Artist Larry Achiampong and Awesome Tapes From Africa founder Brian Shimkovitz in conversation about their recent projects and approaches to collecting, producing and presenting music from Africa
As part of his Meh Mogya (Sample of Me) and recent More Mogya projects, Achiampong has created concept beat tapes using a rich palette of sounds and samples. He traced his Ghanaian heritage via records that his parents owned, drawing on the Golden era of Ghanas Highlife music from the 60s to 80s and continues his investigation by utilising material generated from the Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation.
Brian Shimkovitz founded the blog Awesome Tapes From Africa (ATFA) in 2006 as a means of showcasing analogue cassette-based music he found on trips to Africa. The project has evolved over the years and now includes live cassette-based DJ sets and a record label.
Shimkovitz speaks live via Skype from Los Angeles to Achiampong in London and through presentations of their work and conversations explore issues around the dissemination of music from Africa and their personal approaches to collecting, archiving and presentation. The discussion is also informed by Tates recent major acquisition of Meschac Gabas Museum of Contemporary African Art.
This event is related to Summer School