AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA//CIRCULATE MUSIC

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author: Lily Burford

 

 
 

Brian Shimkovitz, the face of Awesome Tapes from Africa, has made it his mission to showcase some of the rarest and most unusual music that circulates within Africa. Stemming from his interest in the West African ‘cassette tape culture’, Brian is managing to break down geographical barriers and introduce music which would otherwise remain unheard outside of small communities. 

Awesome Tapes from Africa includes a variety of different genres – from jazz and disco to what appears to be a take on slam poetry. The collection displays a diverse range of sounds which differ from the ‘typical’, more traditional, ideas surrounding African music style: Artist Ata Kak creates an enthralling dance vibe, compared to Aby Ngana’s form of musical poetry. 

Bringing a truly unique sound, this will be one of the places to discover.