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Trotro
Trotro (12")
Cat: ATFA 022. Rel: 05 Jul 16
International
  1. Trotro (LP version) (4:57)
  2. Kotulo (4:46)
  3. Trotro (instrumental) (5:01)
  4. Gbe Ohe Coco (Mr Abbey) (2:48)
Played by: Hugo Mendez
 in stock $9.11
FORTHCOMING
Kanawa
Kanawa (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 039LP. Rel: 01 Feb 21
 
International
  1. Blonda Yirini
  2. Didadi
  3. Ndiagneko
  4. Djougoh
  5. Hine
  6. Kanawa
  7. Adjorobena
  8. Foliwilen
coming soon $21.10
FORTHCOMING
Kanawa
Kanawa (cassette)
Cat: ATFA 039CS. Rel: 08 Feb 21
 
International
  1. Blonda Yirini
  2. Didadi
  3. Ndiagneko
  4. Djougoh
  5. Hine
  6. Kanawa
  7. Adjorobena
  8. Foliwilen
coming soon $8.84
FORTHCOMING
Kanawa
Kanawa (CD)
Cat: ATFA 039CD. Rel: 29 Jan 21
 
International
  1. Yirini
  2. Ntamayon
  3. Ndiagneko
  4. Djougoh
  5. Hine
  6. Kanawa
  7. Adjorobena
  8. Foliwilen
coming soon $12.83
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 1
Cat: ATFA 035CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
International
  1. Kourouni
  2. Tou Dibile
  3. Tjefouroule
  4. Djankonia
  5. Nianimanjougou
  6. Sokono Woulouni
 in stock $13.39
Yene Mircha
Cat: ATFA 037LP. Rel: 27 Mar 20
International
  1. Semen Ena Debub (6:02)
  2. Yene Mircha (4:42)
  3. Bayne Lay Yihedal (5:10)
  4. Abichu Nega Nega (5:41)
  5. Yene Abeba (6:35)
  6. Shemendefer (6:26)
Review: Ethio-jazz legend Hailu Mergia is arguably one of Awesome Tapes From Africa's biggest success stories. After discovering that he was now driving a taxi in Washington, D.C, label boss Brian Shimkovitz reissued some of his old recordings before encouraging the keyboardist and accordion player to make new music. Mergia has been on the rise ever since. "Yene Mircha" is his second new album for ATFM and was recorded with a cast list of guest musicians, including mesenqo player Setegn Atanew, vocalist Tsehay Kassa, and saxophonist Moges Habte. It's surprisingly musically diverse, drawing together elements of jazz-funk, ethio-jazz, more up-tempo Ethiopian dance music and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, both dub and reggae.
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 in stock $21.95
Shaka Bundu
Shaka Bundu (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 008LP. Rel: 19 Nov 13
Deep House
  1. Shichangani
  2. Shibandza
  3. Ndzihere Bhi
  4. Dance Khomela
  5. Shaka Bundu
  6. Zirimini
  7. Milandu Bhe
  8. Shichangani (remix)
Review: A cool piece of post-Apartheid South African pop history, and a major success for the blog-turned label Awesome Tapes From Africa. Originally re-discovered by the site in 2010, it's taken the label three years to track down Penny Penny - who is now a South African politician! Unashamed early 90s dance-informed pop music with a Shangaan twist, it's a fine balance of catchy chants, warm synth work and lush female harmonies. Completely of its time... But that's the idea. Stunning.

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 in stock $23.66
Yogo Yogo
Yogo Yogo (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA030 LP. Rel: 09 Oct 20
Deep House
  1. Ibola Aids (6:28)
  2. Ingani (5:19)
  3. Amarumasi (5:44)
  4. Kulani Kulani (6:12)
  5. Hai Kamina (5:07)
  6. Yogo Yogo (5:35)
  7. Ti Samboko (6:01)
  8. Ama Owners (6:05)
 in stock $21.10
Yogo Yogo
Yogo Yogo (cassette)
Cat: ATFA 030CS. Rel: 09 Oct 20
Deep House
  1. Intro (1:07)
  2. Ibola Aids (6:30)
  3. Ingani (5:28)
  4. Amarumasi (5:58)
  5. Kulani Kulani (6:22)
  6. Dodomedzi (6:05)
  7. Hai Kamina (5:14)
  8. Yogo Yogo (5:42)
  9. Ti Samboko (6:10)
  10. Ama Owners (6:12)
  11. Kulani Kulaniii Remix (remix) (6:25)
 in stock $10.25
Yogo Yogo
Yogo Yogo (CD)
Cat: ATFA 030CD. Rel: 09 Oct 20
Deep House
  1. Ibola Aids
  2. Ingani
  3. Amarumasi
  4. Kulani Kulani
  5. Hai Kamina
  6. Dodomedzi (bonus track)
  7. Yogo Yogo
  8. Ti Samaboko
  9. Ama Owners
  10. Kulani Kulani (bonus track - remix)
 in stock $13.39
Bafana Bafana
Cat: ATFA 027LP. Rel: 20 Oct 17
International
  1. Bafana Bafana (4:36)
  2. Isidakwa (4:25)
  3. Via Botswana (4:14)
  4. Leave Me Alone (4:08)
  5. Kancane Kancane (4:41)
  6. Release Me (4:06)
  7. Zama Zama (4:19)
  8. Don't Say You Love Me (4:24)
Review: As a member of several chart-topping groups and an in-demand producer in his own right, Thami Mdluli was something of a superstar on South Africa's "bubblegum" scene during the 1980s. Yet as the decade progressed, it was for his club-focused instrumentals - released under the Professor Rhythm alias - that he became most celebrated. By the time this album was first released in 1995, he'd helped to develop the now celebrated "Kwaito" style of house-influenced South African dancefloor fusion. Bafana Bafana does contain some distinctive kwaito moments, but for the most part it just sounds like a gloriously South African take on mid 1990s U.S, Italian and British house music. Crucially, it's also superb, like some long lost '90s house album made in Jo'burg, rather than New Jersey.
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 in stock $21.95
Professor 3
Professor 3 (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 032LP. Rel: 01 Jun 18
International
  1. Uskamosothotsa (4:56)
  2. Ubohisa Kanna (4:35)
  3. Via Zimbabwe (5:04)
  4. Raditaba (Nozindaba) (4:52)
  5. Professor 3 (4:55)
  6. Zabalaza (4:10)
 in stock $18.53
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Amapiano Selections
Cat: ATFA 040LP. Rel: 19 Mar 21
International
  1. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Ambassadors" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula)
  2. Teno Afrika - "Storytellers"
  3. Teno Afrika - "8 Ubers" (Tribute To DJ Jaivane)
  4. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Conka" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula)
  5. Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Smooth Criminal" (main mix)
  6. Teno Afrika - "Lerato La Bass" (main mix)
  7. Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Trip To Vlakas"
  8. Teno Afrika - "Chants Of Africa"
coming soon $21.10
FORTHCOMING
Amapiano Selections
Cat: ATFA 040CD. Rel: 19 Mar 21
International
  1. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Ambassadors" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula)
  2. Teno Afrika - "Storytellers"
  3. Teno Afrika - "8 Ubers" (Tribute To DJ Jaivane)
  4. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Conka" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula)
  5. Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Smooth Criminal" (main mix)
  6. Teno Afrika - "Lerato La Bass" (main mix)
  7. Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Trip To Vlakas"
  8. Teno Afrika - "Chants Of Africa"
coming soon $12.83
707
707 (heavyweight vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 025LP. Rel: 19 May 17
International
  1. Money Money (Bananas) (4:36)
  2. 707 (4:22)
  3. Take Me High (4:45)
  4. Special Night (4:06)
Review: By 1988, South African producer "Om" Alex Khaoli had left his Afro-rock and Afro-soul past behind and was focused on his pioneering, synths-and-drum-machines-laden "bubblegum" project, Umoja. It was at this point that the ever-changing collective released 707, a mini-album whose four tracks all reached number one on the South African pop charts. As this Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue proves, it remains a fine set. We're particularly enjoying the bold synth riffs, elastic bass and breezy vocals of "Take Me High" and Fairlight-driven synth-pop wooziness of "Special Night", though eccentric opener "Money Money (Bananas)" - the set's most obviously South African sounding tune - is also brilliant.
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 in stock $14.54
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