13/01/13 w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa

13/01/13 w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa

I’ve been trying to get Brian Shimkovitz on the show since 2009, after seeing him DJ his wild Awesome Tapes From Africa at a party in NYC. Taking the concept of digging to the next level, the trained ethnomusicologist has accumulated hundreds of rare African cassettes, sharing his bounty through his cult blog and wheeling them around the globe as a touring DJ. Perserving material that is far from the continent’s typically known afro funk, he’s uncovered everything from 80s stadium pop to low tech hip hop, drum n bass divas, Fuji music and raw psychedelia. It was fascinating to watch him weave his magic in the studio – manually cueing up cassettes on the fly (conveniently most artists put their strongest song as track 1 on side A), fighting malfunctions and mixing somewhat fluidly. If only we had the foresight to record the director’s commentary. Each selection had an incredible story behind it, often involving Brian hunting down a non-English speaking relative of the deceased artist. In his trade, “people digging” is more exhausting than sourcing the music itself.

After ramming two parties last weekend, Brian will be playing an encore set at the Toff tonight (Monday 14 January) as part of our Stiff Drink residency with Michael Ozone and Roman Wafers. Your last chance to see him do his thing in an intimate setting. Free entry on the carriage side. Kicking off at 7PM with our guest pressing play at 10.


sasac – all pleasures
turquoise summers – finess her (to undress her instrumental)
jay jay johnson – dancing on the stars (piano version)
unique blend – waiting for you baby
s.d. ivey – same thing (to keep her)
exit – detroit leaning
andre lavonne – attitude
checker kabb – by my side (instr)
andras fox – workout (edit)
gilla – go down mainstreet
sweet clover – you’re what i need (spaziale edit)
ariane larteguy – eva tango
m’bamina – kilowi-kilowi
eddie hooper & storm – pass it on

**brian shimkovitz (awesome tapes from africa) mix**

dialy ibrahima seck & fatou mbaye – foy moudie
super etoile – ndakarou
sikiru ayinde barrister – fuji garbage
i.k. dairo (mbe) and his blue spot band – hungry for love
samaya djely dite – matigi
walyabhe foute de binta laly sow – walyabhe foute
les escrocs – moussow
jaliba kuyateh – salifu ki jaiteh
yvonne chaka chaka – sangoma
georges ouĂ©draogo – cherrie coco
mamar kassey – maide egonga
aby ngana diop – ndame
souleymane sibidĂ© – modi djembe
ebenezer obey – anjade loni eledumare
dr wasiu ayinde barrister – american tips
mauritania music – from morocco

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