Awesome Tapes

By admin • • 23 Dec 2021

DJ – Berlin, DE

Since 2006, Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa blog has been shedding light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent. As a DJ he brings the blog to life with 2-3 hour sets blending folkloric pop, left-field dancefloor gems and hip-hop bangers. Traveling from club to festival to DIY space, Awesome Tapes DJ sets celebrate the music and musicians whose cassettes Shimkovitz has collected over the years. In 2011, the project developed into a critically acclaimed label, re-releasing records and launching new recordings by legendary and emerging artists including Ata Kak, Nahawa Doumbia Dur-Dur Band, Hailu Mergia, Teno Afrika and Penny Penny.  His DJ sets on twin tape decks explore deep, regional sounds using analog-anchored agility not heard or seen anywhere else.

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