Explore The Sounds of Africa In Paris This September


Awesome Tapes From Africa is bringing his distinctive sounds to Petit Bain. 

Brian Shimkovitz is a DJ like few others. Going by the self-explanatory moniker Awesome Tapes from Africa, he doesn’t recycle the music he’s heard other people play in London or New York, he excavates analogue recordings that few people in the West have heard. He’s a musical anthropologist, bringing South African bubblegum disco, Ghanaian hiplife and east African rap – all with their distinctive cassette tape covers – to a world that knows little about African music. The best way to get acclimatised to the tremendous, earth-shattering music he discovers is to spend a few hours listening to the digitised tapes he uploads on his website. 

If that gets you hooked, you should see him live. Awesome Tapes From Africa’s live sets involve him DJ-ing with two cassette machines and a mixer. Much of the music he plays exploits forms that feel familiar – like the 90's house rhythm of Penny Penny’s Dance Khomela – so it’s easy to dance to but feels completely otherworldly at the same time. 

He’s playing on Friday 16 September at Petit Bain, an another excellent Paris nightclub that you’ll find floating on the Seine. Joining him will be Mr Raoul K, an Ivory Coast-born producer who mixes traditional West African instruments with the structure and tone of German house music; and Loya, a multi-instrumentalist whose sounds evoke the rhythms of the Indian Ocean – Réunion and Mauritius. It’s going to be a multicultural affair. 

La Ganzoü #2 with Awesome Tapes From Africa runs from 11.30pm on Friday 16 September until 6am on Saturday 17 September. Tickets cost €8, €10 or €15 – you can buy them here. Petit Bain is a forty minute journey from Generator Paris: take the Metro 2 from Colonel Fabien, change at Nation, and take the Metro 6 to Quai de la Gare. Ask at reception for directions. 

Image: still via Boiler Room