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Gottwood Spotlight #1

Posted on October 19 2016

AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA   [youtube]   Bearded Californian musician, Brian Shimkovitz was on a Fulbright scholarship in Ghana when he first developed an interest in the diverse cassette culture of the region. Soon, his blog exploring this seldom-heard pool of music gathered international acclaim and morphed into a record label. The aim of that label was to take West African sounds that were only obtainable from market sellers and hawkers in the region and make them available online.   With an essentially bottomless resource of unheard music, Shimkovitz has made him self quite a reputation in the last year. His sets range from old highlife to West-coast soul, from African disco to curious experiments with imported synths. At the beginning of 2016, he committed to releasing one African record a day via his website. For the most part, he has managed to do this. Even more surprising is the fact that not once yet has one of these records been of even middling quality. The sun might shine brighter in Ghana than in Anglesey but Awesome Tapes From Africa can be sure to bring to deliver a warming afternoon set full of exotic disco.   Label Website: Facebook: Soundcloud:


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