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Ethiopiques 11 Alemu Aga
With virtuoso self-accompaniment on the beguena an oversize ten-string lyre, the oldest instrument played in Ethiopia: religious songs as well as traditional fables, folk tales and poems.



Ethiopiques 12 Kirba Afaa Xonso
The music of the Konso a tribe from the Sudanese border country to do with daily chores, sacred or ritual matters, and entertainment. Flutes, bells, harps, horns, xylophones, drums.



Ethiopiques 13 Ethiopian Groove
Another survey of the golden age of modern Ethiopian dance music bound up with the production of vinyl records between 1969 and 1978.



Ethiopiques 14 Getatchew Mekurya
Starting in the early fifties, long before Ayler and Ornette, Mekurya's stroke of genius was to give improvisatory voice on his saxophone to the 'shellela' singing style epic, harsh, war-like.



Ethiopiques 15 Jump To Addis
A gathering of Ethiopian, French and Dutch musicians, refreshing jazz and rock and roll influences in the mix.



Ethiopiques 16 Asnaqetch Werqu
Self-taught on krar-lyre, favourite instrument of the azmari; and alternately poignant and sarcastic the last great singer, story-teller and free-thinker to carry on their tradition of poetic cut-and-thrust.



Ethiopiques 17 Tlahoun Gessesse
For Ethiopians, their greatest singer of all time; with music arranged by Mulatu Astatqe for the Army Band, the Exhibition Band, the Police Orchestra, the Bodyguard Band.



Ethiopiques 18 Asguebba!
Dance music, picking up from Volume 2, including many of the same performers. With meessenqo (one-string fiddle), krar lyre, kebero drum and accordion.




Ethiopiques 2 Urban Azmaris Of The 90s
The azmaris were originally wandering minstrels, roaming the Abyssinian countryside. These varied snapshots of the musical life of Addis Ababa in the 1990s are offered as a kind of homage to them.



Ethiopiques 20 Either Orchestra
The Boston-based big band live in Addis in 2004, with special guests Mulatu Astatke and Getatchew Mekurya.



Ethiopiques 21 Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou
Unmissable, wonderful solo piano. Chopin, Tatum, Satie and company, steeped in the Ethiopian sound.