DJ Mengie (NYC) & DJ XL Yafet

Massinko—DJ Mengie (NYC) & DJ XL Yafet

OK here’s something you don’t hear every day. In Bahar Dar I came across this NYC house-meets-Ethiopian traditional music cassette. I had to buy two copies, this one was so surprising. Blessed with Amharic club diva vocals, masinko riffs and an excellent I-don’t-give-a-fuck creative swagger, this is one of those unique recordings that keeps me interested in this Awesome Tapes From Africa project.

If you’re like me and you still cherish your 90s drum n bass/jungle mixtapes and/or you ever went to a rave back in the day, this tape might be extra compelling.


Side A
Track 1 
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7


Side B
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10
Track 11
Track 12
Track 13


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hello I need some help. I really want to own this Massinko tape but have no idea how to get hold of a copy. Help would be great thanks :)

April 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm
– In reply to: Asa

Hey Asa! You can download Massinko on soulseek. Its a great app for acquiring rare music

December 20, 2014 at 12:19 am

Keep it coming,I can play this in my yoga class.

April 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

This is so completely awesome it hurts.

June 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Would be nice to have some who knows the language to translate the track titles.

August 29, 2015 at 3:59 am

Hello people
Am really glad to find these web , thanks

Am from ethiopia , here is the title translation

“Masinko ” is a traditional musical instrument in ethiopia which works only with a Two strings , one going over the other !
Works very close with vaiolin
Hope it helps

February 8, 2016 at 12:39 am

Fantastic album!! Keeps me moving through the flat over an over ^^

March 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

Oh Lord, please give me the strength to find this recording in a better quality. so help me god.

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