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Ami Koïta – Mory Djoa

Side A
Mory Djo
Djoliba Kono
Defa Wane

Side B
Hadja Bila
Hampate Ba

Synth-laden griot brilliance circa 1989 from one of Mali’s crucial vocal goddesses. I used to write this tape off (Track 3 is a bit wooden) but lately I’m feeling the arrangements and undulating rhythms.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set at the new Lovers Rock night at Tandem in Bushwick, with DJ MI AMI and Driphouse this Thursday, January 20.


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January 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

since I found your blog I find that the more distance between posts, the more anxious I get for the next one! looking forward to giving this one a full listen. I usually write off the syth-laden ‘feel-good’ tunes as way behind the times (from an American perspective), but it’s growing on me!

January 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

P.S. Major props for taking care of ID3 tags before you upload. My music collection thanks you!

January 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

Great work. I’ve been following this blog for a few years, and it’s part of the inspiration for a new project I’m trying–Raw Music International, a TV show about underground music scenes in overlooked corners of the world. The first episode is in Kisumu, Kenya. I think fans of this site would be interested, so please check it out. Here’s a sample:

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Thank you, and much love to music around the world.

January 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

really cool stuff. wish i could find more blogs like this.. know of any?

January 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm


these are my two favorites
also, check out some albums from the Sublime Frequencies label (Group Doueh will be right up your alley if you like this blog)

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January 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hey this is an awesome collection.My mom had a mix tape of some new africa music from the 80s. It was so amazing and funky. Unfortunately, it is lost and I have no clue who any of the artists were (except for one, Sunny Ade). I have been searching all over the web trying to find this song that is so cool. It starts out with a man who says “Ooh la la la la la la la la la la la…. OOOH LA LA!!!!” It is such an awesome song with this weird robotic voice throughout it. Have you heard this song/know who the artist is?

January 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

You should get an award. This blog is magical. Keep it up, or else.

January 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

the melody or mory djo is so so good.
at the beginning and near the end.

June 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

wow! What a voice!!!!! And such cool, hypnotic grooves.

July 19, 2011 at 7:06 am

Thanks for this.
And also for the whole blog, it’s a house full of treasures .

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