Monday, December 7, 2015

Layne Tadesse - Everybody Get Up [EP] [2012] [eritrea+usa]

        Layne was born in Eritrea, located in East Africa just North of Ethiopia near the Red Sea to Neghesty Kiros and Tadesse Iassu, Layne Tadesse is no stranger to war and a desire for freedom. On his debut album a song titled “NEGESHAY” is a tribute to his mother who passed away. In Tigrinya, the African language that is LT’S native tongue, the meaning of his mothers name is Queen, and LT refers to Neghesty as the “Queen of all Queens”.

        With war between Eritrea and Ethiopia beginning shortly after Layne was born, his mother and father fled to Sudan and lived in a refugee camp for three and half years. During that time Layne was able to learn Arabic and the study of Quran religion. Shortly after that Layne, and all his siblings and parents were picked to go to America. Three days prior to flying to America Layne’s older brother Dawit decided to go back to Eritrea and joined the Armed struggle EPLF to fight the Ethiopian communist army. Without his brother Layne along with his siblings and parents landed in Philadelphia and lived there for four years before moving to Southern California. With a diploma from Colton High School and an associate degree from Chaffey Collage. Layne is a positive example turning adversity into opportunity and credits his family for his early musical interests. He grew up around many musicians and most of them family members.

         Throughout High school and collage Layne performed in plays and competed in talent shows and came across many genres of music. First group he was a member of was called Black Fugitives. Black Fugitives were a mixture of Hip-Hop and R&B. However, because he was introduced to Reggae by his family at an early age Layne soon recognized his true calling in music . By taking a piece of his experience with other genres, Layne has created a unique sound that touches the masses. Traditionally it has been a type of music suited for adults only. Many of his loyal fans believed Layne has reinvented Reggae by helping this genre of music cross the barriers that separates our youth and adults.

Layne Tadesse - Ghetto Corner

      Versatile, multitalented, flexible, diverse, are just a few words to describe Layne as an artist and a person. If you have not yet seen one of his live performance then you have missed something great. As a live performer, Layne’s presence is electric, from his trademark Acappella Intros to the last note of the show, he keeps the eyes and ears of the audience glued to the stage. Now with a loyal and always growing fan base, Layne Tadesse plans to spread positive vibes and souls stirring music to the rest of the world.

Layne Tadesse - 01 - Fly Away (3:48)
Layne Tadesse - 02 - Dance (3:49)
Layne Tadesse - 03 - The Best of Me (4:05)
Layne Tadesse - 04 - Dance Floor (4:21)
Layne Tadesse - 05 - Fly Away (DJ Spair Remix) (3:42)
Layne Tadesse - 06 - Dance Floor (DJ Mutt Aka Dr Klaw Remix) (3:08)


2b0rn0t0b said...

KongKing said...

Many thanks for all the wonderful Ethiopian & Eritrean music on this site.

Sadly, the composer of the music posted here may well have Eritrean roots, but this does not make his music Ethiopian or Eritrean in character.
It isn't.
The same applies more generally to most of the compositions of the diaspera in USA, Sweden, Australia etc.

2b0rn0t0b said...

@ KingKong :

yes, you are abcolutely right, but I just want to bring wider picture of ethiopian & eritrean music by including musicians and authors with mentioned roots.

also, on this blog you may find musicians from sudan or somalia.

Feilimid O'Broin said...

I greatly appreciate the coverage of musicians from the diaspora. You already cover extensively traditional music from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia but I am keenly interested in how Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Somalians have integrated new music influences or adapted to the music of the country in which they reside when they live as immigrants or even second generation citizens. Moreover, one has only to listen to the music of Gigi, Mahmoud Ahmed, Gigi, Alemeyehu Eshete or countless others, including more current artists, to hear how Ethiopian and other African artists who play contemporary and traditional music have incorporated western and, in particular, American and Caribbean influences in their music. I can't imagine what the Zairian musicians Franco and LeRcchereau would have sounded like without the incorporation of Cuban sounds in their music. What would Fela have sounded like had he not been so influenced by James Brown? In brief, I can think of few examples of popular music in today's world that occur in a vacuum isolated from other influences and maintaining indigenous purity. Again, thanks so much for covering music by Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Somali artists both in the horn of Africa and abroad. You provide a unique blog for which I am truly grateful.

2b0rn0t0b said...

@ Feilimid O'Broin:

thanks Feilimid! supportive and always well informed! please, send me an e-mail, got some somali and ethio stuff you may be interested in.