baba ndongo

Baba Ndongo – l’Album Acoustique Pulaar

So it turns out Paris is a mecca for Awesome Tapes from Africa. There are shops selling North and West African music all over the place.

It also turns out I didn’t need to go all the way to France to find this tape for sale: you can purchase it at iTunes. Considering how bananas this recording of laid back, exquisitely performed Pulaar instrumental ensemble music is….

Playing African tapes in Germany and France last couple weeks was great fun, I met so many enthusiastic and knowledge people. And many of them fucking dance. Thanks to everyone for helping make it a big success.

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ set with Sonido Chichadelico and my boy Professor DJ Rainstick via Cool Places Soundsystem at Zebulon in Williamsburg this Saturday, June 19 10pm-4am, free. Examine the flier Tony made, at your own risk.


Face A
Kali Alfa
Jam Jam
Fanay Ndooro


Face B
Hammadi Gaynaako
Teddungal Abdul Aata
Meer Biige


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

JU MLreply
June 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

This tape kicks me in the face and steals my rucksack. What is Pulaar music though? I’d never head of it before. Where’s it from? Any info about this awesome tape would be appreciated.

June 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

the music is exellent (as always), but you better check your cables. some serious drop-outs on the audio.


June 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Pulaar = Fulani, a nomadic or semi-nomadic cattle-rearing people living all over west-Africa, from Senegal to Cameroon. Check Wikipedia for more info.
Well-known west-African musicians with a Fulani background are Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck.

BTW I recognize the word herdsman in one of the titles – “Gaynaako” – about the only word I know in Fulfuldé :-).

June 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Where’s a good place to watch Ghana World Cup matches in NYC-area? I’m going to be out there this coming week. Thought Mr. Awesome Tapes might now what’s what.

June 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I had a great time watching the Ivory Coast game on Sunday at Grand Dakar in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, which is owned by a super friendly Senegalese guy. Around the Tremont B/D subway station in the Bronx there are a lot of Ghanaian businesses and i am sure you could pop in to some joint and have a pretty lively time there as well.

The Vangelisreply
June 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

wonderful – thanks… : )

June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Thank you so much. I only wished you would upload all this gems as a lossless file format like FLAC.

Why not?

June 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

as per the post above, this music is available for purchase. so buy it. i don’t upload flac, etc files because i don’t have time to sit around and wait all day for tracks to process/upload. contrary to what this blog may exhibit, i DO have a life outside african tapes!

June 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for the WC viewing tips. Peace!

June 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Zebulon in Brooklyn also shows every single game, projected huge and loud!

June 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

More Pulaar:

July 21, 2010 at 2:09 am

Also sold on emusic, as are many of your selections.
Thanks for everything.

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