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Awesome Tapes From Africa Launches Record Label

Brian Shimkovitz, aka Awesome Tapes From Africa, is launching a record label. The Awesome Tapes From Africa label will release some of the obscure recordings Shimkovitz has featured on his blog in the five years since its inception.

Shimkovitz is working in collaboration with the artists who will receive a 50% cut of profits once expenses are covered. Records will be released on vinyl, CD and MP3, starting with Malian singer Nâ Hawa Doumbia’s 1982 album, La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3, scheduled for release 18 October. To join the Awesome Tapes From Africa mailing list head here.