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Sheba Sound is the ongoing product of over six years of events, music digging and recordings, originating in Addis Ababa and spanning as many of the areas of the country as is physically possible to reach.
Music drew us to this beautiful, historic country.
Most of the old music is littered across cassettes, reels and vinyl in dusty corners. For new music, contemporary musicians outside Addis Ababa have little opportunity to record and proudly express their unique mesmerising sounds.
We at Sheba Sound are trying to redress this balance. We are committed to recording and introducing diverse music to Ethiopians themselves as well as to foreign communities.
We have our work cut out; there are over 85 separately recognised tribes, all of whom define themselves through their unique language, music, customs, values and clothing.
We bring traditional deep Ethiopian sounds, with a modern twist, to dancefloors and bars all over the world.
Ethio-funk mix of songs that have never been re-issued.
I was asked a while back by a label in the UK if I could compile an album of ethio-funk songs from the 70's that were never re-issued.
Being a Dj in Addis, my immediate inclination was to do a comp on the Amhara, traditional Chichika beat - the one that gets everyone dancing.
I used to play this stuff in Fendika Asmari House in Addis with DJ Mitmitta.
The comp never happened, but here's a little mix of that Chichika magic that got the room all heated up.
01. Abebaye by Alameyehu Eshete, PH-125
02. Kulun Manqualesh by Tilahun Gessesse w/ Mulatu Astatke All Star Band, PH-105
03. Yewyen Abeshie by Negash Tekie & Mulugueta Tilhaun, ER-6
04. Tez Alegn Hagere by Alameyehu Borobor & The Walias, KF-7643,
05. Yeshebelewa by Alameyehu Borobor & The Walias, KF-7644
06. Band Igir Lay Tchama by Tamrat Molla, PH-240
07. Kantchi Lela by Mulugueta H Mikael, PH-233
08. Fikrishin Eshalehu by Getachew Kassa, PH-107
09. Zimam Newhoy by Hirut Bekele & The Police Orchestra, PH-255
10. Eswa Gin Teletchim by Tamrat Molla, PH-240
11. Lemlemwa Hagere by Issatu Tessema & Orchestra Ethiopia, PH-179
12. Goradew Na by Kebede Ali & Orchestra Ethiopia, PH-185
13. Zematch Ashewyna by Tilaye Chewaka & The Army Band, PH-251
14. Akale Wubie by Tefera Kassa & Lema Demissew '& his group,' PH-128
15. Yewefe Ber Abeba by Ayalew Mesfin, KF-32
16. Elil Bale Hoy by Solomon Shibeshi, PH-167
17. Ishuru Belut by Muluken Melesse, PH-177