Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sayat Demissie - Kihe 3, Vol.1 [2011] [ethiopia]

              Sayat Demissie was the 2004 Miss Ethiopia and the almost 2005 Miss World. Something for the high school drop-out who subsequently found herself in the front pages of local papers and magazines. Her petite frame and youthful face and her occasionally gaffe made her a target for the tabloids.

                 Two years ago, the slender girl emerged as the lead character in the Amharic movie, Sara. Nothing to write home about, it was all an amateur and second-rate performance. But she has got a look. It has given her recognition and probably an inflated ego, too. Her ego trip took her to think of developing her own talk show on ETV. For that, she came on Ethiopia Link and talked about her difficult childhood and sexual abuse, relating her experience to that of American talk-show host, Opra Winfrey.

       But that radio appearance has gotten her in trouble for a supposedly unkind remark she made about disabled people. When asked how she survived the trauma, Sayat responded saying that even the disabled keep on living, let alone her. It triggered many comments voicing displeasure. The talk-show-thing never came into reality, at least upto now and her claim of being raped on Bole Street in her teen years was thought by many as an invented story intended to get sympathy from those allocating air times.

Sayat Demissie - Enie Meretku

             Now Sayat has unraveled yet another skill as musical performer. She has released her debut musical effort, a single song, “Tew Maneh”. Actually before the release, she was performing on stage at clubs, playing her rendition of Christinia Aguilera’s “Save me from myself.”

                 Looking at the reception, Sayat’s debut work seem to be working right. Radio programmers are finding it hard to ignore it and some even talked about the birth of a new star. The lively clip of the song has made it to many Ethiopian websites and blogs. It definitely serves as a sneak preview for her upcoming studio album, which she says will arrive this year.

                    But even judging from this song, performing doesn’t appear to come naturally to Sayat. For one thing, the material she chose is a recognized, well-known old hit, “Tew Maneh”.

               She never took the trouble to write her own material and it didn’t demand much of her as singer. And even, her voice is not strongly projected enough and her inhibitions make it difficult for her to let go.

                Although Sayat didn’t write her own music, too shy to perform solo in front of a big crowd, she has the charisma, drive, and determination- things important for a young performer. But of course, she has a long way to go to develop into mature female vocalist along the lines of Aster Awoke.

Sayat Demissie - 01 - Kenie Gar New (4:11)
Sayat Demissie - 02 - Sietnetle (4:14)
Sayat Demissie - 03 - Hasabun Mesrek (5:18)
Sayat Demissie - 04 - Min Teshalew (3:49)
Sayat Demissie - 05 - Mermari (4:47)
Sayat Demissie - 06 - Lketelh (3:59)
Sayat Demissie - 07 - Ayasasbegnem (4:38)
Sayat Demissie - 08 - Aynie Siyayh (4:24)
Sayat Demissie - 09 - Mikit Stegne (3:45)
Sayat Demissie - 10 - Yenie Biet (4:50)
Sayat Demissie - 11 - Enie Meretku (4:46)
Sayat Demissie - 12 - Mela Mela (3:34)
Sayat Demissie - 13 - Tawkaleh (3:29)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nadav Haber - Beautiful [Tribute to Tilahun Gessesse] [2012] [israel-ethiopia]

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Nadav Haber - Lake Tana Blues

        Nadav Haber started to learn the clarinet at the age of 10. In 1988-89 he lead a qaurtet in the Tel-Aviv clubs in Israel, and played in a blues duo. In the 90's nadav has switched to the tenor sax, and began to explore Ethiopian music. He played in Ethiopian dance bands all over Israel, in Ethiopian clubs and weddings. This has lead to the issue of Ethiopian Blues, and other smaller productions that were aimed at the Ethiopian Israeli market. 

      In recent years Nadav moved back to playing jazz, and in 2003 led a hard bop quintet in Jerusalem. He is currently working on two projects - an Ethiopian Jazz program and a “Favorite ballads” program. 

01. Nadav Haber - Alchalkum (3:27)
02. Nadav Haber - In Her Youth (4:45)
03. Nadav Haber - Beautiful (5:30)
04. Nadav Haber - Love At First Sight (3:49)
05. Nadav Haber - Ethiopia (4:29)
06. Nadav Haber - My Life (4:29)
07. Nadav Haber - Japanese Woman (4:28)
08. Nadav Haber - Seven Miles From Addis (3:48)
09. Nadav Haber - When She Goes Away (3:53)
10. Nadav Haber - Long Ago (4:41)
11. Nadav Haber - Tizita (Song of Longing) (5:08)

Chalachew Ashenafi - Gerager [2009] [ethiopia]

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       Chalachew Ashenafi (1966-2012) was a singer and masinko player, an traditional Ethiopian instrument comparable to violin but with just only one string. 

       Chalachew was born and raise in Debre Tabor, close to the city of Gondar in Ethiopia, where most of the famous Azmaris originate from. He played at weddings and traditional bars before releasing his own album entitled "Gerager" in 2009

       He has hosted shows and performed at events in the United States, Italy and Germany among other countries. Chalachew did some tours with The Ex in recent years. A traditional player, but also forward, funny and stubborn.

         Chalachew Ashenafi died at age of 47.

01. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Awdamet (4:58)
02. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Jimma Yadegech (7:03)
03. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Gameye (6:13)
04. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Gondar (6:08)
05. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Himemeyew (7:36)
06. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Selamney (4:57)
07. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Munit (6:28)
08. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Gerager (6:49)
09. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Megalo (4:38)
10. Chalachew Ashenafi (Chale) - Fano (6:07)

Karibuni @ddis - Back Road to Ethiopia [2013] [ger+eth]

          The album is greatly influenced by music from Ethiopia, Angola and Congo. Infused with an interesting mix of soundscapes born from the world-wide multicultural and travel experiences of the musicians.

         This album does not only offer good music. The band Karibuni @ddis demonstrates the powerful synergy that occurs when music and social awareness merge with thoughtful lyrics and beautiful melodies.

Karibuni @ddis - Saba Sabina

Josephine Kronfli - voc, flute, shaw washint, whistle, field recordings 
Pit Budde - ac guitars, banjo, sitar guitar, autoharp, bass, wavedrum, shaman drum, uruwuri, field recordings, voc 
Rahel Budde – voc 
Carlos Mampuya – voc
Klaus Jochmann - perc, accordion
Ahmet Bektas - ud, sazbüs, darbouka, bendir, davul, voc
Roshan Linsi – voc
Ill James - voc
Dorothea Kares – voc
Michael Voss – el guitar
Franziska Urton – violin
Steffi Stephan – bass
Benno Gromzig - bass 

Karibuni @ddis - Hoya Hoye / Assiyo Bellema (5:08)
Karibuni @ddis - Felega (4:58)
Karibuni @ddis - Mbawala Jila / Ayaya (4:59)
Karibuni @ddis - Wir Sind Eins / Esheruru (4:35)
Karibuni @ddis - Selam, Shalom, Shlomo, Frieden (4:51)
Karibuni @ddis - No Child Soldier (4:00)
Karibuni @ddis - Saba Sabina (3:44)
Karibuni @ddis - Melkam Fasika From Ethiopia (3:24)
Karibuni @ddis - Kunsi Africa (6:55)
Karibuni @ddis - Wefe, The Desperate Bird (5:52)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mahmoud Ahmed - Woy Fikir [with Roha Band] [1986] [ethiopia]

Mahmoud Ahmed, born 18 May 1941, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

       Mahmoud Ahmed  sang at weddings and family gatherings from a very early age, but while he was still a child, his family became homeless when his father lost his job. Forced to work as a shoeshine boy, the young Mahmoud’s education inevitably suffered and he was expelled from school for poor attendance. Following his headmaster’s advice that his only possible salvation lay in music, Mahmoud Ahmed soon became known locally for his powerful voice as well as his skills as a dancer of the twist and calypso. He worked as a painter’s assistant and kitchen porter at the Arizona Club, a fashionable Addis Ababa nightspot. One evening, he begged his way into performing a song with a band at the club, receiving rapturous applause and launching his musical career. He became the vocalist with the Imperial Bodyguard Band in the early 60s, subsequently remaining with them for 11 years.


Mahmoud Ahmed With Roha Band (1986)

Mahmoud Ahmed’s first album was released in 1972 and he has since made numerous recordings for the local market as well as performing with many of Ethiopia’s top bands and musicians. In 1986, the Belgian record label Crammed Discs released Erè Mèla Mèla, a compilation of Ahmed’s recordings from the 70s and one of the first albums of modern Ethiopian music available in the west. Critical response was highly favourable and a European tour followed a year later. Soul Of Addis was originally released in Ethiopia in 1985 and, while not as intense as the 70s recordings, nevertheless offered a fine showcase for Ahmed’s spellbinding voice. The Paris, France-based label Buda Musique has also released several Ahmed albums in their Éthiopiques series.

       Something of a local institution, Mahmoud Ahmed still performs regularly in Addis Ababa, as well as owning and running a record label and a nightclub. He sings in a variety of local and international styles but consistently returns to the tizita (a slow and intense local form of the blues). His multi-octave voice is similar to that of Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (who died in 1997), a veritable force of nature that combines the ecstatic devotional pleading of qawwali with the precise tone and phrasing of Western jazz singers.

Mahmoud Ahmed - 01 - Endet Nesh Belulign (6:22)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 02 - Yeshega Lij Mewded (7:55)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 03 - Konjit (5:04)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 04 - Atazlignim Woy (5:46)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 05 - Yababilal (5:23)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 06 - Neyima (7:15)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 07 - Woy Fikir (10:24)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 08 - Engidaye Nesh (7:28)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 09 - Ebolale Gere (5:30)

Roha Band members were :

Ashenafi Awel - drums
Giovanni Rico Bonsignori - bass
Yonas Degefie - saxophone
Selam Syoum - guitar
Yared Tefera - saxophone
Dawit Yifru - keyboards