Awesome Tapes From Africa

Justin Jensen / Flickr
Justin Jensen / Flickr

Tonight's show is going to be a trip across Africa, starting in Angola, and making our way down to Cape Town.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Brian Shimkovitz was on a Fulbright scholarship in Ghana when he got hooked on the cassette culture of the region.

There street vendors hawk West African recordings in a variety of genres, from highlife to African disco, old left-field soul to curious local pop.  As he explored the region- he found an Africa much richer and more diverse than the version usually presented in American media.