Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Manalemosh Dibo - Assa Belew [2004] [ethiopia]

Manalemosh Dibo - Awdamet

       Manalemosh Dibo was a young singer who’s popularity grew with each song she released. She wass particularly well-known for her traditional songs such as Asabelew, Awdamet, and Minjar.

         Manalemosh passed away from natural causes, in 2009.

01. Manalemosh Dibo - Gondre (6:37)
02. Manalemosh Dibo - Demem Sew (7:10)
03. Manalemosh Dibo - Awdamet (6:08)
04. Manalemosh Dibo - Wolo (6:24)
05. Manalemosh Dibo - Atinkubegn (5:12)
06. Manalemosh Dibo - Minjare (6:08)
07. Manalemosh Dibo - Tew Belut (6:24)
08. Manalemosh Dibo - Merre (7:43)
09. Manalemosh Dibo - Ej Wedelay (5:07)
10. Manalemosh Dibo - Eshruru (5:33)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wushinfir Argaw - [1998] - Shegiye [ethiopia]

      Wushinfir Argaw has a wonderful, flexible and soulful voice. I enjoy listening to this CD - especially to songs 2,4,7. 

       Wushinfir is one of the best singers in contemporary Ethiopian music. His voice reminds me of the great Muluken Melesse, but is more traditional.

    This CD is recommended to anyone who wants to hear a great vocalist singing his country's traditional songs

01. Wushinfir Argaw - Shegiye (6:47)
02. Wushinfir Argaw - Mela New (5:43)
03. Wushinfir Argaw - Dimam Gella (6:05)
04. Wushinfir Argaw - Kebrarit Gondere (6:58)
05. Wushinfir Argaw - Kezeba (4:37)
06. Wushinfir Argaw - Erre Ney (4:01)
07. Wushinfir Argaw - Ye-Batti Lij (7:01)
08. Wushinfir Argaw - Yiwtalign (5:10)
09. Wushinfir Argaw - Mushiraye (6:59)
10. Wushinfir Argaw - Shitta Lommiye (7:03)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tsehaytu Beraki - Selam [2004] [eritrea]

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         Tsehaytu Beraki (Sun Of Eritrea) is an absolutely legendary singer from Eritrea. Born in 1939 in Quatit, a small village, she soon picked up the krar (5-string harp) and after moving to the capital Asmara she became a famous singer in bars, to attract men to the local traditional beer houses.

        Her courage and inspiration still mean a lot to all Eritreans. When the situation became too bad, she too had to flee into Sudan and in 1988 she ended up in Rotterdam, Holland.


       "I found Tsehaytu by coincidence in Rotterdam, Holland, discouraged and not playing much anymore. I build her a new krar and after some practice sessions, we decided to record the CD together. There isn't really much Eritrean music recorded, from those days.

    The songs are as authentic as possible, Tsehaytu playing all the instruments; the krarkobero and bass-krar. To western ears it is largely unknown music.

       These strange, beautiful rhythms and these moving, almost blues-like ballads. The 17 songs are from different periods of Tshehaytu¹s life. From the very first successes till brand new material, commenting on the latest. With many people involved, we worked for four years on the project, out of respect and love for Tsehaytu's music and person. She deserves to be well documented and remain remembered as a great musician.

     The double CD, with more than two and a half hours of music, also includes a book with an incredible interview about her life, culture and history. It also contains many old photos and the lyrics.

      I wanted to make this wonderful music available to the western music lovers, but of course I realize it is the heritage of Eritrean culture and I know how important Tsehaytu was for the Eritrean people, both young and old."

Terrie Ex

01.  Tsèhaytu Bèraki  - Atzmtom Keskisom (9:58)
02. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Iley Li Habelmalet (9:29)
03. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Abashawel (7:06)
04. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Hallu (8:34)
05. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Harestai (10:02)
06. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Sport Malet (6:00)
07. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Asmara (12:25)
08. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Freweini (7:14)
09. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Askarbay Gomma (5:18)
10. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Bisenselet Fegri (13:17)
11. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Mejemeria Fegri (4:53)
12. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Simsim (11:02)
13. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Ilkanere Beantebo (11:44)
14. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Lale Bola (5:26)
15. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Kabacha Meflayey (7:53)
16. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Ade (10:42)
17. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Selam (13:31)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Petites Planètes - Now Ethiopia • GAMO GAMO • Tribal songs from the south [2012] [ethiopia] [FLAC}

originaly posted HERE :

GAMO GAMO • tribal voices from the south

1. Aba Chefo   07:14
2. Gamo   07:41
3. Oho Amba   05:45
4. Funeral Polyphony   02:44
5. Dita   08:30

recorded by Vincent Moon & Jacob Kirkegaard 
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

may 2012 

mixed by Jacob Kirkegaard 

Debo Band - Debo Band [2012] [usa-ethiopia]

Debo Band - Debo Band [Full Album Stream]

         Debo Band is a 11-piece Ethio-groove collective that has quickly earned an ever-growing and enthusiastic following in the loft spaces, neighborhood bars, and church basements of Boston, MA (USA) performing for American, and Ethiopian and Eritrean communities. Since 2006, Debo Band has been immersed in the unlikely confluence of traditional East African polyrhythms and pentatonic scales, classic American soul and funk music, and the instrumentation of Eastern European brass bands, which produced a unique form of dance music that Ethiopian audiences instantly recognize as the soundtrack of their youth, carried from party to kitchen on the ubiquitous cassette tapes of the time.  And increasingly, erudite American and European audiences are also getting hip to the Ethiopian groove, largely through CD reissues of Ethiopian classics on the Ethiopiques series.

       With a unique instrumentation – including horns, strings, and accordion – that is a nod to the big bands of Haile Selassie’s time, Debo Band is carrying the torch of classic Ethiopian music by giving new life to these old sounds. Their lead vocalist, Bruck Tesfaye, has the kind of pipes that reverberate with the sound of beloved Ethiopian vocalists like Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete.  But Debo Band is not content simply “covering” the older styles – they also perform original compositions and new arrangements of songs from modern and contemporary artists such as Teddy Afro and Roha Band.  Their expansive repertoire and spirited performances have earned them respect and recognition, leading to concert opportunities such as opening for legendary Ethiopian greats Tilahun Gessesse and Getatchew Mekuria

       Danny Mekonnen, an Ethiopian-American jazz saxophonist and a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Harvard University, created Debo as a way of exploring the unique sounds that filled the dance clubs of “Swinging Addis” and as an outlet for experimenting with new arrangements, configurations, and compositional techniques. In addition to their dedication to Ethiopian music, the other members of Debo Band are involved in a huge array of musical projects, ranging from free jazz and experimental rock music to chamber and orchestral music. Band members have composed full orchestral works, scored silent films and documentaries, recorded albums with homemade electronic instruments, and for fun, study folk music traditions from around the world, including Balkan folk music, Balinese Gamelan, and Brazilian percussion 

For the last several months, Debo Band has committed itself to spreading its music to audiences far and wide. In early 2009 Debo toured the U.S. East Coast taking their Ethiopian grooves to diverse venues in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, Debo Band inspired all kinds of people to get up and dance, whether they had never seen iskista, the Ethiopian shoulder dance, or had been dancing it since childhood. 

       In May 2009, Debo traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to perform at the 8th Ethiopian Music Festival, an engagement supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These performances affected Debo Band’s creative and professional development in significant ways, particularly in the collaboration they began with several traditional musicians – vocalist Selamnesh Zemene, dancer Zinash Tsegaye, drummer Asrat Ayalew, and washint (flute) player Yohannes Afewerk. All accomplished musicians in their own right, these musicians have collectively over fifty years of experience at prestigious venues ranging from the National Theater of Ethiopia to Fendika, a leading azmari bet, or traditional music house, in Addis Ababa. Working with these four musicians, Debo Band grows into a forceful, energetic, and authoritative thirteen-piece Ethiopian ensemble capable of delightful, one-of-a-kind performances. 

01. Debo Band - Akale Wube (5:01)
02. Debo Band - Ney Ney Weleba (5:30)
03. Debo Band - Not Just a Song (6:06)
04. Debo Band - Yefeker Wegagene (5:30)
05. Debo Band - Asha Gedawo (5:13)
06. Debo Band - Tenesh Kelbe Lay (5:15)
07. Debo Band - And Lay (4:53)
08. Debo Band - Medinanna Zelesegna (4:11)
09. Debo Band - Habesha (6:51)
10. Debo Band - Ambassel (7:06)
11. Debo Band - DC Flower (3:22)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hana Shenkute - Yiqir Beqa [1999] [ethiopia]

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01. Hana Shenkute - Yiqir Beqa (4:24)
02. Hana Shenkute - Ajeb New (5:50)
03. Hana Shenkute - Sew Alegne (6:57)
04. Hana Shenkute - Geba Woy Gedam (6:51)
05. Hana Shenkute - Aletshalegn (5:30)
06. Hana Shenkute - Imye Ethiopia (6:03)
07. Hana Shenkute - Aleqsalehu (6:34)
08. Hana Shenkute - Endew Zim (6:21)
09. Hana Shenkute - Zew Bel (6:02)
10. Hana Shenkute - Iyut Guden (5:58)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Either/Orchestra - More beautiful than death [2000] [usa]

Either/Orchestra with Tsedenia Markos live in Ethiopia - Bati

      The Either/Orchestra (E/O) is a jazz group formed by Russ Gershon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1985. 

      E/O is configured as a "small big band", with three saxes, two trumpets and one or two trombones. E/O's is characterized by a heavier and more orchestrated sound than that of a smaller jazz combo, but remains more streamlined and improvisation-oriented than most big bands.

       With a small but significant change of instrumentation - add congas/percussion, remove one trombone - and major changes in personnel - only bandleader Russ Gershon and veterans Tom Halter and Charlie Kohlhase are holdovers from their last album - the E/O has made its most sensual, rhythm-heavy recording ever.

       Famous for the breadth of its musical vision, the E/O rides the powerful drums of Harvey Wirht, from Suriname, and the exciting congas of Vicente Lebron, from the Dominican Republic, on a trip from North American jazz/blues/funk, to Latin jazz, and Township jazz/calypso, to Ethiopian pop tunes from the '70s. All of these grooves are incorporated into original compositions by Gershon, except for the three Ethiopian tunes which have been arranged by the band.

     The result is an intoxicating brew, forceful and seductive, with memorable melodies, superb ensemble playing and some of the best soloing ever heard in the long history of the Either/Orchestra. This is without a doubt the most accessible E/O album ever. The groove emphasis brings the E/O's tradition of challenging writing and cutting edge playing into a form that will be enjoyed by fans of African music, Latin music, even reggae and jam bands, without losing the core of E/O fans and jazz critics.

Tom Halter - trumpet, flugelhorn
Colin Fisher - trumpet, flugelhorn
Joel Yennior - trombone
Jaleel Shaw - alto saxophone
Russ Gershon - tenor, soprano saxophones
Charlie Kohlhase - baritone saxophone
Dan Kaufman - Steinway, Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos, Hammond B-3
Rick McLaughlin - bass
Harvey Wirht - drums
Vicente Lebron - congas, bongos, percussion

1. Amiak Abet Abet (Teshome Sissay; arr. by E/O; 10:03)
2. Number Three (10:20)
3. More Beautiful than Death (10:46)
4. Musicawi Silt (Girma Beyene; arr. by E/O; 6:21)
5. Breaktime for Dougo (8:35)
6. All Those SOBs (8:58)
7. Slow Mambo for J.J. (4:53)
8. Feker Aydelmwey (Ayalew Mesfin; arr. by E/O; 7:09)
9. The Eighth Wonder (6:54)

       The E/O began performing original arrangements of Ethiopian songs, inspired by a compilation called Ethiopian Groove: the Golden 70s

    In 2000, after three of these songs appeared on the album More Beautiful than Death, Francis Falceto, the producer of Ethiopian Groove, contacted Gershon and eventually arranged an invitation for the E/O to play at the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa in 2004. Along with Indo-British singer Susheela Raman the same year, the E/O was the first non-Ethiopian artist to appear in the festival, and was the first US big band to appear in Ethiopia since Duke Ellington's in 1973. 

     Their concert at the festival was recorded and ultimately appeared in Falceto's Ethiopiques series on the French Buda Musique label. 

   Five Ethiopian guests appear on the recording: Mulatu Astatke, Getatchew Mekurya, Tsedenia Markos, Bahta Hewet and Michael Belayneh. This tour and recording have led to an ongoing collaboration with Astatke, the primary founder of Ethiopian jazz, concerts with Ethiopian expatriates singer Hana Shenkute, krar player Minale Dagnew, masinko player Setegn Atanaw, and the great Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed with whom E/O released a DVD in 2007. 

    Mahmoud Ahmed and fellow legendary Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete played Lincoln Center Out of Doors in 2008 backed by E/O. 

    The group debuted a collaboration with vocalist Teshome Mitiku in the summer of 2010, including a headlining appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Ale Gena - Ethiopia [2011]

       It is an almost vehement strong voice that shakes the listener from the outset, Korahu ( Proud ), one also entered the international scene of the young Selamnesh Zemene with this second album of Breton septet. Fascinated by the sound of horns and electric guitars Addis Ababa 1960s and mid -70 , with its international tours with the two biggest stars of swing Abyssinian , Mahmoud Ahmed and Alèmayèhu Eshèté, the Badume 's Band puts his sax , clarinet , guitar, bass, drums and Hammond organ service resounding song Selamnesh, new revelation of the Ethiopian capital.

       Selamnesh descended from a line of azmaris, griots, nomads of the region of Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia, known for its cultural and artistic influence. A past that inspired the singer to his choice of themes, often its ancestral musical modes to the example of this rhythm Wedding Dance fever makes the first track. A festive fervor found in Ketew Abew (where it is beautiful) , an ode to the origins of ululating, a copper piece to perfection with a guitar that turns. Sometimes the dance groove of Ethio - jazz Badume 's Band,  supports voice that pierces surprisingly that such divas du Sahel , as evidenced by this blues rock dominated by brass Sentun Ayehu Banjte meaning with you I have seen all the colors ( sic) .

       Much of the ten tracks ( ncluding two instrumentals, Antchi Bizu , way cool jazz, and Alemnesh, a gently catchy ballad ), are also blues, exhilarating as lamentos Ale Gena (there is) a song morello seasoned, music with jazz accents, a little funky . While Tezeta Duga Aggayú (memory), despite its rock guitar remains a sorrow song marked by ululating, like nagging complaint Sabiyé a composition of the famous singer and actress Asnaqètch Worqu , disappeared in September 2011, seventy-six years , inspiring Mahmoud Ahmed. 

      Moreover, Selamnesh takes another standard Abyssinian Heritage Mela Mela solution , the tube that was made known to the world Mahmoud Ahmed in the 1980s , traditional inspiration, such a sweet haunting trance, a collective prayer.

01. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Korahu (5:58)
02. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Ale Gena (5:45)
03. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Tezeta Duga Aggayu (7:45)
04. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Ketew Abew (5:47)
05. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Mela mela (6:53)
06. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Antchi Bizu (3:30)
07. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Minjar (6:39)
08. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Sabiyé (6:16)
09. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Sentun Ayehli Bante (3:50)
10. Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene - Alemnesh (2:54)

Getatchew Mekuria - 4 video clips [ethiopia]

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1. Getatchew Mekuria - intro the convoy tour dvd (4:13)
2. Getatchew Mekuria - the ex & getatchew mekuria (7:06)
3. Getatchew Mekuria - the ex & han bennink in ziway, ethiopia (5:47)
4. Getatchew Mekuria - the ex at lincoln center, part 1 (3:55)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Petites Planètes - Now Ethiopia • Alemu Aga - Live in Addis Ababa [2012]

Alemu Aga - Live in Addis Ababa [2012]

recorded by Vincent Moon & Jacob Kirkegaard in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, june 2012 

mixed by Jacob Kirkegaard 

1. - The Harp of King David  08:19

2. - The Harp of King Jacob  04:41