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Awesome Tapes From Africa Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records

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Na Hawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3

Hailu Mergia
Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

Asnakech Worku

Awesome Tapes From Africa do it again. The label’s newest treat comes courtesy of late Ethiopian singer, actress and iconoclast Asnakech Worku. Her Askanech...view item »

Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Tche Belew

This long-lost LP of cross-cultural soul-funk-infused Ethio-jazz instrumentals from 1977 is considered one of the most important recordings of the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The Walias were formed in the early '70s in Addis Ababa by keyboardist and arranger Hailu Mergia, cutting a series of 45s with various singers as well as this entirel...view item »

Ata Kak
Obaa Sima

Awesome Tapes from Africa is doing great work by bringing Africa’s finest musicians to European ears. Ata Kak was the first post on their blog, and we are happy that Obaa Sima has finally made it onto vinyl as well. The album displays a soulful enthusiasm and musical prowess straight from 1994 Ghana....view item »

Hailu Mergia
Yegojam Marnesh / Yegle Nesh

Organist and keyboard player supreme Hailu Mergia could legitimately lay claim to the title Prince Funk of Ethiopia, should such a notion become reality. Swiftly following on from Lala Belu -- his first new LP in 15 years -- arrives this new 45rpm 7" on Awesome Tapes From Africa. The two tracks -- Y...view item »

Jess Sah Bi & Peter One
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

An altogether calmer release than we’ve come to expect from Awesome Tapes From Africa here. Jess Sah Bi & Peter One were a duo famous throughout West Africa in the 1980s. Combining the songwriting techniques of their native Ivory Coast with American and British folk styles, they hit upon a great formul...view item »

Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo

Hailu Mergia recorded Wede Harer Guzo with his Dahlak Band in Addis Ababa in 1978, during breaks from spreading wonderful party dancing among the hotels and clubs of the city. This is the very first time these recordings have been made commercially available outside of Ethiopia: celebrate! On Awesome Ta...view item »

Professor Rhythm
Professor 3

Reissue of classic Professor Rhythm album first released in 1991. This album was released around the time hip-hop and house were starting to have an influence in South Africa, while still retaining much of the mbaqanga and bubblegum sounds that had been popular before. Released by the uh.. Awesome Tapes from Af...view item »

DJ Katapila

Ghana’s DJ Katapila returns to Awesome Tapes From Africa for this EP of funky pan-African party music. In Katapila’s own words, these four tracks follow a simple equation for dancefloor success - “Francophone rhythms plus techno equals hot and danceable”. Amen. The likes of the title trac...view item »

Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. B...view item »

Dur-Dur Band
Volume 5

Professor Rhythm
Bafana Bafana

Awesome Tapes From Africa’s unceasing quest to widely circulate gems of African music continues with Professor Rhythm’s 1990’s house album Bafana Bafana. ...view item »

Om Alec Khaoli
Say You Love Me

From 1985, here is an EP from bass-playing South African songwriter Om Alec Khaoli, created under his own conditions in defiance of the racist apartheid regime. Say You Love Me is a four track set of joyful funky widescreen pop music that you are just going to love. 12” and CD reissues on Awesome Tapes From Africa...view item »


Umoja was the bubblegum pop project of South African musical all-rounder Alec Khaoli. Their crucial album 707 was released in 1988 (at the heart of apartheid) with the intention of bringing people together across race boundaries. In doing so, 707 also defined the bubblegum music style. Now reis...view item »

Awa Poulo
Poulo Warali

Awo Poulo is a Malian singer playing and living within the Peulh tradition. The hallmarks of this sound include flutes, n’goni and calabash gourd percussion, to which Poulo adds elements from a broader array of Malian music. Poulo Warali is a beautiful introduction into her instantly engaging musi...view item »

Volume 7

No! Don't call the record label that! No, No, No. Ok, let's start again, talking about the music this time. This is really great stuff straight outta Ghana. Musically it consists of repetitive beats overladen by two stringed lute, simple but enormously effective. Over the evocative rhythm...view item »

DJ Katapila
Trotro + Bonus Tracks

Awesome Tapes From Africa presents 4 cuts from Ghanaian producer DJ Katapila, who is clearly a force to be reckoned with. These tracks are clean and minimal but also packed with rhythms, leading to frantic dance movements. A well-placed drop of a Katapila tune could really boil things over in the club. 2 of the ...view item »

Awalom Gebremariam

Desdes is a 2007 recording from Eritrean artist Awalom Gebremariam, using the traditional instruments of the krar and the wata. As a cassette and CD release it went down well in Eritrea, but Awesome Tapes From Africa tracked down Awalom (now residing in North Carolina) to get his blessing for a reissue:...view item »

DJ Katapila

The always reliable Awesome Tapes From Africa return with this ace CD and double vinyl LP from DJ Katapila. Trotro is a fast-paced mash-up of Ghanaian traditional music and modern technology. Katapila sings, shouts and chants over backing that sounds as if it had been beamed from the golden age ...view item »

Ata Kak
Obaa Sima / Adagya

The legend of Ata Kak continues to gain traction with super-catchy single Obaa Sima getting the vinyl treatment. Gloriously infectious dance music heralded by the likes of Gilles Peterson, the lo-fi styling of Obaa Sima was committed to tape in 1993 and still sounds fresh today. Out on 12”...view item »
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SK Kakraba
Songs of Paapieye

SK Kakraba plays a Ghanaian xylophone called the gyil, and Songs Of Paapieye gives us the instrument pure and unaccompanied. There is a welcome buzz to the tone that will be familiar to Konono No. 1 fans, and an inventiveness to Kakraba’s versions of traditional and original tunes...view item »

Ata Kak
Daa Nyinaa / Bome Nnwom

Once obscure, now the stuff of legend Ata Kak’s infectious dance music gets even more exposure here. Daa Nyinaa was recorded way back in 1993 and more than stands up for itself in the current electronic climate. Packed with repetitive melodies. Out on 12” vinyl from Awesome Tapes From Africa....view item »
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Hailu Mergia
Musicawi Silt / Tche Belew

Sick of reminiscing over the 1970s Ethiopian pop funk scene with 240p youtube videos? Well you’re damn right! Here’s an opportunity to acquire Hailu Mergia’s classic Musicawi Silt/Tche Belew as it was intended (but never released): on 7 inch vinyl! The beat just keeps going while the horns and solos sh...view item »
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Aby Ngana Diop

Awesome Tapes From Africa with another reissue here; this one hopes to break Senegal's Aby Ngana Diop, a famous taasu singer/speaker whose poems and prose were backed by tama percussion. 'Liital' is notable for the striking rhythms Diop creates with her words and the lyrical way her backing vocalists respond. 'Liital' was her only release, initi...view item »
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Penny Penny
Shaka Bundu

Awesome Tapes from Africa have been at it again, this week they’re dropping a reissue of the 1994 debut by South African singer Penny Penny, a man with an astonishing backstory. The last of 68 children sired by his father, his family couldn’t afford to educate him and he ended up workin...view item »
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