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Ethiopiques 28
Ali Mohammed Birra

BUDA MUSIC

The Imperial Bodyguard Band singer, who tuned his guitar like an oud. Oromo reasoning about love, existence and resistance, with a tasty Arab twang. Mississippi presented him on vinyl recently.



Zanzibara 6: Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble
A form of Sufi music with its roots in the ancient Arab world, surviving only in Zanzibar: slowly building in intensity, with songs and poetry, and passages for dancing, featuring a wide range of percussion.



Ethiopiques 27 Tessema Eshete
Precious relics from Berlin, 1908. UNESCO has stumped up for a lavish presentation, with fine notes and translations; but surely the fly in the ointment is the difficulty of actually listening through the music.



Ethiopiques 1 Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music, 1969-1975
Music from the Amha label run by Amha Ashete, driving force of modern Ethiopian music.




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 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 3 Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music, 1969-1975
Sublimely tilted like Sun Ra, rocking like James Brown at the Apollo, the tracks here by police bands are a reminder that Ethiopia at the time had no independent modern groups.



Ethiopiques 4 Ethio-Jazz And Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974
Presenting the musical giant, keyboardist Mulatu Astake that's him on the sleeve with Duke Ellington.



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