Blogtrotters

Friday, August 23, 2013

v.a. - Old Gold of Ethiopia [4 cd]






       Here is a small summer present for all readers of this blog. Music for dance, talk and love. Rare and old ethiopian grooves. 210 minutes of pure joy and happiness

      The author of this blog is preparing for the vacation. There will be no new posts untill mid of september.

      Enjoy ethiopian music, write, comment and suggest.


                                                                                                    B.







cd 1 

01. Telahun Guesese & Mohamud Ahmed - Ye Meegeeb Aynetoch (6:11)
02. Telahun Gesese - Abat Des Yelewahal (6:53)
03. Wubshaw Sileshi - Yih New Getinet (3:24)
04. Abebe H. Micael & Walias Band - Ya Gabrie (2:49)
05. Samuel Belay - Aynotchesh Yerefu (3:08)
06. Alemayehu Eshete and Hirut Beqele - Temeles (3:20)
07. Menelik Wossenachew - Lantchi Biye (3:07)
08. Menelik Wossenachew - Mekaberene Liyew (3:31)
09. Menelik Wossenachew - Chereka (3:14)
10. Bizunesh Bekele - Felagote (2:54)
11. Bezunesh Bekele - Meegnoten Man Yawkal (4:13)
12. Bezunesh Bekele - Sintun Ayehu Bante (4:23)
13. Hirut Bekele - Almokèrkum Nèbèr (3:23)
14. Hirut Bekele - Essu Nèw Mèssèlègn (2:47)
15. Wallias Band - Muziqawi Silt (3:46)



cd 2

16. Hirut Bekele - unknown track (5:03)
17. Seifu Yohanes - Metche Dershe (3:58)
18. Seifu Yohanes - Hana (3:53)
19. Girma Beyene - Ene Negn Bay Manesh (4:02)
20. Girma Negash - Yen Hassab (3:50)
21. Girma Beyene - Fikir Ende Kirar (3:35)
22. Lema Demissew - Astawesalehu (4:05)
23. Lema Demissew - Adrashash Tefabeegn (2:42)
24. Mulatu Astatke - Maskaram Setaba (1:47)
25. Bahta Gebre Heywet - Ancheem Ende Layla (2:49)
26. Bahta Gebre Heywet - Tessassategn Eko (4:05)
27. Merwaye Yohanes - Soube Keremela (3:08)
28. Bezunesh Bekele - Fikir Habeet Iko New (3:03)
29. Bezunesh Bekele - Wode Metahubet Mender (3:47)



cd 3

30. Bahta Gebre Heywet - Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh (2:47)
31. Tesfa Maryam Kidane - Yetesfa Tezeta (2:40)
32. Mulatu Astatke - Kasalefkut Hulu (2:46)
33. Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo Sew (4:15)
34. Mulatu Astatke - Emnete (3:26)
35. Mulatu Astatke - Netsanet (5:35)
36. Tesfa Mariam Kidane - Heywete (5:17)
37. Teshome Mitiku - Yekermo Sew (4:18)
38. Teshome Mitiku - Hassabe (3:57)
39. Seyoum Gebreyes & Alem-Girma Band - Hametagnaw (3:25)
40. Teferi Feleke - Aynamayé (2:15)
41. Alemayehu Eshete and Hirut Beqele - Temeles (3:20)
42. Getatchew Kassa & Soul Ekos Band - Bey Lesnabetesh (4:03)
43. Wubshèt Fisseha & Exception Five Band - Sew endayhin Yellem (3:38)



cd 4

44. Getatchew Mekurya - Almaz Yeharerwa (3:48)
45. Muluken Mellesse - Embwa Belew (3:59)
46. Bezunesh Bekele & Imperial Bodyguard Band - Bezunesh Bekele & Imperial Bodyguard Band (1:58)
47. Bezunesh Bekele - Tegel New (3:31)
48. Hirut Bekele & Police Orchestra - Ewnetegna Feqer (3:15)
49. Hirut Bekele - Demam Konjo (5:24)
50. Abbebe Tessemma - Gebru Guratch Gute (2:45)
51. Seyoum Gebreyes and Wallias Band - Muziqa Muziqa (3:46)
52. Teshomé Mitiku - Yèzeèmèd Yèbaed (3:52)
53. Ayalew Mesfin - Lene Antchi Bitcha Nesh (4:00)
54. Tamrat Ferendji & Sensation Band - Antchin Yagegnulet (4:04)
55. Ayalew Mesfin - Hasabe (4:00)
56. Alemayehu Eshete - Eskegizew Bertchi (3:17)
57. The Ashantis - I Wanna Do My Thing (3:54)


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Eyob Mekonnen - Ende Kal [2010]


   R.I.P.   


 Popular Ethiopian reggae singer 
Eyob Mekonnen has died.


    Eyob Mekonnen (12 October 1975 - 18 August 2013) was an Ethiopian reggae singer. His songs were well known for their themes of "love, understanding, and respect".

     Eyob was born in Jijiga in 1975, during the start of the Ethiopian Civil War. His father, Mekonnen Yalem, was an officer in the Ethiopian Army during the war in Eritrea, which was credited with inspiring him to impart peaceful messages in songs such as "Nekchalehu" and "Negen Layew".
He moved to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, when he was young, and attended school whilst maintaining an interest in music.



       He joined a five-person band called the Zion Band, which was described as having a "reggae beat with a distinctive Ethiopian cast".The band became a fixture at popular clubs in Addis Ababa, performing opening acts for popular singers like Haileye Tadesse, who sung songs like "Song of the Dominions" and "Anthem of the Movement". His musical style was unique, not only mixing popular Amharic music with reggae, but also Oromo popular music, counting Ali Birra as one of his major influences, alongside Bob Marley. 


       In 2010, he released his first album, Ende Kal. Although lukewarmly received by audiences at first, as it differed from the often synthesized, electronic music that had prevailed since the era of the Derg and the demise of the big bands of the Haile Selassie era. Slowly, however, the album gained a following and "great national acclaim".

       His songs dealt with issues of and promoted "morality, love, peace and social consciousness", themes that made them popular and hard-hitting. In 2010 he embarked on a campaign called "Finding Peace" to help heal rifts caused by the disputes in the parliamentary elections.
     In 2012 he released two singles; "Beyemehalu" and "Negen Layew". He was beginning to tour abroad, particularly in Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands.





       On 13 August 2013 Eyob suffered a ischemic stroke brought on by atrial fibrillation and entered a coma, however he was in otherwise good health. His fans and his promoter, Yisakal Entertainment, took to Facebook to post updates on his conditions and raise funds for his treatment on a page called "Let Us Pray for Eyob Mekonnen". Due to these efforts, Eyob was moved to Nairobi on 17 August, however he died on 18 August due to complications. He was credited with sparking a movement towards live music and away from so called "one man bands" and furthering the popularity of reggae and roots music in Ethiopia.


01. Eyob Mekonnen - Nekchalehu (3:44)
02. Eyob Mekonnen - Negen Layew (5:35)
03. Eyob Mekonnen - Yene Konjo duet with Zeritu Kebede (3:51)
04. Eyob Mekonnen - Yemeder Dershaya (6:09)
05. Eyob Mekonnen - Endatefash (4:02)
06. Eyob Mekonnen - Debezezesh (6:26)
07. Eyob Mekonnen - Yezebarekalu (5:04)
08. Eyob Mekonnen - Ye Ewenetuan New (4:45)
09. Eyob Mekonnen - Yekunkua Felasefa (4:45)
10. Eyob Mekonnen - Wekil Nesh (3:07)
11. Eyob Mekonnen - Rekeda (5:06)
12. Eyob Mekonnen - Man ende kal (Nothing like a promise) (4:16)


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Teshome Mitiku - 10 years [1999-2009]



Teshome Mitiku - Senseless War

          Teshome Mitiku has had a legendary 40-year career at the heart of Ethiopian music, forming the massively popular Soul Ekos Band in Addis Ababa in the 1960s.

       The Soul Ekos Band was the first to combine traditional Ethiopian music with the sounds of electric soul and popular music from the West. They were absolute superstars, playing regularly in front of crowds of 60,000 in Ethiopia, Sudan & Kenya.

       In the late 60's, Teshome (singer/keyboard), Theodros "Teddy" Mitiku (alto saxophone), Tamrat Ferendji (trumpet), Fekade Amde-Meskel (bass), Tesfaye Mekonnen (drums), Alula Yohannes (guitar) and Seifu Yohannes (singer) joined to form the influential Soul Ekos Band. The band released numerous songs, including 4 tracks written by Teshome like Gara Ser New Betesh, Yezemed Yebada, Mot Adeladlogn and Hasabe. 


Teshome Mitiku is featured on volumes 1, 4 and 10 of the celebrated Ethiopiques series from Buda Records, featuring thrilling discoveries from the vibrant Ethiopian music scene of the 1970s. 

His songs have also appeared on the popular Rough Guide series of world music compilations.


            Here is a compilation from his latest three albums : Yegna Neger, Yesterday & Today, Topia's Deluge and collaboration with Frehiwot Lemma from album Zefen.





01. Teshome Mitiku - Ambati (5:11)
02. Teshome Mitiku - Almazye (5:15)
03. Teshome Mitiku - Yegna Neger (8:13)
04. Teshome Mitiku & Frehiwot Lemma - Bati (7:46)
05. Teshome Mitiku - Photoyen Ayechew (4:52)
06. Teshome Mitiku - Senseless War (6:57)
07. Teshome Mitiku & Frehiwot Lemma - Eshururu (5:06)
08. Teshome Mitiku & Frehiwot Lemma - Kante Gar (5:58)
09. Teshome Mitiku & Frehiwot Lemma - Susegnash (6:08)
10. Teshome Mitiku - Leader-less People (6:10)
11. Teshome Mitiku - Gimash Sewenete (6:45)

v.a. - Tezeta [Tizita] [T'zeta]


                          R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   


Tizita
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Tizita (var. Tezeta; "memory", "nostalga" or "longing") is a type of song in Ethiopian and Eritrean music. The term itself may serve as the name of a ballad performed in this style, or it can refer to the musical mode used in such songs. Western sources often compare tizita to the blues.



Azmaris first introduced tizita. Modern Ethiopian artists who have performed tizita songs include Aster Aweke, Bezawork Asfaw, Teddy Afro and Mahmoud Ahmed.


                   mahmoud ahmed & badume's band - tezeta



01. Aster Aweke - Tizita (Memories) (4:51)

02. Mahmoud Ahmed - Tezeta (6:52)
03. Alemayehu Esheté - Alteleyeshegnem (4:58)
04. Gètatchèw Kassa - Tezeta Slow (9:03)
05. Mulatu Astatqé - Tezeta (6:15)
06. Chachi - Tizita (6:11)
07. Mahmoud Ahmed - Tizita (11:12)
08. Hana Shenkute - Tizeta (7:14)
09. Netsanet - Teyikesh Tereji (4:33)
10. Tsehai Yohannes - Nafkot Yibeka (7:34)
11. Sounds of Saba - Tizia (11:25)
12. Getashew Kassa - Tizita (10:03)
13. Rahel Yohnnes - Tizita (6:14)


                               Tezeta - Seyfou Yohannes


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wedel Bikri - [1996] - Oumri Al-Baghi (What's Left of My Years) [sudan]




Original post at Awesome Tapes from Africa



     Wad El-Bakri (Wedel Bikri) -  Oumri Al-Baghi (What's Left of My Years)




        ود البكري, full name: Abdel-Baqi Ahmad Al-Bakri, is a Sudanese singer from the White-Nile delta region. He used to work as a pharmacist, and started singing at local haflas (communal parties and gatherings) paid too little for his singing and rabab-playing in the early 80's. 
        Then with time, he learned to master the oud and got his full backing orchestra. Lately, he began singing only madayeh (adulatory) religious songs on a satellite channel in Sudan. 




Dawit Tesfamariam - Saturday Night [eritrean sax instrumental] [2004]


                         R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   


        Dawit Tesfamariam is eritrean saxophone player. Got his album "Saturday Night" from 2004,  and that's all I know about him. If you have any piece of information about this excellent musician, just let me know, and I will post it here. 

      I like his album very much. Rip is not perfect, but who cares. His music is modern, melodic and relaxing. Enjoy.





1. Dawit Tesfamariam - Hewan (8:16)
2. Dawit Tesfamariam - Seger Betna  (9:22)
3. Dawit Tesfamariam - Baburay (7:01)
4. Dawit Tesfamariam - Hadar Gierki (6:21)
5. Dawit Tesfamariam - Kemaolka Hawey (8:08)
6. Dawit Tesfamariam - Weledi (7:14)
7. Dawit Tesfamariam - Qedam Mshet (7:35)
8. Dawit Tesfamariam - Kamey Aleki (9:01)


Monday, August 19, 2013

v.a. - ethio jazz compilation [vol 2] [2012]


  R   E  U  P  L  O  A  D   




01. Mulatu Astatke - Maskaram Setaba (1:47)
02. Seyfu Yohannes - Yekermo sew (4:16)
03. Getatchew Mekurya - Muziqa Heywete (3:09)
04. Tesfa Maryam Kidane - Heywete (5:16)
05. Bahta Gebre-Heywet - Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh (2:47)
06. Girma Beyene - Ene Negn Bay Manesh (4:02)
07. Charles Sutton quartet - Uuta ayaskefam (5:40)
08. Sax Summit - Feker ende sekuar (8:18)
09. Mulatu Astatke - Mascaram Setaba (2:49)
10. Arat Kilo - Get a Chew (4:48)
11. Akalé Wubé - Ragalé (5:10)
12. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Selam Temagwet (5:36)
13. Either/orchestra - Muziqawi Silt - Either/orchestra,Girma Beyene  (8:01)



14. Mulatu Astatke - Kasalefkut-Hulu (2:28)
15. Asmara All Stars - Bloom Brothers Mood (6:36)
16. Dawit Firew Hailu - Dink Lij Nesh (5:22)
17. Daniel WGabriel - Befikirish Meyaze (6:10)
18. Tesfa Mariam Kidane - My Life in Music (4:18)
19. Abiyou Solomon - Ethiopia 2000 (Millennium Song) (5:49)
20. Ethio Band - Ethiopian melody (7:29)
21. Girma Wolde Michael - Wetatwa (6:45)
22. Theodros Mitiku - Fikirih Beretabigne (4:57)
23. Nebiyu T. Kebede - Easy Do It (5:14)
24. Moges Habte - Walias Groove (6:41)
25. Yared Tefera - Uuta Ayaskefam (6:05)
26. Tilaye Gebre - Muzika Hiwote (6:04)
27. Wudasse - Ya Debele (6:15)



      http://www.mediafire.com/?s7c1o1optoh9enm 


Yared Abraham - Yenat Wuletawa





        Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Yared Abraham was exposed to both traditional and modern Ethiopian music from his early age. He attended his high school in the United States where he continued his music lessons. Yared continued to develp his musical talent and subsequently went on to study computer based music recording softwears. 
        While attending college, Yared started to perform as a one-man band at various clubs and restaurants. Ever since then his music career has taken him across Africa, US, Europe and the Middle East where he performed with various Ethiopian artists like Aster Aweke, Mohamoud Ahmed, Theodros Tadesse, Hamelmal Abate, Ephrem Tamiru and so on…

      Yared Abraham is currently on tour with Abugida Band as a keyboard player.


01. Yared Abraham - Anchi lij/Shegeye (7:45)
02. Yared Abraham - Teyekesh Tereji (6:00)
03. Yared Abraham - Endet Nesh (5:02)
04. Yared Abraham - Anchi Keto (5:47)
05. Yared Abraham - Yenat Wuletawa (6:11)
06. Yared Abraham - Keto Salawek (4:42)
07. Yared Abraham - Kumetesh Loga Naw (5:40)
08. Yared Abraham - Gara Ser Naw (6:02)
09. Yared Abraham - Yemata Yemata (7:22)
10. Yared Abraham - Kagnesh Alu (4:35)
11. Yared Abraham - Bertukane (3:08)


Bezawork Asfaw - Lemenor


   R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   




01. Bezawork Asfaw - Polisu (6:06)
02. Bezawork Asfaw - Simesh (9:05)
03. Bezawork Asfaw - Lemenor (10:17)
04. Bezawork Asfaw - Yemaygebaw (6:08)
05. Bezawork Asfaw - Yemanesh Yelognal (7:21)
06. Bezawork Asfaw - Betamem (5:18)
07. Bezawork Asfaw - Yagere Ayer Tiragn (8:53)
08. Bezawork Asfaw - Sew Mamen (4:01)
09. Bezawork Asfaw - Lehid Lesededew (5:34)
10. Bezawork Asfaw - Chalew (6:15)



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Getatchew Mekuria - Y'Anbessaw Tezeta Disc 1 & 2 [2012]


Original post @ AfroCubanLatinJazz



       Enamored by saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria's Ethiopiques 14 CD "The Negus of Ethiopian Sax", The Ex invited Mekuria to play at their 25th anniversary party in November, 2004 at Paradiso in Amsterdam. Mekuria's career stretches back to 1948, and though in his 70's, this was his first time out of Ethiopia. The results were compelling, so much so that The Ex and Mekuria decided to tour France together. So pleased were both that when Mekuria suggested recording a CD with The Ex they jumped at the chance, each choosing material with distinctive Ethiopian flavor, but which allowed both to remain true to their own music. With an added horn section, and Cor Fuhler on organ for 3 pieces, this magnificent CD is the result, an excellent extension to both The Ex and Mekuria. Includes a 32 page booklet with Mekuria's history, lyrics, and photos.

        Mekuria began his musical studies on traditional Ethiopian instruments such as the krar and the masenqo, and later moved on to the saxophone and clarinet. Upon reaching adolescence, he began his professional career in 1949 as a part of the Municipality Band in Addis Ababa. In 1955 he joined the house band at Addis' Haile Selassie I Theatre, and in 1965 joined the famous Police Orchestra. He was also one of the first musicians to record an instrumental version of shellela, a genre of traditional Ethiopian vocal music sung by warriors before going into battle. 

       Mekuria took the shellela tradition seriously, often appearing onstage in a warrior's animal-skin tunic and lion's mane headdress. He continued to refine his instrumental shellela style, recording an entire album in 1970, Negus of Ethiopian Sax, released on Philips Ethiopia during the heyday of the Ethiojazz movement. Mekuria continued to work alongside many of the biggest orchestras in the Ethiopian capital, accompanying renowned singers Alemayehu Eshete, Hirut Beqele, and Ayalew Mesfin.

         Mekuria reached an international audience when his album Negus of Ethiopian Sax was re-released as part of the Ethiopiques CD series. Mekurya's playing style has been compared to free jazz, but developed in isolation from it during the early 1950s. Mekurya has said he is unfamiliar with either Ornette Coleman or Albert Ayler.

       The album Negus of Ethiopian Sax caught the ears of Dutch avant-garde/punk band The Ex who invited the septuagenarian sax player to perform at their 25th anniversary show in Amsterdam in November 2004. In turn, Mekuria asked the Ex to be the backup band for his 2006 album, Moa Anbessa. The Ex and Mekuria toured The Netherlands, Belgium and France together in 2006 and 2007, and then the United States in 2008 and Canada in 2009.

       Getatchew Mekuria has added his distinctive sound to collaborations with numerous other contemporary artists, including British Tamil singer Susheela Raman and Boston jazz ensemble Either/Orchestra. He still lives in Addis Ababa, and regularly performs at the Sunset Bar at the Sheraton Addis.





    Getatchew Mekuria, The Ex + Friends          
 Y'Anbessaw Tezeta 


Getatchew Mekuria (tenor saxophone),
Arnold de Boer (trumpet),
Terrie Hessels (guitar),
Andy Moor (guitar),
Xavier Charles (clarinet),
Ken Vandermark (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet),
Brodie West (alto saxophone),
Joost Buis (trombone),
Wolter Wierbos (trombone),
Colin McLean (bass)


Recorded December 6/7 2011, February 24/28 2012, April 5/23 2012 in Jottum, Wormerveer, Holland, and May 3 2012 in Fendika, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Woima Collective - Tezeta [germany+ethiopia] [2010]



                  R    E    U    P    L    O    A    D   


       "...The Brass unit from Germany's Poets of Rhythm bring the Ethio-funk on this recent release entitled, Tezeta. Clearly inspired by Mulatu Astatke, the band takes its cue from the golden age of Ethiopian music. Spacey organ, reeds o' plenty, snapping drums, low end bass all create some seriously snaking grooves..."

                                                              Woima Collective - Marz


       "...Infectious album of Ethiopian and Afro-jazz inspired grooves from members of lauded German funk unit Poets Of Rhythm. 'Tezeta' came about after group leader and tenor sax player Johannes Schleiermacher was smitten with the sounds he soaked up on trips to Morocco and the feelings of celebration and healing in Gnawan trance performances. Further meetings with the legendary Ethio-jazz master, Mulatu Astatke, prompted him to set up a ten piece unit and after a three day rehearsal and a pair of two day recording session, this album was created. The result is brilliantly diverse album, ranging from fiery funk arrangements akin to the Heliocentrics, to super-cool and dubby workouts imbued with a skilled freedom and sublime groove which will surely impress any fans of the Ethiopiques series..."

Interview with Woima Collective :



               The Woima Collective has produced a remarkable set of Ethiopian-styled grooves with its debut record, Tezeta, released on the Netherlands-based record label Kindred Spirts. Including the brass-section members of the internationally respected German funk outfit Poets of Rhythm, the Collective channels the sweet funk and jazz rhythms of Mulatu Astatke, with a sound that matches his legendary 1960s and '70s recordings.
         Led by tenor saxophonist Johannes Schleiermacher, who was inspired by the African rhythms found during his travels through Morocco, the 10-musician collective has one of the tightest rhythm sections in the contemporary scene. Though originally brought together to record a single at the Lovelite Facility in Berlin, the Collective soon turned the one-time session in a full-blown album, rehearsing and recording Tezeta in only five days.

                                             Woima Collective - Puno

         Creating a cohesive record in five days with disciplined arrangements and complex instrumental dynamics calls for an extremely talented group of musicians, and it’s quite clear the Collective knows its North African music. Tezeta is filled with bottom-heavy percussion brought to life with horn-driven grooves decorated by guitar-plucked rhythms.
                   Ethiopian music takes presence from dark, pentatonic scales, giving the music a hypnotic and smooth nature. The Collective takes this approach and leaves it open-ended, allowing ample room for instrumental spotlights and extended solos. Album opener “Marz” is a fitting introduction to the group, with groovy organ and brass solos that can only be described as snake-like. It is reminiscent of the work of Sun Ra, but with very distinct African horn phrases.



       Tracks such as “Woima” and “Puno” have an intrinsically sinister quality, partly due to the forboding horn lines that threaten to go atonal at a moment’s notice, but also because of the fuzzy drone organ that keeps it all together. Underlying it all, however, is a slight tinge of funk, heard best on "Wayna" and "Illusions," tracks that swing hard with a wide array of reed solos and funky guitar licks.

       Tezeta is an album with an excellent tonal texture that is matched by world-class musicianship. The Woima Collective has combined funk aesthetics with otherworldly melodic modes. The outcome is a beautiful blend of relentless breakbeat rhythms typical of the European funk scene with the unique melodic pulse of North Africa.



Ejigayehu 'Gigi' Shibabaw - One Ethiopia [2000]


   R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   







01. Gigi Shibabaw - Ande Ethiopia (6:42)
02. Gigi Shibabaw - Eeske Meche (6:37)
03. Gigi Shibabaw - Na (6:38)
04. Gigi Shibabaw - Salayew (5:46)
05. Gigi Shibabaw - Gera Geru (6:09)
06. Gigi Shibabaw - Abo Shemane (5:31)
07. Gigi Shibabaw - Adey Abeba (6:26)
08. Gigi Shibabaw - Gela (6:47)
09. Gigi Shibabaw - Kwass Media (6:04)
10. Gigi Shibabaw - Amnalehu (6:37)

Bole 2 Harlem - Bole 2 Harlem [vol 1] [2006]

     
                                   R    E    U    P    L    O    A    D    


 “fuses up-to-the-minute flavors of hip hop, reggaeton, global music and the lore of traditional Ethiopian rituals” 

                                           -- David Weiss, Mix Magazine, June 2006





       This upbeat fusion of Ehtiopia world beat and Hip-hop leaves you breathless from the outset and never lets go. The opening track Bole to Harlem sets a wonderful danceable tone. One of the biggest complaints about hip hop are the repetitive and redundant themes. Its hard to not enjoy the blended rhythms of hip hop combined with bole. This is a cd you will play and before you know it, its all you want to listen to.



      
                 Rediscover the revolutionary world/urban record that Songlines Magazine calls "One of the 75 Best World Music Albums ever." 

                Bole is the entry/exit point for Ethiopia, and Harlem is the entry/exit place for African music in America. 

               Bole 2 Harlem, Volume 1 is a party, a celebration, a gift back to Ethiopia. The world can flow as one. Music is the frontier to pave the way. Originally released in 2006, Bole 2 Harlem Volume 1 was immediately hailed as a global/urban music classic. 


01. Bole 2 Harlem  4:12 
02. Hoya Hoye  4:07
03. Ensaralen Gojo  5:26
04. Ametballe  4:59 
05. Hi Loga  4:22
06. Endegena  4:50
07. Home  5:58
08. Ya Selam  3:55
09. Aya Bellew  4:44
10. Harlem 2 Bole  2:30 
11. Quralew  1:46
12. Enseralen Gojo (Remix)  8:58
13. Africaye!  2:28


Monday, August 12, 2013

Neway Debebe - Amen [2002]


                       R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   


       Neway Debebe has been described as possessing a "voice of silk". A protégé of poet Tilahoun Gessesse, Debebe first attracted attention as the lead vocalist of The Roha Band, a tradition-rooted Ethiopian pop band that has supplied accompaniment on more than two hundred and fifty recordings by such top-ranked Ethiopian vocalists as Aster Aweke, Tilahoun Gessesse and Mahmoud Ahmed. 




       Debebe has also performed with Three Flowers, a group he shares with Tsegaye Eshetu and Areghagn Wersash.





01. Neway Debebe - Dehena Nat (7:16)
02. Neway Debebe - Ethiopia (7:23)
03. Neway Debebe - Amen (6:09)
04. Neway Debebe - Belay (6:25)
05. Neway Debebe - Terote Leshelemat (5:11)
06. Neway Debebe - Keremela (6:05)
07. Neway Debebe - Alewashem (6:38)
08. Neway Debebe - HoyaHoye (6:30)
09. Neway Debebe - Esua Endefekedech (7:43)
10. Neway Debebe - Alebeltem (6:20)