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August 5, 2013 8:14 AM   Subscribe

Les disques africains collects, rips, and uploads out-of-print records (and their sleeves!) from the golden age of vinyl in francophone Africa. Don't miss la belle chanteuse Sali Sidibé, psychedelic grooves from Benin, or this incredible 35-minute oral-musical history of Bobo-Dioulasso. New posts appear, as if by some rare magic, every three to four days.
posted by theodolite (15 comments total) 99 users marked this as a favorite
Lord have mercy. I just clicked on a random thing and it was crazy awesome, and beyond obscure. Now working through the soukous entries. I might just throw away all my records and listen to this from now on.
posted by Fnarf at 9:01 AM on August 5, 2013 [2 favorites]

Well, this sure is awesome...
posted by rollbiz at 9:06 AM on August 5, 2013

Yeah this is fantastic, mille fois merci.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 9:45 AM on August 5, 2013

This is really really brilliant. Favorited a hundred times over..
posted by ReeMonster at 9:52 AM on August 5, 2013

i'm about to go innnnnnnnnnn on this. THANK YOU
posted by raihan_ at 10:16 AM on August 5, 2013

Supercool! thank you.
posted by Divine_Wino at 10:57 AM on August 5, 2013

posted by mannequito at 11:54 AM on August 5, 2013

Just want to chime in on how great this is. Merci, theodolite!
posted by good in a vacuum at 11:55 AM on August 5, 2013

Ça bascule!
posted by ZipRibbons at 1:12 PM on August 5, 2013

Ah, what a wonderful, surprising treat! Thank you theodolite.
posted by nickyskye at 1:51 PM on August 5, 2013

Thanks for this post.
posted by box at 4:38 PM on August 5, 2013

Thank you, thank you, theodolite!
posted by nangar at 5:33 PM on August 5, 2013

Awesome Tapes From Africa had an FPP back in 2007, so it seems worth mentioning in this thread for everyone who might have missed it. One excellent blog in an FPP deserves another.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:41 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

Good point, Going To Maine. Reminds me to bump Sahel Sounds (previously) and their incredible Music from Saharan Cellphones compilations.

<derail> On revisiting the Sahel blog I found this incredible post - An Open Letter To Homeland Security - a magnificent and articulate takedown of security screening </derail>
posted by ZipRibbons at 3:18 AM on August 7, 2013

This is amazing. Thank you for posting it! If you're interested in a slightly more modern take (but still often bringing in a lot of tracks from the 1970s to 1980s), you might like the Africa In Your Earbuds series of podcasts/mixes...

Sometimes I don't know whether I'm more grateful to Joe Strummer for his work with the Clash or for opening my eyes to all this stuff when he had his show on the BBC World Service.
posted by at 3:37 AM on August 7, 2013

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