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1 - ATA KAK - OBAA SIMA - (LP) 
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After an 8 year search, ATFA located mysterious Ghanaian internet sensation Ata Kak earlier this year. His 1994 cassette will be reissued in collaboration with the artist and his family.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Obaa Sima 02. Moma Yendodo 03. Adagya 04. Medofo 05. Daa Nyinaa 06. Yemmpa Aba 07. Bome Nnwom


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 01-04-2015
Item # : 473288     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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2 - DJ KATAPILA - TROTRO - (LP) 
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DJ Katapila makes Ga traditional music using electronic sounds instead of live percussion to create his own kind of what he calls house music. In the context of Ghana's pop music landscape, Katapila's music is singular. The uptempo, bass-heavy, Roland 808-rooted sounds echo early 1990's Detroit techno and Chicago acid house more than the contemporary hiplife productions blasting across Ghanaian airwaves currently. However, the structure of Katapila's sound directly descends from Ga musical lineage found around Accra. Neo-traditional dance music forms gome, kpanlogo and gyama are there. DJ Katapila didn't start producing music until he was 39 years old. Around 1998, began chanting and rapping in Twi and Ga during instrumental breaks of songs he was DJing. He added Yamaha DD11 electronic drum pads and sampler and invented new creations on the fly. Katapila then began experimenting with program beats using Fruity Loops on his laptop. His music reflects his love for the international dance pop that filtered into Accra's radio waves in the '90s: Inner City's "Big Fun"; C&C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat"; Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman"; even Rick Astley hits, among many others. Katapila mixed international tunes with highlife - J.A. City Boys and AB Crentsil - as well as hiplife, Ghanaian gospel, Jamaican dancehall, soca and regional Francophone hits. This blend helped set the stage for Trotro and the inspired yet minimalist dance music Katapila now creates.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Sakawa 02. Trotro 03. Cocoawra 04. Nkran Dokunu 05. Lalokat 06. Ice-inc 07. Zoomlion 08. Trotro (instrumental) 09. Cocoawra (angel)


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 26-02-2016
Item # : 485762     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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3 - DOUMBIA, NAHAWA - KANAWA - (LP) 
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TRACKLISTING: 01. Blonda Yirini 02. Didadi 03. Ndiagneko 04. Djougoh 05. Hine 06. Kanawa 07. Adjorobena 08. Foliwilen


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 12-02-2021
Item # : 547123     
Availability: IN STOCK
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4 - DOUMBIA, NAHAWA - LA GRANDE CANTATRICE MALIENNE VOL. 1 - (LP) 
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TRACKLISTING: 01. Kourouni 02. Tou Dibile 03. Tjefouroule 04. Djankonia 05. Nianimanjougou 06. Sokono Woulouni


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 11-10-2019
Item # : 537211     
Availability: IN STOCK
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5 - GEBREMARIAM, AWALOM - DESDES - (LP) 
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At the age of 28, Awalom Gebremariam arrived in the United States, following a years-long journey from Eritrea. He'd made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia several years ago and eventually attained asylum status for passage to America. But before he left his hometown, Eritrea's capital Asmara, he made his first and only recording so far, Desdes. In 2006, Awalom began to teach himself two of Eritreas most recognizable and important folk instruments, the wata and the krar. Although they have roots in traditional music, they are heard in most Eritrean folk and pop recordings. Awalom completed Desdes in 2007, not long before he departed Eritrea. Because Awalom left after the recording he never received any money for cassette and CD sales. But he also didn't get to find out how much of an impact the songs have had loc ally. His songs appear to focus on love, but Awalom isn't speaking about romantic love per se. Much of the music Awalom heard growing up was intertwined with Eritrea's difficult and contentious split from Ethiopia. In 2012, during a trip to Switzerland to help promote a film about biking in Eritrea, ATFA was given a copy of Desdes by fixed-gear bicycle athlete Patrick Seabase, the documentarys protagonist. Seabase gave a copy to ATFA founder Brian Shimkovitz as a gift and it later appeared on the ATFA blog. ! A few years later Shimkovitz was contacted by some agencies in North Carolina, where Awalom had settled. Through a translator very one decided to work together on a reissue of his recording. It took many months to source a clean master but now the album is ready and Awaloms goals are clear. He spent years waiting for the chance to escape economic and political turmoil at home. Now 29 and living in North Carolina, he works in a restaurant and plans to bring his music to Eritrean communities across North America as well as newer listeners with whom his powerful sounds and remarkable journey will deeply resonate

TRACKLISTING: 01. Desdes 02. Tehhelo 03. Teumat Chena 04. Aadu 05. Eritrea 06. Salel 07. Segamaye 08. Malegaanya 09. Gwaal Haagaraye 10. Showite Sigem


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 22-04-2016
Item # : 488182     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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6 - MERGIA, HAILU - HAILU MERGIA AND HIS CLASSICAL INSTRUMENT - (LP) 
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LP release by Hailu Mergia, the Ethiopian one-man-band accordion/keyboardist extraordinaire. Hailu made his name in Walias Band and later went on to do some visionary solo recordings. Hailu Mergia's beautiful and surprising 1985 foray into traditional Ethiopian songs via analog synth, electric piano and accordion has now been remastered.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Shemonmuanaye 02. Sewnetuwa 03. Laloye 04. Wegene 05. Hari Meru Meru 06. Amrew Demkew 07. Anchin Alay Alegn 08. Ambasel 09. Hebo Lale 10. Belew Beduby 11. Shilela


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 06-07-2013
Item # : 443409     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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7 - MERGIA, HAILU - YENE MIRCHA - (LP) 
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TRACKLISTING: 01. Semen Ena Debub 02. Yene Mircha 03. Bayne Lay Yihedal 04. Abichu Nega Nega 05. Yene Abeba 06. Shemendefer 07. Dibik Fikir

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Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 03-04-2020
Item # : 540586     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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8 - MERGIA, HAILU -AND THE WALIAS- - TCHE BELEW - (LP) 
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Tche Belew is a 1977 dynamo of instrumentals from this seminal Ethiopian jazz and funk ensemble. Featuring specail guest Mulatu Astatke and a who's-who of awesome musicians from the era, this full-length encapsulates all that is good and holy in Ethiopian popular music from the post-revolution period, a time of great political turmoil and the "Red Terror" campaign. Heavy stuff-so excited for you to hear this!


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 01-11-2014
Item # : 468676     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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9 - MERGIA, HAILU -AND THE WALIAS- - TCHE BELEW - (CD) 
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Tche Belew is a 1977 dynamo of instrumentals from this seminal Ethiopian jazz and funk ensemble. Featuring specail guest Mulatu Astatke and a who's-who of awesome musicians from the era, this full-length encapsulates all that is good and holy in Ethiopian popular music from the post-revolution period, a time of great political turmoil and the "Red Terror" campaign. Heavy stuff-so excited for you to hear this!


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 01-11-2014
Item # : 469519     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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10 - PENNY PENNY - SHAKA BUNDU - (LP) 
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First time repress from Penny Penny's debut recording Shaka Bundu, recorded in 1994; the album that launched a 34-year-old Penny Penny aka Giyani Kulani Kobane from the streets of Johannesburg to the national political spotlight.The remarkable story of South African singer and dancer Penny Penny is fit for Hollywood. A nearly homeless janitor without formal education gets a record deal, becomes a multi-platinum selling pop star, plays stadiums across Africa, then builds a career as a popular politician for Nelson Mandela's African National Congress party.


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 01-12-2013
Item # : 452019     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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11 - PENNY PENNY - YOGO YOGO - (LP) 
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Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 14-08-2020
Item # : 542629     
Availability: IN STOCK
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12 - SK KAKRABA - SONGS OF PAAPIEYE - (LP) 
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Intense solo instrumental music from Upper West, Ghana. Stark yet virtuosic, the sound is woody and dynamic. SK Kakraba is master of the gyil, a Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in his Lobi language.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Lubile Prai 02. Banyere Yo 03. Darifu 04. Darikpon Variations 05. Sopka 06. Guun


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 08-10-2015
Item # : 480668     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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