Live broadcast: Awesome Tapes From Africa live at 285 Kent, Brooklyn

24.05.12 Words by: Zara Wladawsky

The fun-filled sweatbox that is 285 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn came alive to the C90 sounds of Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes From Africa this past Saturday. His name is fairly self-explanatory and stems from when Shimkovitz lived in Ghana, and spent a lot of time at second-hand shops buying local music on cassettes. He started a blog and record label, also by the same name, to get the West African music that he was so passionate about out to a wider audience. When he DJed on Saturday, he cued and mixed cassette tapes off handheld recorders and old stereo units; neither a normal nor easy thing to do. What ensued was a festive dance party full of rarities and a storming Fela Kuti closer, all while the house sound engineer lovingly EQed each tape to make sure the sound was as pristine as its medium allowed it to be. Stream the full set below and experience one of the vibiest summer sets Dummy has heard so far this year as the temperatures start rising.