March 27, 2012

Video: Bola - Tigantabame


After making the leap from blog to label Awesome Tapes from Africa released their inaugural record, Nâ Hawa Doumbia's La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Volume 3. In keeping with their tradition of oblique album titles with not so much explanation they've announced that their second album, this time with Ghanan musician Bola, is called even more simply Volume 7. Upping the ante, huh? The label's circulating the above video, which has an hilarious near four minute long introduction... after which it basically continues being hilarious, but the music will have started after that point. You can also stream "Abayetidu Ma" below if you want to get a fair impression of what to expect from Volume 7. From Awesome Tapes...
Volume 7, which came out in 2009, is just one entry in a brilliant series of recordings Bola has released on CD and cassette. Although he employs a traditional instrument and the age-old mode of griot story-telling, Bola embraces elements of up-to-the-minute mainstream Ghanaian music—drum machines, synths, bone-shaking bass. Inspired by pioneering kologo greats like King Ayisoba, Bola has taken a dynamic instrument used by traditional healers and herbalists to sing to god in search of advice and taken it to futuristic heights.
(via Tiny Mix Tapes)

Stream/Download: Bola - Abayetidu Ma

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