Saturday, June 8, 2013
Casa Del Popolo Café
Awesome Tapes From Africa
Basically, Brian Shimkovitz loves African music so he loves cassettes. For a long time, the cassette tape has been the popular musical format of African musicians, and on multiple trips around Africa, Shimkovitz amounted a large collection of tapes with a lot of music so good and unheard that it seemed unreal. To rectify that, he began Awesome Tapes From Africa, the simply, aptly named blog where he posts music from his tapes as free MP3s. As the site grew, Shimkovitz’ audience began to send him tapes of their own, ones that were already beloved and held-tight or new ones picked up specifically to be shared, and Shimkovitz often finds himself DJing his collection at parties all over the globe.. We spoke with him about the collision of lo-fi tape culture and the hi-fi internet and how technology, in whatever format, is just another helper on the way to delivering jams to the people.
Dj Pataka, otherwise known as Mara Chercover, has been collecting Indian music on tape cassettes (and more recently in more modern formats) for over two decades. From tiny ‘hole in the wall’ shops in the foothills of the Himalayas, to bustling stores in Delhi shopping centres, Pataka continues to enrich her collection. Collecting both the oldies (old is gold), as well as super contemporary dance hits, Pataka has something for every mood. Her passion for Bollywood and Bhangra music is accompanied by a fascination with Bollywood films, a hunger for Indian delicacies and a devotion to the practice of yoga.