Awesome Tapes From Africa
Awesome Tapes From Africa is Brian Shimkovitz, a leading exponent of African music who as a DJ brings a global perspective to the dance floor. A true ethnomusicologist, Brian started the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog in 2006 to encourage outsiders’ appreciation of the breadth of musical subcultures in Africa which he discovered while travelling there. Brian has played an important role in promoting access to African music outside the continent.
Drawing on his vast African cassette archive—which includes highlife, fuji, benga, tsonga disco, soukous, hip-hop, rhumba and ethio-soul, among countless other genres—his role now combines that of educator, promoter and selector, finding him DJ across the world at festivals, clubs, museums and cultural spaces.