Cheik El Meskine

Cheikh El Meskine

More ill smokey flute incantations from Algeria. Why not?

Belated link to Awesome Tapes from Africa mention in this New York Times story about American indie labels confessing their collective crush on African music.

Big ups to the people of Baltimore, who seriously brought the ruckus at the STR8 CAVIN party over the weekend.


Side A
Fatma El Hob Saib
Datni Essakra
Bagat Tchaouar


Side B
Shab El Mehahel
Rahi Maouïla
Maktoub Rabi


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

February 8, 2011 at 2:07 am

Damn, that opening track is the bomb…

February 8, 2011 at 4:28 am

Powerful, energetic tunes. Surely one to not skip downloading!
I am already eagerly awaiting the next upload.

Love and Positivity from MidWest America, where we need the warmth of African jams in this harsh winter.

February 8, 2011 at 5:59 am

beautiful. i love it when you post stuff…

February 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for this.

Is it just me, or does it look like the guy on the cover is hanging from a lamp-post?

February 9, 2011 at 12:03 am

Re: the NYT article. I’ll bet Moos is jealous.

February 9, 2011 at 2:19 am

Yeah! and that’s another great masterpiece.

Tim Abdellahreply
February 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Oh yeah! Always ready for some more good old-school folk-rai! Thanks.

February 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

well, how about Libya? at the very least, I’ll bet they’ll be in the news, soon enough… right there between Tunisia and Egypt, after all… Seriously, though, any Libyan music?

Thank you!!!


February 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

the dude does look like he’s hanging from the lampost, b/t/w… hahaha, John Baldesari would love it

February 13, 2011 at 2:14 am

wow thanks

Mark Thuesenreply
February 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

wow, great songs, thanks.
mark thuesen

February 15, 2011 at 3:08 am

do you have something special planned for the 5th year anniversary of ATFA in April?

Dorian Doumareply
February 16, 2011 at 3:26 am

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Another Africa // Misslareply
February 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Absolutely love love Awesome Tapes from Africa! Thank you for putting the time and energy to share this treasure trove of music with us!

Many thanks,

March 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Really good one and I just want to say: This is a truly awesome blog! Keep it up!

Scott Batemanreply
June 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I’m listening to this right now–magnificent!

Dorian Doumareply
June 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Another beautiful find, thanks so much for sharing these!

August 4, 2011 at 3:23 am

wowww great song fom morroco
big thnx for sharing

June 3, 2012 at 12:14 am

absolutely brilliant….I’m trying to find out more about the artist. Wow.

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