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"The acclaimed and highly sought-after LP by Hailu Mergia and the Walias, 'Tche Belew', an album of instrumentals released in 1977, is perhaps the most seminal recording released in the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The story of the Walias band is a critical chapter ...
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"The acclaimed and highly sought-after LP by Hailu Mergia and the Walias, 'Tche Belew', an album of instrumentals released in 1977, is perhaps the most seminal recording released in the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The story of the Walias band is a critical chapter ...
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"Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns, with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was ...
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"Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns, with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was ...
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"Those of you who've been following Awesome Tapes From Africa the blog and/or DJ sets might be aware of my nagging obsession with South African singer and mid-school Tsonga disco [Shangaan disco] superstar Penny Penny. Thanks to Wills and Tshepong, longtime friends who ...
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"Those of you who've been following Awesome Tapes From Africa the blog and/or DJ sets might be aware of my nagging obsession with South African singer and mid-school Tsonga disco [Shangaan disco] superstar Penny Penny. Thanks to Wills and Tshepong, longtime friends who ...
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"HAILU MERGIA is a one-man band. In 1985 master accordionist and veteran bandleader/arranger/keyboardist released the "Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument cassette". In a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth, MERGIA gave ...
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"HAILU MERGIA is a one-man band. In 1985 master accordionist and veteran bandleader/arranger/keyboardist released the "Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument cassette". In a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth, MERGIA gave ...
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"Awesome Tapes from Africa reissues the 1987 cassette release from Mogadishu's Dur-Dur Band. Dur-Dur Band were one of the leaders of Mogadishu's musical community, fusing elements of traditional Somali music with Western jazz and pop vibes and adding in a dash of Middle ...
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BOLA - VOLUME 7 (2LP)

"His bold fury stems from the kologo (a two-stringed lute with a calabash gourd resonator) and Frafra language vocals, emitted in raspy bursts. Although he employs a traditional instrument and the age-old mode of griot story-telling, Bola embraces elements of ...
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BOLA - VOLUME 7 (CD)

"His bold fury stems from the kologo (a two-stringed lute with a calabash gourd resonator) and Frafra language vocals, emitted in raspy bursts. Although he employs a traditional instrument and the age-old mode of griot story-telling, Bola embraces elements of ...
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"This early recording - made in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 1982 - captures the dualities inherent in Dcoubmia's music from early on: a stripped down, raw backdrop supported by warm sonics; feminist expressions of social issues imparted through stark refrains." (label info)
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