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Simon’s Slow Music from Africa mixtape


My friend Simon has a pretty impressive collection of vinyl from Africa, well, actually from all over. But he seems to be growing his African selection a lot lately. He sent me this mixtape the other day and I wanted to share it with you people. Dude is on his way to Guinea to make a film about children and music drawing peace pictures. If this very concept strikes your fancy, as it does mine, you should write to Simon and tell him “good luck/you’re mad” at drawingpeace at gmail dot com.

Download this mix of obscure West African music here.

Above is a photo of the records on the mixtape, which Simon provided in the interest of “blog continuity.” What a chill guy that Simon is…


Paulson Kalu – Dick Tiger A Naa (Nigeria)
Rex Lawson – Osuala Oru Enene (Nigeria)
Yamoah’s Band – Saman Me (Ghana)
African Brothers Dance Band – Mmobrowa (Ghana)
Black Dragons – Emalon Ni Hokowo (Benin)
Sorry Bamba – M’makono ‘Attends-Moi’ (Mali)
Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée – J.R.D.A. (Guinea)
Star Number One – Waalo (Senegal)
Number One du Senegal – Mory (Senegal)
Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako – Koro Koni (Mali)
Camayenne Sofa – Wayalangaï (Guinea)
F. Kenya – Ewule Adoma Kuma (Ghana)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Nous Avons Gagne (Benin)
Achille Johnny – Mede Woui (Benin)
Demba Camara et son Groupe – Exhumation Folklorique (Guinea)


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

July 12, 2007 at 6:34 am

Sincerest thanks thursdayborn and simon for the slow music mix tape. What a fabulous comp, the love and care that went into it is highly appreciated.

Thank you to you both for making Awesome Africa one of the most valuable stops in the sharity blogosphere for music fans of all stripes.


Mr Blisterreply
July 12, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Awesome indeed. Thank you.

July 12, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Absolutely love this blog!

July 17, 2007 at 12:10 am

get more stuff online! this is THE GREATEST BLOG EVER!

well, next to Rush Limbaugh’s.

July 24, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Came across this blog while researching music and pop culture in Ghana. It’s fantastic! Would you mind if I contacted you directly to ask you a couple of questions for a project I’m working on?

July 26, 2007 at 10:07 pm

sure thing, mildred. brianshimkovitz [at] yahoo [dot] com.

August 17, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Superb stuff, any chance of adding timings to the track listing, or roughly halfway through?

Mainly what is track 52′ ?

August 29, 2007 at 7:30 am

What a wonderful music. Just what I was searching for and didn’t know. Was the soundtrack for my birthday.

Thanks for the blog and Simon for the mix.

September 13, 2007 at 10:13 pm

A superb mix from a superb site….)

September 29, 2007 at 11:34 pm

thanks everyone

October 28, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Waoo !

beautiful selection !! soulful and sensitive ! enlights my first winter’s sunday afternoon…


December 21, 2007 at 1:21 pm


Superior blog, superb music: it’s as simple as that!

Just would like to mention a minor detail: the track listed as “black dragons – emalon ni hokowo” is actually by “Nestor Hountondji accompagné par les Volcans de Porto Novo”. ‘Black dragons’ is the name of the label that issued this 45 as BD 0002.
Though I’d mention it in case some folks who dig this mix (everyone, right?) would like to search for its tracks.

Keep up the truly excellent work,
and have a nice one!

December 25, 2007 at 11:16 am

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December 25, 2007 at 11:33 am

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December 27, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Just as a friendly gesture (it’s Xmas after all) here’s my version of the track timings for the West African mix-tape, give or take a couple of seconds here and there. Hope it’s of use to some of you. All the best.

Paulson Kalu – Dick Tiger A Naa (Nigeria) 3:55
Rex Lawson – Osuala Oru Enene (Nigeria) 2:55
Yamoah’s Band – Saman Me (Ghana) 4:27
African Brothers Dance Band – Mmobrowa (Ghana) 3:05
Nestor Houtondji – Emalon Ni Hokowo (Benin) 4:32
Sorry Bamba – M’makono ‘Attends-Moi’ (Mali) 5:15
Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée – J.R.D.A. (Guinea) 3:30
Star Number One – Waalo (Senegal) 5:46
Number One du Senegal – Mory (Senegal) 7:50
Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako – Koro Koni (Mali) 6:35
Camayenne Sofa – Wayalangaï (Guinea) 4:05
F. Kenya – Ewule Adoma Kuma (Ghana) 4:50
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Nous Avons Gagne (Benin) 4:55
Achille Johnny – Mede Woui (Benin) 5:56
Demba Camara et son Groupe – Exhumation Folklorique (Guinea) 7:15

September 23, 2008 at 2:34 am

I don’t have much to add to the (much-deserved) accolades already given to this fantastic mixtape, I just wanted to add a list I thought some might find helpful (in the spirit of the Xmas poster). Since all the tracks are offered as one continuous mp3, I worked out the time at which each track ends. This is roughly the time that the next one starts, of course, although the crossfading means the numbers are a bit fudged on either side (especially the last two tracks, which have an exceptionally long period of crossfading).

Hope someone finds this helpful!

1. Paulson Kalu – Dick Tiger A Naa (Nigeria) 3:53
2. Rex Lawson – Osuala Oru Enene (Nigeria) 6:50
3. Yamoah’s Band – Saman Me (Ghana) 11:16
4. African Brothers Dance Band – Mmobrowa (Ghana) 14:20
5. Nestor Hountondji [accompagné par les Volcans de Porto Novo] – Emalon Ni Hokowo (Benin) 18:48
6. Sorry Bamba – M’makono ‘Attends-Moi’ (Mali) 24:06
7. Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée – J.R.D.A. (Guinea) 27:34
8. Star Number One – Waalo (Senegal) 33:22
9. Number One du Senegal – Mory (Senegal) 41:10
10. Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako – Koro Koni (Mali) 47:43
11. Camayenne Sofa – Wayalangaï (Guinea) 51:50
12. F. Kenya – Ewule Adoma Kuma (Ghana) 56:38
13. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Nous Avons Gagne (Benin) 1:01:33
14. Achille Johnny – Mede Woui (Benin) 1:07:33
15. Demba Camara et son Groupe – Exhumation Folklorique (Guinea) 1:14:55

(p.s. – If you’re putting this on your iPod, I have one further suggestion. If you cut and paste this list into the “lyrics” section under the “get info” menu for this track, you can look up the track list and beginning/end times by clicking the center button until it comes up. Maybe this is obvious to the more tech savvy among you, but that’s the first use I’ve ever discovered for the lyrics function on iTunes!)

October 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm

thanks so much for this just what i was looking for – do you have any sierra leonean music, cant seem to find any??

October 24, 2008 at 3:21 am

Hi this site is incredible…thank you…!!!!!
I LOVE the cover scans…!

The link for “Simon’s Slow Music from Africa mixtape” seems to be broken…can you repost? I’m not getting anything from zshare…


November 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm

simon re-loaded the mix with a new link, you may now download.

thanks for letting me know!

January 6, 2009 at 8:00 am

this blog leaves me astounded. absolutely blown away. thank you so much for sharing.

January 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

This mixtape is so good, so relax and profound at the same time. I found myself listening to it very often.

WE WANT A VOL.2 !!!!!!!!!

March 30, 2009 at 4:07 am

Great mix! Thank you!

April 13, 2009 at 7:59 pm

can’t stop listening to this. thank you so much for sharing.

June 7, 2009 at 9:07 am

In stead of the jumping, funky grooving soundz, there`s also this part of African music, mellow, teasrjearking and evenmore heartbeating. I recommend to listen also to Royal Band “N`Dongo Dara” & Canari de Kaolack “Sutu Kun” , both from Senegal, and available on cd on the DakarSound label, superb slow music

June 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

african music is pure sweetness

thanx for this mixtape
‘been a fan of this blog for a few months now

especially the Ethiopian music has stolen my heart

i’m a fan of the african rap as wel

keep it posting!

greetz from Belgium


December 28, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Happy new year.
nice link. I like it so much. this link is very useful to every body. very nice posting


March 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Thank you so much for this. Still repping in 2010.


October 21, 2010 at 11:18 pm

fantastic. thanks for introducing me to these amazing artists. also really good to get the country of origin in the file name, thanks for that also!

January 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for this amazing mix tape, nice of you to share.

February 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm

This download takes me to sendspace which downloads a tiff my computer is not new enough to open. Is there another way to download? I will pay if necessary! I have and love Volume 2 – can’t wait to hear Volume 1.

Michael Treply
June 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

There appears to be a problem with sendspace, although the file is there it cannot be downloaded. Please fix, appreciated as Vol 2 is so good!

Michael Treply
June 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Really good of you…I look forward to enjoying it for the next 10! Happy summer.

September 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Great mix, Simon! I really enjoyed vol 2 and would love to hear vol 1 as well, but the newest mediafire download link is giving “Permission denied.” I also tried to search on Soundcloud but all of them are of vol 2. Would love if someone could share the mix with us, the 2017 generation of fans [=

Ace F’reallyreply
July 24, 2018 at 3:11 am

Hi Simon, and ATFA
So great of you to re-up again. July 2018, and still live – I’m thrilled to find this and can’t wait to listen.
Cheers, Ace

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