[Music] Awesome Tapes From Africa: Aïcha Tachinwite

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Awesome Tapes From Africa has been releasing some utterly amazing music from all over the Continent, but it got its start as a blog sharing tapes that would otherwise never have exposure in the West.

This particular tape features Moroccan Berber singer Aïcha Tachinwite (also transliterated as Tachinouite), a fine recording of disco-influenced Arabic music.  The only issue with this tape will be trying to find a track listing.  Otherwise, this is a gem.

[Music/Culture] The Bard of the Caucasus: Armenian, Azeri, and Georgian Legacies of Sayat-Nova

It is truly a shame that such a treasure like Sayat-Nova, whose works were written in Armenian, Azeri, Georgian and Russia has been turned into a tool for nationalism.

Kamyar Jarahzadeh writes a wonderful article on the legendary band here for Ajam Media Collective.