Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
A recent find, this Nigerian Yoruba artist hailed from Ibadan, a city of 6 million people, about 80 miles north of Lagos.
According to this website, Dauda Epo-Akara (1943-2005) recorded over 80 albums; Discogs lists half a dozen. Based on the overall look of the cassette, I'm guessing "Omo Yoruba" is from the 1990s, possibly late 1980s.
Although the J-card and each side of the cassette list individual tracks, there is no break between them on either side; thus, our rips of Sides A and B consist of a single FLAC file each.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
This is a beautiful and hypnotic recording, as you can hear for yourself on last night's Bodega Pop Live program, where I played يا عشقين نبينا (Ya Âshqin Nabina) in the penultimate set.
Here's what Tim has to say about the cassette:
"Side 1 sounds like Aissawa-style religious songs, while Side 2 are melhoun-style songs in honor of the Prophet. Nice textures -- it's a modern chaâbi orchestra from the time before keyboards intruded into the texture. I can hear what sounds like electric guitar, bass, and drum set, along with the strings."
As Tim also noted: while someone named Mohamad el Marrakchi sounds as if they are from Marrakech, the music is "hella Fassi"; in polite English, from Fez. (Not surprising, considering this is a Fassi Disque tape.)
Side A: Hali ma yekhfaq yal wahed Rbbi (حالي ما يخفاق يالواحد ربي), Ya Âshqin Nabina (يا عشقين نبينا)
Side B, Track 1: Nta Lâziz ya Muhammad (انت العزيز يا محمد)
Side B, Track 2: Lhorm ya Rasul Allah (الحرم يا رسول الله)
As I mentioned a few days ago, I picked up somewhere around 40 cassettes at Nassem; now, I don't want to startle you, but I went back today and picked up at least another 30 -- I thought I had gotten everything, but ... no.
So, there's going to be a lot of cassette digitizing going on at the Bodega for the foreseeable future.
Please leave a comment of your own if you like what you hear. Your comments -- or lack thereof -- will make or break this blog's second wind.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Terrific, stripped-down cassette (two voices, string instrument, percussion) found in Nassem Halal Meat and Mediterranean Grocery on Steinway Street.
Translating that page, it looks like Abdullah's acting career took off in 1989 and that she withdrew from the art in the mid-90s to raise her kids; however, in 1994, she began releasing her first cassettes.
Here's a scan of the track list:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Saturday, October 3, 2020
SIDE AAl Amraouia - العمراويةHalekni B-Nnkhwa - هالكني بالنخوىLli jabtou lqudra ishki b-dnoubou - لي جابتو القدرة يشكي بدنوبوLhit - الهيتSayeh Bu Derbala - السايح بودربالةSIDE BSherqawi Buâbid - الشرقاوي بوعبيدBen Hsein - بن حسينÂla Lhoudoud hah - على الحدود هاهAl Halga - الحلـڭـة