Awesome Tapes From Africa was established by Brian Shimkovitz in 2006 to bring to a wider audience the incredible music that he discovered on cassettes while studying in Ghana. He realised that none of the music could be found outside of West Africa and thought this a crying shame, both for the wider world and also because of the missed opportunity for the artists. So he set up a website and blog to rectify this!
In 2011 he developed the website into a fully fledged record label. From the outset, all profits have been split 50 / 50 with the artists and Awesome Tapes has now released material from 12 artists from across the breadth of the continent.
Since establishing ATFA, Brian has been bringing the music that he has unearthed direct to the ears of the masses by DJing across the world at venues, fesitvals and clubs as well as hosting regular radio shows and podcasts.
A real force for good that we are delighted to welcome to Shambala!