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[Music] Awesome Tapes From Africa: An Interview with Brian Shimkovitz

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Awesome Tapes From Africa is lucky to have an owner who has a deep passion for the music he puts out. PopMatters.com lets Awesome head honcho Brian Shimkovitz hold court. It’s worth checking out Brian’s blog which started his interest in African music.

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[Music] Martin Hannett’s lost Homage to Delia Derbyshire finally released on vinyl

Another debt of thanks is owed to the good Al Clark, who posted this treasure on another account. Martin Hannett is known as the producer who brought the best out of so many bands from Factory Records. He put together this paean to English musique concrete composer Delia Derbyshire, who did wonders for the BBC’s …

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[Music] Various Artists – In The Void Presents: Nick Drake Tribute

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In The Void is an organization based in Istanbul, Turkey, which aims to introduce and support local voices and music formations, with different platforms and events. This is one of their first projects; a collection of covers of Nick Drake’s music done by local bands. The artists are of exceptionally good quality (I will point …

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[Music] Various – Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 / Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982-1989

FREQ Magazine blogs on two very interesting experimental music releases showcasing 80’s German electronic music, one from the East, and one from the West.

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[Music] Various Artists – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

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No need to gush over this, as Ostinato Records’ Bandcamp site tells the story beautifully: In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the …

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[Music] Three Interesting Articles from Bandcamp

“Batsumi” Is A South African Gem Made In The Face of Oppression A classic jazz album from South Africa is highlighted. Ken Vandermark’s Indefatigable Drive and Avant-Garde Vision The leading light of American free jazz speaks. The New Wave of East African Sound A good primer on what new music is popping up in the …

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[Music] Various Artists – The living strings I. (Exclusive musicformessier, Black Hill, Silent Island and whitecube single package)

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Csarnogurszky István is a guitarist out of Hungary whose work simply leaves you in a state of floating mellowness. This release is a compilation of some of the projects he works on, under various guises.

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