Awesome Tapes from Africa

Sheer awesomeness delivered by a die-hard tape digger!

What can we say? This website is a pure treasure trove.

Started as a fun idea to digitize and upload forgotten tapes found during his African trips, Brian Shimkovitz eventually turned the adventure into a proper Record label featuring amazing artists such as Ethiopia's Hailu Mergia and the Dur Dur Band of Somalia.

Although some of the tapes are now being re-edited as full-on credited albums with sales being shared with the artists, a vast majority of the entries on the website are free downloads of seriously hard to find glorious tapes from all over the continent.

You've been tipped ! A word of warning though: once you start exploring Awesome Tapes, you will get absorbed into an endless kaleidoscope.