Mysterious Producers
007: 45s from Africa

Let Mysterious Producer 007 take you on a journey across the African continent via a collection of scratchy 45s.

The man behind the mixtape this week is a familiar face in the record stores of Asia and Europe, whose many labels have helped reinvigorate world music catalogs from every corner. Currently located in the UK, the DJ, writer, producer and label boss used the lockdown to rediscover the myriad sounds contained in his #MysteriousProducers recording.

“Over lockdown, I got to reacquaint myself with parts of my record collection I hadn’t checked for a while. I was repeatedly drawn back to the various 45s and LPs I have from different parts of the African continent. They became the soundtrack to my summer. Some are new discoveries, some are rediscoveries but I’m dreaming of playing some of these tracks out in front of a live audience soon!”

Discover more from Mysterious Producers, and stay tuned as we drop a new anonymous set on SoundCloud every other Friday.

  1. Amadou Ballake: Renouveau
  2. Sissi Massila: Salif (Instrumental)
  3. Tilahun Gessesse: Lanchi Biye
  4. Fitz Vaughn Bryan & Orchestra: Mama Popo
  5. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros: Oliha
  6. Kofi Asare & Cool Singers: Asem Sebe
  7. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou: Cherie Oyo
  8. Sunny Blacks Band: Holonon Die
  9. Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces: Ijo Soul
  10. T. Mapfumo & The Acid Band: Chiiko Chinotinetsa
  11. Youssou N’Dour et Super Etoile de Dakar: Indépendance
  12. Manu Dibango: Pepe Soup
  13. Piccolos Echos: All Africa Games Stars of Gold
  14. Peter Oluoch: Owiti Anyul
  15. Tebereh Tesfa-Hunegn: Add Weladitei
  16. Teta Lando: I Kua Dila

Chris Menist AKA Awkward Corners

Location: United Kingdom

This week’s mysterious producer is collector, selector, and label man Chris Menist—one half of Thailand’s beloved Paradise Bangkok label and band, alongside DJ Maft Sai. He co-curated the ‘Sounds of Wonder’ series with the Finders Keepers label, as well as ‘Sound of Siam’ (Soundway) and ‘Thai? Dai!’ (Finders Keepers).

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