotte Aby Ngana Diop's only album. Now, the label shares engaging renditions of a few of the record's tracks with Aby Ngana Diop Remixes. The cross-continental digital EP features mash-ups by New Zealand genre-mixing quintet Orchestra of Spheres, Australian-based producer Michael Ozone, and Brooklyn experimental electronic trio Black Dice. For their contribution, Orchestra of Spheres lock "Dieuleul-Dieuleul," Liital's opener, in a glass house as high-pitched effects run back-and-forth and Diop's voice skips through a wide roof of electronics slowly lifting for air. Ozone adds a trance-y aesthetic to Liital's title track, toppling the shrill vocals with electronic sizzles and zaps. The EP closes with Black Dice clopping industrial grinds and robotic effects on Liital closer "Ndadje," breaking it to bits beautifully. Aby Ngana Diop Remixes can be purchased as a digital download at Juno. Listen to "Michael Ozone's Liital Rhythm" from the album below. Aby Ngana Diop's Liital is available as a LP/CD/MP3/Limited Edition Cassette via Awesome Tapes From Africa and is also on iTunes

Popular
Photo by Giles Clarke/UNOCHA via Getty Images

Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.