Monday, February 8, 2016

Marta Ashagari - Era Bakeheh [1993] [ethiopia]

Original post from Likembe blogspot :

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       If you're a fan of Aster Aweke or Kuku Sebsebe, you'll no doubt enjoy this cassette by Ethiopian vocalist Martha Ashagari.

       Ärä Bakeh (Ambassel Music Shop) was released in 1993 shortly after the fall of the Derg, but Ashagari has been singing professionally since 1988 with the Abyssinia and Roha Bands, and during the '90s had her own nightclub in Addis Ababa. In 1996 she recorded the CD Child's Love/Ye-Lij Fiker, which is available online from AIT Records (I included a tune from it on my compilation African Divas Vol. 2).

         Ashagari is notable for her unique vocal tone, somewhere between a sob and a wail. Side 1 of Ärä Bakeh typifies the '80s-'90s Ethiopian style, but Martha really hits her stride with side 2 of the cassette, especially the emotional ballads "Zoma" and "Ende Näh" and the Tigrinya song "Sälam Bäluläy."

01. Martha Ashagari - Wara Bakeheh (5:43)
02. Martha Ashagari - Fekreh Naweh (6:30)
03. Martha Ashagari - Alecalekutemeh (9:22)
04. Martha Ashagari - Bameneh Yedaoaleh (4:38)
05. Martha Ashagari - Guredadeh (5:00)
06. Martha Ashagari - Damayele (5:00)
07. Martha Ashagari - Zoma (Yabati Lejeh) (6:53)
08. Martha Ashagari - Enedaziheshemeh Ala (6:59)
09. Martha Ashagari - Enedenaheh (6:24)
10. Martha Ashagari - Shalame Balulayeh (Temareoa) (5:08)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Anbessa Tekle - Eza Abebakum [2009] [ethiopia]

Anbessa Tekle

Anbessa Tekle - 01 - Metsikaley'Do? (5:03)
Anbessa Tekle - 02 - Eza Abebakum / Weney Teleale (13:49)
Anbessa Tekle - 03 - Ni'Esnet / Nie Gamey Kuhulo (11:32)
Anbessa Tekle - 04 - Lomi Ayney Berhe / Sidra Zom Merawti (13:07)
Anbessa Tekle - 05 - Esele / Kuhul Selel Beli / Silso (16:53)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tilahun Gessesse - [2000] - The Greatest Hits [ethiopia]

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Tilahun Gessesse - Selamtaye Yidres

      Tilahun Gessesse was born on 29 September 1940, in Addis Ababa and died on 19 April 2009.

      Tilahun was born to Woizero Gete Gurmu and Ato Gessesse Negussee. When he was fourteen years old, he was taken by his grandfather to Waliso Oromia where he began attending Ras Gobena Elementary School.

   As time went by, his interest in music became increasingly clear, although his grandfather urged him to concentrate on his academic studies. The Ras Gobena School Principal Mr. Shedad (who was from Sudan), encouraged Tilahun's interest in music and urged him to go to Sudan to pursue his music career. Although Tilahun did not go to Sudan, he took Mr. Shedad's advice very seriously. When Woizro Negatwa Kelkai, Ato Eyoel Yohanes and others artists from the Hager Fikir Theatre came to his school to perform, Tilahun took the opportunity to discuss his interest in music with Ato Eyoel. He was told to go to Addis Ababa if he wanted to pursue a career in the field.

     Tilahun left school to go to Addis Ababa, a journey he began on foot without his grandfather's consent. When his grandfather realized that Tilahun was no longer in Woliso, he informed Tilahun's great-aunt in Tulu Bolo. After Tilahun traveled fifteen kilometers on foot, he was caught in Tulu Bolo and stayed overnight with his great-aunt Woizero Temene Bantu. The next day, he was forced to return back to his grandfather in Woliso. Since his interest in music lay deep in his heart, Gessesse chose not to stay at his grandfather's house in Woliso. After staying only one night at his grandfather’s house, he again began his journey to Addis Ababa, this time hiding himself in the back of a loaded truck.

     In Addis Ababa, Tilahun was first hired by the Hager Fikir Association, which is now known as Hager Fikir Theater. After a few years at the Hager Fikir Theater, he joined the Imperial Bodyguard Band where he became a leading star singer. During his time with the band, Gessesse ran afoul of the government after the attempted coup d'état of December 1960 by the Imperial Bodyguard. He was arrested and put in prison for a time.

     Tilahun moved to the National Theater where his success continued. He was so famous that he appeared three times in front of Emperor Haile Selassie I. During a visit, the Emperor advised him not to abuse his talent.

     Tilahun's recordings are in Amharic and Oromo.

   He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Addis Ababa University, in appreciation of his contribution to Ethiopian music. He has also received an award for his lifetime achievements from the Ethiopian Fine Art and Mass Media Prize Trust.

      Tilahun Gessesse died on April 19, 2009. He had been in poor health for several years due to diabetes. 

01. Tilahun Gessesse - Yene Filagote (4:09)
02. Tilahun Gessesse - Bedehna Iskigetimen (4:28)
03. Tilahun Gessesse - Ine Negn Way Antchi (4:33)
04. Tilahun Gessesse - Ketero Yikeber (3:32)
05. Tilahun Gessesse - Alinkugn (4:30)
06. Tilahun Gessesse - Rasihin Bitcha (3:27)
07. Tilahun Gessesse - Harkafune (3:25)
08. Tilahun Gessesse - Mesak Isikalehu (4:34)
09. Tilahun Gessesse - Wedo Yetela Sew (4:09)
10. Tilahun Gessesse - Wey Min Tilik (3:24)
11. Tilahun Gessesse - Sew New Yetchekene (4:12)
12. Tilahun Gessesse - Tchuheten Bitsemu (3:32)
13. Tilahun Gessesse - Sigibgib Joroye (3:29)
14. Tilahun Gessesse - Ewnet Marign (3:30)
15. Tilahun Gessesse - Kunenie (4:24)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Kenedi Mengesha & Yeshimebet Dubale - Kenedi Mengesha & Yeshimebet Dubale [2012] [ethiopia]

       Singer Kenedi (Kennedy) Menegesha died at the age of 29 and in his short lived carrier, he left behind 57 songs through 9 cassettes that he presented to the public. Kazzanchis was his last residence before his untimely death.

Yeshimebet Dubale & Kennedy Mengesha - Metahugn Bezna

The reason he got the name "Kennedy" is that he was born in november 1963, the assassination month and year of J.F.Kennedy (35th President of the United States from January 1961 until he was assassinated in November 1963).

       Kenedi  was one of Ethiopia's top modern artists with a string of hits to his credit. Beautifully backed by the Roha Band with their usual fast paced sax and guitar line up. Great vocals with Kennedy weaving and warbling his way through the octaves. Lovely.

Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 01 - Liyish (6:47)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 02 - Zeleknata (5:17)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 03 - Libih Lib Yibel (5:56)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 04 - Enbaw (6:46)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 05 - Tew Belew (5:26)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 06 - Metahu (8:23)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 07 - Lezih Bekahu (7:40)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 08 - Alkedahim Bilesh (4:41)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 09 - Bewedaje (4:29)
Kenedi Mengesha/Yeshimebet Dubale - 10 - Dabes (5:18)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HOT STUFF : chOOn : Upcoming DJ Mitmitta Mix!!! 29/01/2016 11:00 - 13:00 GMT (12:00 - 14:00 CET)

Guest Mix #2 // DJ Mitmitta

DJ Mitmitta is an Amharic speaking Norwegian and one of the main record collectors based in Ethiopia. He started a music shop in Aware, Addis-Ababa in 2010 called Mitmitta Musika and with that an  – posting accompanying blog - some of the strangest and downright warped, psychedelic pop music I’d heard from the region. Over the past two years he evolved the shop into a commercial record label by the same name re-releasing in collaboration with Domino Sound from New Orleans, a compilation of traditional wedding songs by Getatchew Degefu & friends to great acclaim.

I approached him nearly 2 years ago with the idea for a mix of Ethiopian sounds spanning the 1980s and early 90s. This was a period of great political upheaval in the country. Ethiopia was in the throes of a bloody civil war and at the mercy of a military dictatorship. The production of vinyl recordings stopped, many of the countries leading musicians emigrated to the west amid the political turmoil and the permanent curfew all but ended live music performances.

Much has been made of Ethiopian music pre 1974 – box sets, huge reissue archives, the revival of classic recordings and artists have been lauded by music critics across the land but the same cannot be said about the music produced during the period under military rule (1975 – 1991, commonly known as the "Derg" years) – and that which I had heard was usually negative.

So I present this guest mix by DJ Mitmitta – 2 hours of rare Ethio-Eritrean sounds – synthesizers, organs, wah wahs, pop and traditional sounds from the 80’s and early 90’s.

Here are a few words about this mix from DJ Mitmitta…

'The idea of this mix goes several years back from when I had a music shop up and running in Addis. I always said to myself I should make a mix presenting some of the cassettes I had for sale in Mitmitta Muzika Bet. To make that selection it meant I had to digitize every single cassette that potentially could become a part of the mix. This didn't happen, or at least I didn't have enough tapes to make the desired selection and the years went by, the shop closed and those tapes were lost down in collection boxes. It was when mr. chOOn!! from Subcity Radio contacted me that I started to pick it up again – he was interested in the perceived lack of interest and regard from music collectors and archaeologists for music made during the Derg years (1975 – 1991), Ethiopia’s stay under military occupation. Being the only westerner he knew of living in the region with an active interest in and access to lots of this music he asked whether I’d be interested in curating an interesting mix of sounds from this period. So I started picking out the potential cassettes again that could fit into a theme of 80s, instrumentals, pop and traditional sounds. The pile became way to big to finalize in the then near future, so I had to tell him to be patient. Now, almost 2 years later and after having a couple of days off in Dire Dawa, East Ethiopia I managed to punch out the last selection, which became this mix.

The mix's selection consists of lesser-known artists and lesser-known releases of established artists, which somehow have caught my attention. Mostly because of the way the singer sings, or the way a synthesizer or an organ is played, or how the bass or programmed drums play along, or how it's all put together in a different soundscape than what most people are used to from listening to 70s Ethiopian music. It's divided into 4 half-hour sets so that you can easily tape it onto 60 minute tapes. I'm hoping this is something for both Ethiopian and foreign ears. Enjoy!'

friday, 29/01/2016   11:00 - 13:00 GMT 
                                   12:00 - 14:00  CET