Yahaya Alhaji Zakari and his Awaye Group — Vol. 4 Abin Dunia

I like this guy’s jacket. I also like Yahaya Alhaji Zakari’s squeaky voice, or perhaps that’s the just the heat-and-dust warbled tape. The tape is a bootleg of another—its cover is a crooked photocopy and the recording just sounds distant. The distortion is particularly intense, in a good way I think. The mix here is fun too: the bass drum, which seems to lead the whole crew, is louder than pretty much everything else. It sounds like a bass-heavy system playing out of a shitty car, loose pieces vibrating each time the bass hits.

I bought this tape in Ghana on the main drag of a place in the capital called Nima. The neighborhood cassette stands in Nima are great because you can find music and movies from all over West Africa, especially Muslim regions. Nima has a higher population of Muslims than most other parts of Accra. The reason for this tangent is you can tell from this artist’s name that he is Muslim. That’s about all I know about this one.

N.B.: You might be wondering why the track order of the downloads is slightly different than the track list on the casette cover. Many of the most Awesome Tapes From Africa contain baffling errors on the cassette covers, labels, and/or recorded program. There’s often a good amount of guesswork in deciphering these tapes…


Side A
Abin Dunia
Saamun Woni
Munriga Mungane


Side B
Muuni Yaaran Super
Seidi Alama
Kubarr Haasada
Ganin Mohammadu


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Spencer Owenreply
April 24, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Really cool, but … where’s side two of Chepkwony?

I know, I know, must remain grateful. But that shit kicked!

April 24, 2007 at 10:39 pm

side two is coming of Chepkwony. hold your horses, my friend.

glad you enjoyed that one! props due to josh in DC for that tape and others to come. stay tuned.

Spencer Owenreply
April 25, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Excellent. No rush, in reality, but I just wanted to make sure it hadn’t been forgotten.

Love this blog.

Spencer Owenreply
April 25, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Hah, bizarre- I left that comment *exactly* 24 hours after my last comment.

October 26, 2008 at 1:42 pm

any chance of this stuff getting a repost?

dug the other blessed gregory productions quite a bit.

April 21, 2009 at 11:56 pm

First of all, ¡AMAZING BLOG!

Secondly; strange…tracks ‘abin dunia’ + ‘seidi alama’ are up, but the others aren’t. any chance of that changing?


July 13, 2009 at 1:11 am

Re-up please please please please please!

November 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

ok, i have re-loaded this one! enjoy

December 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm

“It sounds like a bass-heavy system playing out of a shitty car, loose pieces vibrating each time the bass hits.”

I take it I drove by you one day..


Cheers from Miami. Love the blog.

May 24, 2010 at 7:15 am

I used Audacity’s “change speed” effect on Seidi Alama: 10% reduction seems better than 5% or 20% but I guess I could spend all night fiddling with it… Anyway, WOW, totally different vibe, very loose and relaxed… I think I’ll try it on the rest!

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Speaking of Zakari, I finally finished making a test of slowing-down the songs. I got inspired by a Robert Johnson post over at Global Groovers, and started experimenting with Seidi Alama. Less 9% seemed perfect, so I just applied that to all songs, without any individual fiddling. Hope at least one person downloads it AND enjoys it… Abin Dunia was always my favorite tape, and now it sounds like a whole new tape that I’ve never even heard before! Thank you, Mr. Awesome Tapes Dude for posting it in the first place. I remember you said you were cool with the idea of my experiment. Its not to take anything away from you, b.c without you I wouldn’t even have been having so much fun with it!

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