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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

v.a. - Festival AF des musiques ethiopiennes - Tribute to Girma Beyene [2008]


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       Girma Beyene was one of the arrangers who made the Ethiopian music of the Golden Era different than the music of today. He was a lyricist, a music writer, an arranger, a vocalist, an accomplished pianist and finally a bandleader. To most, if any name comes to mind with the word arranger, it is probably that of Mulatu Astatke. Yet, according to Ethiopiques Series producer Francis Falceto*, in the heyday of vinyl records, Girma Beyene is credited to having arranged close to 65 titles, compared to Mulatu's 40.

       The 7th edition of the Ethiopian Music Festival held from the 7th to 17 May 2008 in Addis Ababa. Organized by the Alliance Ethio-Francise as a part of its centenary celebration and as a tribute to the Ethiopian pianist, composer and arranger Girma Beyene, the festival bring renowned and young musicians.


        Francis Falceto in his book Abyssinia Swing, a pictorial history of modern ethiopian music describes Girma as one of a pioneering generation of artists that has a huge influence on the current ethiopian music.

        From the very beginning of the 1960’s and for some twenty years, he ranked among the ethiopian musical scene’s most creative and prolific artists. He left precious few recordings behind him as a vocalist: it was above all as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger that Girma made his mark on what is today agreed to be the golden age of ethiopian music. 

      Throughout the heyday of Vinyl record production (1969-1978), the figure of Girma Beyene dominated the recording sessions. The then-privileged partner of Alemayehu Eshete, Girma innovated, through his simple and to-the-point playing, melding the lightness of pop into the ethos of a changing Ethiopia. Admired for his musical elegance, Girma none the less met one of the saddest fates in ethiopian music. Though his countrymen still remember his charming voice and his knack for pop, they have totally forgotten his role and importance as an innovator.


      Going into exile in the USA in 1981, Girma departed the ethiopian music scene, sinking into the anonymous “Little Ethiopia’ of America’s East Coast.

      According the Alliance booklet, there has been a renewed interest of late in the work and personality of Girma Beyene.

      International groups such as the Either/ Orchestra, The Daktaris, Le Tigre (Platanes), The Ex, Badume's Band and Antibalas have added some of Girma’s major compositions to their repertoires.


01. Alexo & Friends - Medinanna Zelesegna (7:48)
02. Sax Summit - Antchi hoyé lené  (10:22)
03. Addis Acoustic Renaissance - Ambassel (7:47)
04. Azmari evening - Mela mela (4:27)
05. Munit Mesfin & Jörg Pfeil - Sét Alamnem (6:40)
06. Dan Harper's Invisible system - Bertukané (5:01)
07. Addis Acoustic Renaissance - Feker kegna endayleyen (4:18)
08. Charles Sutton quartet - Uuta ayaskefam  (5:40)
09. Sax Summit - Feker ende sekuar  (8:18)
10. Zea - Muziqawi selt (3:19)
11. Alexo & friends - Enkelfén wesdhew (6:56)
12. Munit Mesfin & Jörg Pfeil - Astawesalehu (3:17)




Hibist Tiruneh - Yekerta [2003]



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 Hibist Tiruneh, The Siren of Ethiopia, who stepped to the limelight with her rendering of Bizunesh Bekele's 'Yemiyaslekis Fiqir' a few years ago makes her debut to the forefront of Ethiopian pop music with her almost perfect recent CD release 'Yeqerta!". "Qoy-bicha', 'Befetereh", and "Akkam Akkam" are some of the notable pieces in this well-received CD.



 Hibist Tiruneh


01. Hibist Tiruneh - Koy Bich (5:29)

02. Hibist Tiruneh - Befetereh (5:02)
03. Hibist Tiruneh - Yene Astemaei (5:15)
04. Hibist Tiruneh - Likribeh (5:15)
05. Hibist Tiruneh - Bota Sitegn (5:32)
06. Hibist Tiruneh - Ere Asitelugn (4:32)
07. Hibist Tiruneh - Min Ale Libeh (4:40)
08. Hibist Tiruneh - Chiye Aderalehu (4:30)
09. Hibist Tiruneh - Akam Akam (5:58)
10. Hibist Tiruneh - Yantes Neger Wodia (5:44)
11. Hibist Tiruneh - Yeshalal Bayne (5:37)
12. Hibist Tiruneh - Yekerta (4:24)





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Elias Negash - Love / Fikir [2005]



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       Elias Negash is an accomplished musician who has combined his Native Ethiopian music with his jazz education, and influences from the world music segment. He played through the seventies and became one of the pioneering figures to have brought Reggae and African music to the Bay Area with smash hit groups including Obeah, Axum, Caribbean All Stars and the Rastafarians. After moving to Los Angeles Elias worked on the Royal Princess Cruise ship out of South Hampton England for four months. He has also done sound track for Television Movie in titled Glitz and also preformed on a TV series Murder She Wrote. Elias has also traveled as a Solo pianist and with Magyk Band to Japan.



      In addition to his role as a musician, Elias dedicates his time in multiple humanitarian efforts such as fundraising HIV Aids research and treatment, building schools and water-well in the rural areas of Ethiopia. Further, Elias is currently the president of Ethiopian Arts forum that strives to accomplish its objectives through the presentation of Ethiopian Music, Dance, Poetry, Drama and Visual Arts to the community.



        Elias' musical journey extends many decades that have taken him across many lands. Inspired by his mother who was also a pianist, Elias formed his first group in the 1960's. Elias has had an eclectic musical background where he has combined his native Ethiopian music, with his Jazz education, and other influences from the world music segment. He played through the seventies and became one of the pioneering figures to have brought Reggae and African music to the bay area with the smash hit group Obeah, Axum, and The Rastafarians. 

      It wasn't long before he started to work and perform with international stars including Dennis Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Steele Pulse, and Third World. He later made his television music debut with Murder She Wrote and Natalie Cole's Big Break productions. Elias was also the composer for the Soundtrack of the show Glitz starring Jimmy Smith and Markey Post with the Magyk band. In addition to the extensive collaborative work with many musicians, Elias has traveled the globe playing for thousands of people on cruise ships and large stadiums alike. His music has inspired listeners from across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. 

     Elias' first instrumental CD entitled "Fikir" (Love) can be found in the collection of every Ethiopian music lover. Elias took classical love songs and applied Jazz and Reggae sounds to create a contemporary fusion. He followed that extraordinary work by extending to the World Music category by releasing "Harrambe" (Let's Pull Together). 




     Harrambe symbolized the trajectory that Elias had taken in his musical journey evidenced by the title song which is influenced by his experience in Kenya, his formal training in Jazz Improvisation, and his penchant for combining American Jazz with African Melodies. Critics have raved about his ability to retain the melodic integrity of Ethiopian music and add contemporary arrangements to create new sounds. 

    His latest CD Peace is regarded as his best work to date because he incorporates the many musical forms that he has developed over the years, including his Ethiopian roots to join the discourse on Peace through his musical domain. Peace is a topic that is near and dear to his heart and is in line with the themes of his previous work that have encouraged unity through love. 

     Elias wants to share his firm belief that solutions to world struggles can be devised with peace as the instrument that people can bring to bear on the majority of issues that plague human kind. Elias concludes the vibrant CD that encourages people to unite, and join forces in friendship and harmony through the calming piano solo classical rendition of the Ethiopian song "Peace."



    Elias has put out four solo CDs titled : "Love", "Harrambe" (lets pull together), "Peace" and "Feel Like Dancin’.

      His new CD titled “JAZZED UP” was released at the end of 2011.


Getachew Kassa - The Best of Getachew Kassa [2000]


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                            Getachew Kassa




listen online :




01. Getachew Kassa - Iwedishalehu (9:14)
02. Getachew Kassa - Addis Abeba (3:59)
03. Getachew Kassa - Tizita (10:02)
04. Getachew Kassa - Webetim Yigegfal (6:26)
05. Getachew Kassa - Tiz-Balegne Gize (5:01)
06. Getachew Kassa - Hageren Atinquat (4:49)
07. Getachew Kassa - Yekereme Fiker (4:08)
08. Getachew Kassa - Liwesedish And Ken (5:19)
09. Getachew Kassa - Atitfi KeGone (6:53)
10. Getachew Kassa - Inde Ager Ayhonem (4:25)
11. Getachew Kassa - Birtukanun Nesh Lomi (4:28)
12. Getachew Kassa - Ameseginalehu (5:09)


Monday, April 22, 2013

Invisible System - Punt [Made in Ethiopia] [2009]



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       Invisible System is the pseudonym for the UK & Africa producer Dan Harper whose music is an eclectic fusion of Ethiopian, dub, reggae, techno, trance, drum and bass, jungle, acid, psychedelic, folk, post-punk, goth and rock.

       Traditional vocals & instruments meet the modern, electronic and brass. Recorded in Ethiopia.  Live Europeans meet live Ethiopians! 




       The songs were improvised, from scratch - all instruments and vocals. Improvisation was a largely new concept to most of the Ethiopian counterparts (previously told what or how to play or sing). Dan just went from go with your feelings and express them as Dan had done. The results were stunning both for them and for us. We are not into using Ethiopian (or Malian) samples or trying to quickly learn and imitate Ethiopian musicians who have their sounds, modes, scales, feelings and soul from their culture and country else we would be the neo-colonialists. We are into sharing, learning and exchange over time.

       Dan spent 3 years in Addis Ababa not 3 weeks, living, working and existing there. Aid working all around the country, producing music based in Addis. He Met people from all walks of life. The music is based on real life experience not from reading. It is played from the heart and soul of everyone involved. Their own interpretation thus tapping the ebbs and flows of our lives.




Hear What the Critics Have to Say!

---‘sturdy Ethiopian vocals are matched against backing that veers from wailing psychedelic rock to trance, trip-hop and dub, it's an impressive achievement.’  - The Guardian, Robin Denselow
'New rave goes global. The rave crowd may love such deranged energy.' - Uncut, Nigel Williamson

---‘you can imagine this becoming a mind blowing rave classic, pushing the envelope
 beyond Ethiopqiues nostalgia.’ - MOJO, David Hutchenson

---’there's a pleasing headiness to its rough charm’ - The Independent, Andy Gill

---‘a startlingly original combination of Ethiopian roots and pop with dub, electronica and psychedelic rock’ - fRoots, Jamie Renton

---‘this wonderfully strange and slightly otherworldly album’ refuses resolutely to be pigeon holed. One of the most startlingly original musical adventures of the year giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘fusion music’. - R2 / rock N Reel, Dave Haslam

---‘like an exotic mythology flung into outer space‘ - World Music Network, TJ Nelson

---‘It’s an album that, to its credit, solidly defies easy description.  It needs to be heard several times and each reveals a new delight’ - AllMusic.com, Chris Nickson

---‘Each time you hear the songs, you hear something different as this will be the longevity of this world class fusion CD’ - LAsThePlace.com, Los Angeles

---'I encourage everyone to check it out, but not try to capture it..just feel it.' - Max Benkole Jarrett, BBC World Service

---‘Brings together a fine mix of musicians to create a festive-sounding album recorded in Ethiopia’ – New Internationalist

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Abdela Abubaker - Millenium [2001] [eritrea]



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1. Abdela Abubaker - Jazz bongo jazz (5:00)
2. Abdela Abubaker - Abshay (6:33)
3. Abdela Abubaker - Yiakil (5:50)
4. Abdela Abubaker - Yeasina (14:30)
5. Abdela Abubaker - Nibat Temegibe (5:39)
6. Abdela Abubaker - Gezawitna (4:56)
7. Abdela Abubaker - Hageray (6:09)
8. Abdela Abubaker - Tsebhi Tsom (5:11)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Either Orchestra - Live @ Jazz World Stage, Glastonbury (28.06.08)


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Either/Orchestra with 

                                   Mulatu Astatke, 
                                          Alemayehu Eshete,  
                                   Getatchew Mekurya and  
                                   Mahmoud Ahmed

Either Orchestra feat. Alemayehu Eshete and Mahmoud Ahmed

01. Either Orchestra feat. Mulatu Astatke - Munaye (10:43)
02. Either Orchestra feat. Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo Sew (13:22)

03. Either Orchestra feat. Alemayehu Eshete - Addis Abeba Bete (6:16)
04. Either Orchestra feat. Alemayehu Eshete - Qotchegn Messassate (5:23)
05. Either Orchestra feat. Alemayehu Eshete - Mekeyershin Salawq (4:23)

06. Either Orchestra feat. Getatchew Mekurya - Shellela (4:35)
07. Either Orchestra feat. Getatchew Mekurya - Gèdamay (2:03)
08. Either Orchestra feat. Getatchew Mekurya - I Faram Gami I Faram (5:23)

09. Either Orchestra feat. Mahmoud Ahmed - Atawurulegn Léla (6:52)
10. Either Orchestra feat. Mahmoud Ahmed - Bemen Sebeb Letlash (7:17)
11. Either Orchestra feat. Mahmoud Ahmed - Ashkaru (7:01)

Either Orchestra feat. Mahmoud Ahmed

The Ex feat. Getatchew Mekurya

Either Orchestra feat. Mulatu Astatke

Aster Aweke - Live in London [1996]


     
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Aster Aweke is often called “Africa’s Aretha Franklin” and has in the past few years been based in America. She was born in Ethiopia into the family of a well-to-do government official. In the mid 1970s the young Aster began to orientate herself with the music of her homeland, and sang with several local groups until 1977. She was backed by one of the leading figures in the world of Ethiopian music, Ali Tango, not least financially. Aster Aweke began to sing with the established group, Roha Band, but broke up with them after a short time when Ethiopia was thrown into political and economic chaos at the time of the revolution. After a few years of traveling around she settled down in Washington, USA. Aster Aweke is a very competent vocalist who sings in an American-influenced style but who nevertheless has preserved an undiscovered core of Africa.

Aster Aweke must be heard!



       If the crossover moves of Aster Aweke's pair of Columbia LPs made it hard to figure why she's such a major star in the Ethiopian music world, Live in London will clue you in. The recording isn't a pristine board tape, but it genuinely captures the raucous excitement of being there amidst an enthusiastic crowd celebrating the 1996 Ethiopian New Year with their homegirl heroine. "Enthusiastic" understates the case -- suffice it to say that the musician credits include "the London Audience" on backing vocals, and that's no lie. Aweke responds by pirouetting through melismatic vocal spirals and spewing out the syllables on "Minu Tenekana" with a harsher, more guttural edge than her polished studio works. The backing quartet, minus guitar and with the keyboard melodies doubled by the saxophone of Ray Carless (who previously did international duty with Najma), masterfully negotiates the ever-surprising lope and chopping drum offbeats of Ethiopian pop beginning with the opener, "Eyoha." The lone ballad, "Teyim," prompts an audience singalong before Carless cuts loose, and "Ebo" boogies on down like an Ethiopian version of "Wang Dang Doodle." "Fikhr Anesegn" kicks, but then virtually the entire CD does -- Live in London is an excellent concert recording and a great introduction to Aster Aweke.




       Aster Aweke was born in Gonder, near Lake Tana, in Northern Ethiopia and raised in the capital city of Addis Ababa. At a very young age, Aster realized her passion for singing. As a teenager in a society that did not place a high premium on the singing profession, her decision to undertake a musical career was a difficult one to make. She knew that her choice to pursue a high-profile role in music, especially as a woman, would mean traveling a long and lonely road.
    Aster launched her professional singing career at Hager Fikir Theater. In the late 1970s, she began performing at Addis Ababa night clubs, cultivating her songwriting and singing technique and emulating Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer and other Western vocalists whose records were popular in the local discos. She performed at various clubs and hotels, including Hotel D'Afrique, Wabi Shebelle and Ras Hotel, accompanied by the Continental Band, Shebele Band, and Ibex Band (before they became known as the Roha Band).
Aster began her recording career in Ethiopia with two 45 vinyl record releases, followed by nine cassette releases. Her last cassette, Munayë, was released in 1981, coinciding with her departure from Addis Ababa to the United States. This recording cemented her status as an enduring musical tastemaker among music lovers in Ethiopia.




     Upon arriving in the United States, Aster settled in northern California. Believing that she had left her musical career behind her in Ethiopia, she focused on continuing her education. Clearly, this decision was very difficult for her, as she truly loved the profession of music. Of this period in her life, Aster says, I was miserable! Luckily, her friends persuaded her to return to the stage and 20 seconds into her first song, she recognized her true calling. I found my happiness was in singing, Aster recalls, and she moved across the country to the Washington D.C. area, which has a large and well-established Ethiopian community. There, she began singing in various Ethiopian restaurants.
In 1985, Aster was on the move again, performing for enthusiastic Ethiopian audiences in cities across North America. In the late 1980s, Aster was discovered by the London-based independent label, Triple Earth, an event that marked her entrance into the World Music scene. Shortly thereafter, she secured a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment and released two major albums, Aster and Kabu, on their Columbia label. Following her widespread popularity in the United States and Europe, Aster appeared on several radio and TV shows, including the acclaimed Night Music on the NBC television network, where she appeared as a special guest of the host, David Sanborn, one of Americas musical trendsetters. She has also appeared on CNN, BBC radio and television, PBS radio and television, CBC, and Londons Channel 4 Big World Café. Print appearances include Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Aster not only performs, but also writes and arranges music in her own unique style. Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad. Moreover, several of her songs have been included on compilation CDs, alongside other major World Music artists such as King Sunny Ade, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Youssou NDour, and Angelique Kidjo. Some of the compilation CDs containing Asters songs are Desert Blues (Network Media, GmbH, Germany), Discover the Rhythms of Africa Today (EMI Music Holland, Netherlands), Afrika (PolyGram, Norway), World Dance Beat, (K-Tel International, USA), Under the African Skies, (BBC Enterprises Limited, United Kingdom), Fruits of Freedom, (Munich Records BV, Belgium), and Its a Triple Earth, (Triple Earth Records, United Kingdom).





     Aster has topped both the Billboard and College Music Journals (CMJ) specialist charts. Kabu reached and remained at the ..1 position for four weeks on the CMJ New World music chart and was in the Top 10 for five consecutive charts (10 weeks) on Billboards World Music chart.
To date, Aster has released a total of 20 albums, six of them on CD Aster, Kabu, Ebo, Aster Aweke Live in London, Hagerë, and Sugar. While five of the CDs were recorded in various studios, the Live CD was recorded on September 16, 1996, during a sold-out concert at the prestigious London club, Hammersmith Le Palais, celebrating the Ethiopian New Year (1989 A.D.). A music video of this concert has been made, as well. Since her first CD release, Aster, she has performed for audiences at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, and various European festivals. Aster has shared the stage with renowned singers and performers, including Hue Masekela, Maria Makeba, Mano Dibango and Bradford Marsalis.
Aster has just completed her seventh album on CD, a compilation of timeless songs recorded over the last 25 years. She is currently working on a new album to be released in 2004.





       When she arrived in her homeland in 1991 for the first time in 16 years, Ethiopian-born and Washington, D.C.-based songstress Aster Aweke was greeted by thousands of loyal followers awaiting her plane. During the month-long tour that followed, Aweke performed before more than 80,000 people and showed that she remains one of Ethiopia's best-loved performers. Aweke has been equally successful throughout the world. Her second album, Kabu, spent four weeks in the top position on the CMJ New Music Charts, and was in the Top Ten of Billboard's World Music Charts for ten weeks in 1990. A native of Gandor, a small town near Lake Tara, Aweke was raised in the capital city of Addis Ababa. The daughter of senior civil servant in the Imperial government, Aweke was determined to become a musician by the age of 13. By her late teens, she was singing in Addis Ababa clubs and hotels with such bands as the Continental Band, Hotel D'Afrique Band, Shebele Band, and the Ibex Band (before they became the internationally known Roha Band). Launching a solo career, Aweke was encouraged by musical entrepreneur Ali Tango, who financed and released five cassettes and two singles of her music. By 1981, Aweke had become disillusioned by Ethiopia's oppressive political climate and relocated to the United States. Temporarily settling in the Bay Area of California with plans to pursue an education; within two years, Aweke continued on to Washington, D.C., the site of the largest Ethiopian population in the U.S. After building a following with her performances in local Ethiopian restaurants, Aweke toured the U.S. and Europe in 1985.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Helen Meles - Resani [2003] [eritrea]



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1. Helen Meles - Resani (6:06)
2. Helen Meles - Asmara (7:12)
3. Helen Meles - Hagerey (5:37)
4. Helen Meles - Megesha (6:50)
5. Helen Meles - Zantaka (5:37)
6. Helen Meles - Menas Fetari (4:23)
7. Helen Meles - Nsahe Fiqri (5:10)
8. Helen Meles - Kem Hiyaway Samrawi (5:49)
9. Helen Meles - Negusey (6:41)