Blogtrotters

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Lij Michael (Faf) - Zaray Yehun Nege [2015] [ethiopia]













Lij Michael Faf - Zaraye Yehun Nege




Lij Michael (Faf) - 01 - Zemenay (3:40)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 02 - Techawechi Bati (4:11)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 03 - Meketash (3:44)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 04 - Satenaw (4:12)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 05 - Esheruru (3:34)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 06 - Yesew Mena (3:42)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 07 - Ye Sheger Lej (3:52)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 08 - Anchis Lene (3:35)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 09 - Zaray Yehun Nege (4:06)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 10 - Zenach - Remix (4:01)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 11 - Agerem Endi (3:34)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 12 - Arada Le Arada (4:32)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 13 - Addis Lets Rock (4:13)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 14 - Wey Addis Abeba (4:20)
Lij Michael (Faf) - 15 - Zenach (4:23)



Monday, December 26, 2016

v.a. - Éthiopie - Les musiques des pays du café [1999] [ethiopia]













La Semeuse - 01 - Medinana (5:13)
La Semeuse - 02 - Hagerie (1:45)
La Semeuse - 03 - Washint (1:06)
La Semeuse - 04 - Sokota (2:55)
La Semeuse - 05 - Neger (1:13)
La Semeuse - 06 - Krar (2:19)
La Semeuse - 07 - Aykebdegnim (3:51)
La Semeuse - 08 - Fikrie yenie neh (2:42)
La Semeuse - 09 - Guragna (1:49)
La Semeuse - 10 - Mesenko (2:23)
La Semeuse - 11 - Syematibela (3:15)
La Semeuse - 12 - Sidama (2:17)
La Semeuse - 13 - Kabaro (1:06)
La Semeuse - 14 - Fikir (2:51)
La Semeuse - 15 - Harar oromo (3:49)
La Semeuse - 16 - Yehager (1:41)






Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hirut Bekele - 7th album [ethiopia]













Hirut Bekele ሂሩት በቀለ - Eshti Leya እስቲ ለዬ





Hirut Bekele - 01 - Men Beye Lasredash [ምን ብዬ ላስረዳህ] (4:58)
Hirut Bekele - 02 - Yebereha Temer [የበርሃ ተመር] (6:11)
Hirut Bekele - 03 - Yemare Anguachey [የማሬ አንጎቸይ] (4:23)
Hirut Bekele - 04 - Eshti Leya [እስቲ ለዬ] (5:15)
Hirut Bekele - 05 - Muded Yegara New [መውደድ የጋራ ነው] (4:53)
Hirut Bekele - 06 - Lebema Men Elalhuh [ልብማ ምን እላለሁ] (4:37)
Hirut Bekele - 07 - Yemetemataleh Meche New [የምትመጣልኝ መቼ ነው] (6:01)
Hirut Bekele - 08 - Yehega Zenkataw [የሸጋ ዘንካታው] (6:52)
Hirut Bekele - 09 - Yebechaye [የብቻዬ] (5:29)
Hirut Bekele - 10 - Lebonaye Yeferedegin [ለቦናዬ የፈረደኝ] (5:19)
Hirut Bekele - 11 - Lebe Yuhin Bethea [ልቤ ይሁን ቤቴ] (5:17)





Temesgen (Thanks to God) - Worship Songs from Ethiopia's Beta Avraham Jewish Community [2014] [ethiopia]





   R E U P L O A D    









             About three hundred years ago, a group of Jews left the Gonder area of Ethiopia to seek their fortunes in Ethiopia's North Shewa area and later in Addis Ababa, where they settled in the Kechene neighborhood. Like their Gonder cousins who have since migrated in large numbers to Israel, this group consisted mostly of craftsmen, known especially for their beautiful hand-built pottery and woven cloth. But as the years passed, times became difficult and beginning in the 18th century, they experienced periods of extreme repression.


        Eventually the community's leaders felt that the only way to survive was to go underground - literally. Much like the Anusim of medieval Spain and Portugal, they practiced Christianity on the outside while secretly following Judaism in hidden synagogues, often in caves that are located hours away by foot from the nearest town


            Fifteen of these secret synagogues still exist today, concentrated in the North Shewa area about 80 miles north of Addis Ababa. In the largest, called Mugar, about 300 men and women live permanently, their numbers swelling further at least twice a year when other community members join to commemorate their martyrs and celebrate their festivals. As with other Ethiopian Jews, their tradition consists only of pre-Talmudic practices.



         The elders believe that the caves will take you to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). Sintayehu said that he and Demeke once walked for 15 minutes inside the Mugar synagogue-cave and there was no end. Their torch, a candle, eventually burned out.

        The traditional songs you hear in this album come from these secret synagogues, passed down from generation to generation.

          Within the last few years a group of young men emerged from this community and, thanks to Ethiopia's new constitution that guarantees freedom of worship, they decided to openly practice their religion once more. Much had been forgotten with regard to Jewish practice, but they opened a small synagogue in the Kechene neighborhood of Addis Ababa and learned anew. Although not yet recognized by the state of Israel as eligible for immigration under the Law of Return, in their songs they yearn for Jerusalem and for Israel - the land of their ancestors. Demeke and Sintayehu explain that this music, which the members sing after their regular Friday evening worship service, carries you spiritually to a different time and place. They are certainly right about that.


        All the singers on this album remember their grandmothers and grandfathers singing these traditional songs in the secret synagogues. Demeke ben Engda, who moonlights as a professional singer and regularly leads the Friday evening Sabbath worship service in Kechene, has composed several modern songs in the traditional style. (Another synagogue member, Daniel Desalegn Firku, is a part-time collaborator.) Yet all members realize that, with increased exposure to the outside world, the danger lurks that all these songs may become irrevocably lost or changed. Hence the decision to make this CD -- the first of its kind. We are grateful to everyone who contributed.





01 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Miseker (Witness) (6:56)
02 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - B'yerusalem (In Jerusalem) (5:05)
03 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Min Alu Dawit (What David Said) (4:04)
04 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Kiber New (It Is an Honor) (5:44)
05 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Senbet L'yuna (Sabbath Is Unique) (4:49)
06 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Temesgen (Thanks to God) (4:08)
07 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Zimare (Song) (4:18)
08 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Tesfaye (My Hope) (8:28)
09 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - B'bete Mekdes (Inside the Sanctuary) (4:59)
10 - Beta Avraham 'Kechene' Community - Tizazu Yemayishar (His Holy Commandments) (5:09)





Thursday, December 22, 2016

Filmon Zekarias - Mama Africa [2013] [eritrea]











Filmon Zekarias - 01 - Mama Africa (6:57)
Filmon Zekarias - 02 - Men Gedenga (6:46)
Filmon Zekarias - 03 - Hashweye Melesa (4:34)
Filmon Zekarias - 04 - Hayal Fresegna (6:53)
Filmon Zekarias - 05 - Mleketgna (6:44)
Filmon Zekarias - 06 - Nebat Fekri (6:01)
Filmon Zekarias - 07 - Handebet Tesewira (6:44)
Filmon Zekarias - 08 - Gasa Betna (6:14)
Filmon Zekarias - 09 - Afkireya (5:01)
Filmon Zekarias - 10 - Yekeneley Heyabe (2:47)





Saturday, December 17, 2016

Selomon Shibeshi - unknown album [1974] [ethiopia]













Selomon Shibeshi- Endet Zenegashiw





Selomon Shibeshi - 01 - Lomi Wesheba (3:49)
Selomon Shibeshi - 02 - Yesew Lej New (7:25)
Selomon Shibeshi - 03 - Endet New Negerwa (6:49)
Selomon Shibeshi - 04 - Alem Woretena (6:40)
Selomon Shibeshi - 05 - Alah Ayen (Sudan) (4:59)
Selomon Shibeshi - 06 - Yet Nesh (6:39)
Selomon Shibeshi - 07 - Yezederow Neger (6:20)
Selomon Shibeshi - 08 - Munanaye (6:46)
Selomon Shibeshi - 09 - Anetay Awanki (4:50)
Selomon Shibeshi - 10 - Elele Bale Hoye (3:41)





Friday, December 16, 2016

Lali Habesha - Lali Habesha [Binyham Aseffa & Teferi Negash] [2013] [ethiopia]















Lali Habesha






Binyham Aseffa & Teferi Negash - 01 - Yaba Bolewo (5:08)
Teferi Negash - 02 - Endalsemash (3:54)
Binyham Aseffa - 03 - Betesema (3:59)
Teferi Negash - 04 - Selam New (4:25)
Binyham Aseffa - 05 - Demo Andande (4:17)
Teferi Negash - 06 - Ye Ethiopia Lij (5:09)
Binyham Aseffa - 07 - Adelegn (5:18)
Teferi Negash - 08 - Marefiyaye (5:19)
Binyham Aseffa - 09 - Zaleyewa (4:24)
Teferi Negash - 10 - Kaqaten (4:45)
Binyham Aseffa - 11 - Alqerem (4:07)
Teferi Negash - 12 - Endemiwedesh (4:09)
Binyham Aseffa - 13 - Altaweqegnm (4:52)
Teferi Negash - 14 - Bale Garew (4:28)
Binyham Aseffa - 15 - Qalen Alatfewum (4:17)



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gashaw Adal - Bemin Awekshibet - Vol 2 [1989] [ethiopia]











       Gashaw Adal was born in Ethiopia’s Wollo region. He stepped in to the music world when he joined the “Black Lion Band” which was owned by the famous singer Ayalew Mesfin. He worked in the band as a dancer. After a time at the “Black Lion Band” Gashaw worked in several night clubs with the famous singer Ali Birra.

      Gashaw has a talent of singing in various languages both local and foreign. Amharic, Oromo and Somali as well as Afar were the local languages he sang in and of the foreign languages. Arabic is the one in which he sang Sudanese songs.

    Apart from singing, artist Gashaw was very good in playing bass guitar. His idol was the famous oromo language singer Ali Birra.












     In 1970 (EC) Gashaw left Addis Ababa headed for Asmara, a city which was then part of Ethiopia. He joined “Bengol Band” that was affiliated to the Nyala Hotel in Asmara. He became famous by singing Ali Birra’s Oromo songs as well as songs of other Amharic singers and Sudanese ones.

     Gashaw was a guest singer in Asmara Police Orchestra for a long time where he forged a strong friendship with singers of the orchestra like Aklilu Seyoum, Seyoum Tilahun also with Yishak Banjaw, who was the music arranger of the orchestra.

     He released his first album when he was later working in Yishak Banjaw’s “Lula Band” in Asmara. Songs like “Kolel Bey” were instant hits and won him immense admiration all over the country. Arguably it was true.

      Gashaw came back to Addis and released his second album “Bemin Awekshibet”. Soon famous band in the city who saw the great talent in the singer began inviting him to work was them.










     Gashaw Adal suffered from Vitiligo, a condition which involves complete loss of melanin - the primary skin pigment, and many speculate his late entrance into music was because he preferred obscurity to escape the harsh judgement of a superstititious society that considered those suffering from this skin condition as wicked and cursed.

        But when he finally and courageously took the stage, parallels with the greatest was made. Some even declared a new Tilahun Gessesse was on the making. Gashaw's second name is not Adal; Adal or Afar is the name of the cushitic people in North East of Ethiopia. He is named Adal because he was from the Afar region - An Amhara who lived there.







        1994 was when he released "Abay, ye bahay". This Afar song rocked Addis, and the Ethiopian TV crew seemed to not get enough of it. The world cup in USA was on and the games made more sense, because Gashaw's incredibly melodious voice was aired for hours before and after the matches.

         Gashaw Adal released a total of four albums, produced or took part in over fifty song lyrics and never parted with music till his early death.

         Besides his immense musical talent he had a very good skill in bakery, as he once said.





Gashaw Adal - 01 - (1) (4:47)
Gashaw Adal - 02 - (2) (7:00)
Gashaw Adal - 03 - Bemin Awoqshibet (7:00)
Gashaw Adal - 04 - Endelib Ayigegn (7:32)
Gashaw Adal - 05 - Endet Konjo Ayche (6:24)
Gashaw Adal - 06 - Gedamay Ney Ney (5:04)
Gashaw Adal - 07 - Gedaye (4:21)
Gashaw Adal - 08 - Jofeamoraw (4:47)
Gashaw Adal - 09 - Maleda (4:48)
Gashaw Adal - 10 - Yene Alem (4:06)
Gashaw Adal - 11 - Yeruk Sew Wodedje (5:06)





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Shewandagne Hailu - Sik Alegn [2003] [ethiopia]












       Shewandagne Hailu was born in Addis Ababa. He attended his elementary school at ‘Meskaye Hezunan’ and his high school at St. Joseph. He also had joined Addis Ababa University and was a third year management student when he decided to drop out and pursue his music career.
        Shewandagne was nurturing his music talent at early age singing to his classmates and friends in school and at his neighborhood. During his high school stay at St. Joseph, he joined the school band as singer.

      The school administration used to encourage music as an extra curricula activity and support the members of the school band. Administration then also bought music instrument for the band and recruited a music instructor. Thought Shewandagn's stay in St. Joseph's music band didn't not exceed more then two years, the support he had got in the school had laid the strongestfoundation for the level where he reached today. At St. Joseph, Shewandagne was highly recognized for his english songs but he also used to sing amharic ones, esspecially those of Getachew Kassa.

     When Shewandagne joind university, he did not quit of playing music. He rather joind Ethio-Star Band where he used to sing twice a week. Getting the opportunity to perform on various stages Shewandagne grew his professional skills and proved himself as an accomplished musician. As his fame grew bigger, he moved to the then top bands "Sevance" and "Express"and performed on big stages.








Shewandagne Hailu - Sik Alegn (Full Album)





     During his stay in two bands, Shewandagne had got the chance to play along with renowned singers such as Tewodros Kassahun aka Teddy Afro, Tigist Belachew, Abdu Kiar, Shimeles Ararso, Tsedenya Gebre Markos and many others. Shewandagn and Teddy Afro was not only share stagesbut also grew close friendship through time. Along with the well respected guitarist Girum Mezmur they form "Afro Sound Band". The tree worked together for years and managed to gain more fame with the band. The remake of Girma Beyene's "Tsigereda"was Shewandagne's firs single. The clip of the song, which was recorded live on the Ethiopian Television Studio, was a hit. The popularity of the single brought him the opportunity to perform in Djibouti, Kenya, Italy and Dubai. The positive response of the audience for his first single was serving as gauge of the success of his first album "Sik Alegn". 

      Following to the success of his album, he toured in Egypt, South Africa, Bahrain, UAE, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, England and above 12 states of USA. Eight years after the release of hs album, Shewadagn still invited to perform in local and international stages.

    For three years, Shewandagne spend good times with "Zion band". With various bands, he performed on the popular local stages of Buffet De Lagare, Illusion, Hilton, Sheraton Gas Light and Harelm Jazz. His unique way of performnig able to attracted a number of fans. In 2004, Shewandagne together with Tsadenya Gebre Markos and Hadey Haile represented Ethiopia and competed Kora, South Africa based music award competition.

       Beside his profession, Shewandagne grew his interest of managing night clubs since the release of his first album. As they did on "Afro Sound Band", Shewandagne and Teddy Afro ventured on bussines of managing night clubs after the success of "Sik Alegn". They rented the then popular hangout place "Lion Club", and turned in to the number one music destination of the city.

    The six month short lived but most successful trial of the night club bussiness encouraged Shewandagne to fully engage on this area. Along with his three friends, he opened the well known "Fahrenheit"club, located adjacent to Bole Medhanialem, six years ago. Beyonfd his managerial position in the night club, every week he is performing twice. Shewandagne is a keen participant of concerts, social and fundraising events.

     For major part of his music career Shewandagne used to play English music and his original works also consists modern styles, he has also popular local touch.

    Shewandagne is often mentioned among the singers who are credited on their creation and influence on the modern styles of the Ethiopian music industry.





Shewandagne Hailu - 01 - Ayne (5:18)
Shewandagne Hailu - 02 - Eyat Eyat Yilegnal (5:53)
Shewandagne Hailu - 03 - Sik Alegn (4:46)
Shewandagne Hailu - 04 - Tirsish Leymsel (5:55)
Shewandagne Hailu - 05 - Tamralech (5:32)
Shewandagne Hailu - 06 - Min Yilishal (4:34)
Shewandagne Hailu - 07 - Yekerebign (4:44)
Shewandagne Hailu - 08 - Ayrega (4:50)
Shewandagne Hailu - 09 - Akukulu (4:38)
Shewandagne Hailu - 10 - Tsigereda (3:50)
Shewandagne Hailu - 11 - Kurat (5:26)





Monday, December 12, 2016

Kuku Sebsebe - Chalkubet [2013] [ethiopia]















Kuku Sebsebe - Chalkubet





Kuku Sebsebe - 01 - Chalkubet (4:57)
Kuku Sebsebe - 02 - Mistru (4:32)
Kuku Sebsebe - 03 - Esun enji (3:19)
Kuku Sebsebe - 04 - Agegnehu (4:18)
Kuku Sebsebe - 05 - Metlat Mine Ametaw (4:55)
Kuku Sebsebe - 06 - Mihiret (3:48)
Kuku Sebsebe - 07 - Mayet Mamen New (4:03)
Kuku Sebsebe - 08 - Yefiker Eda (4:16)
Kuku Sebsebe - 09 - Siyalke Ayamer (5:48)
Kuku Sebsebe - 10 - Kene Ayidlem (4:19)
Kuku Sebsebe - 11 - Semonune (3:57)
Kuku Sebsebe - 12 - Kelben (5:17)
Kuku Sebsebe - 13 - Lidet (4:24)
Kuku Sebsebe - 14 - Asham (4:26)
Kuku Sebsebe - 15 - Metahu Tetnkeke (4:40)





Saturday, December 10, 2016

Alemayehu Eshete and Shebele's Band - [1987] [ethiopia]












Alemayehu Eshete and Shebele's Band - Hedech Ashkbech (4:40)
Alemayehu Eshete and Shebele's Band - Wededkush Afkerkush (7:16)
Alemayehu Eshete and Shebele's Band - Wube Alem (6:16)









Friday, December 9, 2016

Muluken Melesse - Sewenetua [with Dahlak Band] [vol 4] [ethiopia]










Number Four(4) album with Dahlak Band 

Arranged by Dawit Yifru 


Muluken Melesse - Vocal
Dawit Yifru - Piano, 
Moges Habte - Saxophone,
Tilaye Gebre - Saxohone, 
Shimeles Beyene - Trumpet, Keyboad 
Dawit Yifru, Abera Fiyesa - Bassguitar,
David Kassa - Lead Guitar,
Tesfaye Tesmma - Drum.

Produced by 
Super Sonic Music Shope







Muluken Melesse -  Lebo Ney  [ሌቦ ነይ] 










Muluken Melesse - 01 - LEBO NEY (6:05)
Muluken Melesse - 02 - EFE BELEWU TEFA (5:24)
Muluken Melesse - 03 - ANCHEN MESSAY KONJO (6:50)
Muluken Melesse - 04 - LEBO ? (5:12)
Muluken Melesse - 05 - ENSE TESASECH WODEJESH NEBER (5:14)
Muluken Melesse - 06 - EMBWUA ZEBIDER (4:17)
Muluken Melesse - 07 - ZEWORE YALEWU (5:12)
Muluken Melesse - 08 - YENE ALEM (5:13)
Muluken Melesse - 09 - AYINESH YAMERAL BEY (5:52)
Muluken Melesse - 10 - SEWUNETWUA (7:48)




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Streets & People of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [video]








Streets & People of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia












Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa through the eyes of a 20-something Australian hoodlum on a motorcycle, first visit to an African country. 


Neighbourhoods:

0:04 Piazza
0:41 Meskel Flower
1:03 Chechnya
1:11 Ghana Street
2:51 Merkato
3:48 Haya Hulet
4:24 Kazanchis
5:53 Kechene
6:29 Entoto
7:22 Shiro Meda
7:27 Bole Medenhaleum
8:13 Meskel Square
9:10 Churchill Avenue






Tracklist:


0:02 Mulatu Astatke - Nètsanèt

1:12 Teddy Afro - Abebayehosh
2:57 Lafontien - Addis Ababa
4:25 Ziggi - Blaze It (Last War Riddim)

6:29 Semere Kiros (feat. Hailu) - Reggea Kemise
8:26 Sayat Demessie - Hasabun Mesrek


Camera: GoPro HD Hero (version 1)
Date: September 2011