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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tommy T - The Prester John Sessions [2009] [usa+eth]






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       For the past three years, Tommy T (Thomas T Gobena) has been the bass player for gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello, the New York City-based band known for their blend of Gypsy, punk, dub reggae, metal and flamenco. 









       Tommy was born and raised in Ethiopia and the knowledge of global rhythms he brings to Gogol’s sound has become part of their unclassifiable approach to music making. With the encouragement of his Gogol Bordello band mates, Tommy has produced his first solo effort, The Prester John Sessions, an aural travelogue that rages freely through the music and culture of Ethiopia.

      "In the 70s, funk, wah-wah pedals, and jazz had a huge impact on Ethiopian music," Tommy explains. "The Prester John Sessions will give people an idea about the musical diversity of Ethiopia, which includes influences and ideas borrowed from the sounds of the 70's with the added bonus of up-to-date production values."









       Tommy discovered the story of Prester John in Graham Hancock’s book The Sign and the Seal. “Hancock was looking for the Biblical Ark of the Covenant,” Tommy says. “His quest led him around the world, from Middle East to Europe and back to Ethiopia. While doing his research, Hancock discovered the legend of Prester John. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Prester John was an unknown Christian king with massive troops that got the attention of European kings. Prester John is the character I use to symbolize the man who will bring Ethiopian culture to the rest of the world.”

       To fulfill his vision, Tommy started digging through Ethiopian folk music, choosing melodies he could improvise on. He also wrote his own compositions based on traditional modes. “A lot of popular Ethiopian music is based on a 6/8 beat called chikchika, but there are also many other rhythms in Ethiopia that have their own unique characteristics. I play with The Abyssinian Roots Collective on the album. They are sometimes known as The ARC, which coincidentally ties into the Ark of the Covenant and the Prester John story. We’re mostly Ethiopian, so getting the music down was easy. I gave them the tunes, and then we improvised the arrangements so the music has an organic feel.”











       Tommy composed and produced the music, with his brother Henock contributing to the tunes “Brothers” and “East-West Express.” The tracks were written at Tommy’s home studio and cut live in a couple of studios around Washington, DC and overdubs were laid down in real time with a final mix by Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, Gogol Bordello) that gave it the feel of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters jamming with Ethiopian godfathers The Imperial Bodyguard Orchestra. The music blends Ethiopian modes with dub reggae, funk, and jazz, for a sound that’s at once familiar and mysterious.

      “The Eighth Wonder” has a light, jazzy feel based on the chikchika rhythm, played in the style common to the Wollo province, home to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. “Much like the pyramids of Giza, much has been made over the 11 stone churches of Lalibela, often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder,” Tommy explains. “This track uses the chikchika beat, but expands it into other directions.” Tommy’s melodic bass weaves through the tune’s horn and Massinqo (an Ethiopian single-stringed instrument played like a violin) lines, while the drummer keeps the beat with a series of tom rolls complimenting the kick drum. Dub effects keep the instruments dancing in and out of the mix. “Beyond Fasiladas” references the Castle of the emperor Fasiladas in Gondar, Ethiopia’s capital in the 17th Century. It uses a fast, driving beat from Gondar and interpolates several traditional melodies. Massinqo, guitar and an energetic bass line give the tune a funky, relentless pulse. Setegne Setenaw plays the melody on Massinqo. “The Response” features vocals from Gigi and Tommy. It’s a love song with an almost unbearable sense of longing. Tommy plays acoustic guitar and bouzouki with a West African feel influenced by the music of Mali, although the melody is purely Ethiopian. “Eden” pays homage to the lush and raw landscapes of Ethiopia. Gigi’s wordless vocal is full of joy. The slow dubby rhythm and a muted blue flugelhorn give the track a timeless feel. “Oromo Dub (Cushitic dub)” is driven by Tommy’s phat bass riddim and revolves around traditional tunes that existed ages ago. Abdi Nuressa sings in Oromo, one of the many languages in Ethiopia, and his voice drifts through intergalactic dub space taking this ancient song into the future. The album’s ten tracks epitomize the Ethiopian ideal of Semena Worq - Wax and Gold. The wax is the surface of the music, bright and modern, with its jazzy, funky accents. The gold signifies the depth of tradition that gave birth to these sounds, nuggets culled from one of the oldest cultures on earth, presented by Tommy and his compatriots in all their shining beauty.

       Tommy T was born and raised in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. “There was always music in our house,” Tommy recalls. “When I was five, my older brother Zelalem got an acoustic guitar from my father. By the time I was six I could pick up a guitar and play what my brothers were playing.

       Tommy had no intention of becoming a musician, but when his brother Henock moved to Washington DC, Tommy followed. “I looked up to him as a brother and a bass player. After he sent a copy of his first album to us in Ethiopia, I started playing acoustic guitar like a bass. When I came to the States, I got a real bass. There are over 200,000 Ethiopians in the DC metro area, so I was able to make a living playing in Ethiopian bands.”

       Tommy completed a degree while playing in bands three or four nights a week. “I played in Ethiopian bands, and then started a reggae band called ADOLA which also backed many well known Ethiopian artists such as Aster Aweke and Gigi to name a few. I was also interested in other styles of music including R&B, hip-hop, and neo-soul. I worked with Wayna [Wondwossen, recently nominated for a best urban performance Grammy for her song “Lovin’ U (Music)”] and produced a couple of tracks on her Moments of Clarity album with my friend Abegasu Shiota.” While collaborating on a project with guitarist Eran Tabib, he heard Gogol Bordello was looking for a bass player familiar with international grooves.

    His years with Gogol inspired Tommy to develop The Prester John Sessions, another band with a global outlook. The reggae band he and his friend Zedicus (Zakki Jawad) started in DC had evolved into The Abyssinian Roots Collective; they helped Tommy bring The Prester John Sessions to life. “I believe in music without boundaries,” Tommy says. “Music should be inclusive, not exclusive. We should use sounds from everywhere to create a universal vibe. The music business isn’t friendly to that kind of thing, but the people who hear it respond to it well. Gogol is a rock band, but the sound is global. People who love music know the best music is created without boundaries and limitations. The Prester John Sessions take that idea to the next level.”




01. Tommy T - Brothers (5:03)
02. Tommy T - The Call (4:04)
03. Tommy T - The Response (Featuring Gigi) (4:43)
04. Tommy T - The Eighth Wonder (6:51)
05. Tommy T - Oromo Dub (Cushitic Dub) (4:34)
06. Tommy T - East-West Express (4:21)
07. Tommy T - Tribute To A King (4:11)
08. Tommy T - Beyond Fasiladas (3:16)
09. Tommy T - September Blues (3:29)
10. Tommy T - Eden (Featuring Gigi) (5:53)
11. Tommy T - Lifers (Michael G Easy Star Remix feat. 
                          Eugene Hutz And Pedro Erazo) (2:06)



Monday, April 10, 2017

Addis Black Mamba - Addis Black Mamba [fra+eth]












        For the next two years sextet Addis Black Mamba has been (re) experiencing ethio-jazz by exploring a melancholic, energetic and singular sound universe tinged with afrobeat, blues, funk, psyche rock and free -jazz. 

        With a repertoire mixing ethical classics from the 60s to 70s with current nuggets of unknown groups, as well as his ethno-groove cinematic compositions, Addis Black Mamba knows, like a snake charmer, bewitching his audience. His arrangements with haunting rhythms and hypnotic melodies lead undoubtedly all the lovers of groove for a unique sonic journey from one coast to the other of Africa. 

          Warning: the bite is incurable ...










Nico Barnier - Tenor and baritone sax
Tom Blon - Bass
Cyril Decubber - Percussions
David Mimey - Tenor and alto sax
Agnès Rakovec - Flute
Benoît Roudel - Guitar
Olivier Trénel - Trumpet
Romain Viader - Drums










Addis Black Mamba - 2 - Guragigna (3:59)
Addis Black Mamba - 3 - Yekatit (4:22)
Addis Black Mamba - 4 - Marz (5:17)
Addis Black Mamba - 5 - Miyazia (4:20)
Addis Black Mamba - 6 - Ethiopino (5:24)
Addis Black Mamba - 7 - Followed Path (4:20)
Addis Black Mamba - 8 - Lale Lale (4:17)
Addis Black Mamba - 9 - Le Petit (4:41)





Thursday, March 30, 2017

v.a. - [2016] - In Ethio Mood Again by (Nicky Vour) [ethiopia]




Originally posted here









Outstanding mixtape of recent Ethio jazz sound.









Girum Gizaw - Color






01. Longing - Jorga Mesfin
02. Curtain of Light - Jonovan Cooper
03. Fikir - Ras Deshen
04. Bati Bati - Abyssinia Infinite
05. Ambassel - Debo Band
06. Sabiye - Badume's Band & Selamnesh Zemene
07. Kiraren Bikagnew - Sounds Of Saba
08. St. Yared Of Axum - The Nile Project
09. Atamba Sil - The Lalibelas
10. Ambassel - Girum Gizaw
11. Yonas Gorfe Tribute - Kibrom Birhane
12. Tché Bèlèw - Le Tigre (des Platanes) & Etenesh Wassie
13. Garuda - Nomade Orquestra
14. Kasalèfkut Hulu - Sun Hop Fat 
15. Addis Mist - Nadav Haber
16. Addis Blues - Marabout Orkestra
17. Mott Adeladlogn - Misto-Misto
18. Fikratchin - Akalé Wubé
19. Metche new - Ethioda
20. Fit Le Fit - Arat Kilo
21. Ethiopix - Fous qui rêvent
22. Girl from Ethiopia - Feedel Band
23. Yegle Nesha - Hailu Mergia





Thursday, March 23, 2017

v.a. - [2013] - Musicawi Silt [compilation]





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Musicawi Silt -  one of the greatest hits 
of ethiopian modern music. Enjoy !!!
























    CD 1 (jazzy and funky)   


01. Xavier Charles - Muziqawi Silt (7:05)
02. Ethioda - Musicawi Silt (5:13)
03. Zea - Muziqawi selt (3:19)
04. Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band - Musical Silt (4:00)
05. Le Tigre (des Platanes) & Etenesh Wassie - Muziqawi Silt (3:57)
06. Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests - Musicawi silt (4:22)
07. Either/orchestra - Muziqawi Silt (8:01)
08. Moges Habte - Musicawe Silt (6:00)
09. Debo Band - Muziqawi Silt (5:09)
10. Debo Band - Musicawi Silt (6:02)
11. Moges Habte & Ethio Jazz Group - Musicawe Silt (6:03)





   CD 2 (funky  and jazzy )   

12. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble - Muziqawi Silt (4:15)
13. The Whitefield Brothers - Muziqawi Silt (Safari Strut) (3:19)
14. The Whitefield Brothers - Muziqawi Silt (Sad Nile) (3:44)
15. Akalé Wubé - Muziqawi Silt (3:22)
16. Akalé Wubé - Muziqawi Silt - live in Paris (3:40)
17. The Church Basement Band - Muziqawi Silt (Wallias Band) (9:53)
18. The Daktaris - Musicawi Silt (3:04)
19. The Daktaris - Musicawi Silt, Pt. 2 (2:24)
20. Rattlemouth - Muziqawi Silt (7:01)
21. Either/Orchestra - Muziqawi Silt (6:21)
22. Antibalas - Muziqawi Silt (9:29)





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gigi & Bill Laswell's Material - New Flowers From Addis [live @ Krems 2009] [ethiopia]







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four tracks from their gig at Krems, 2009. 











Gigi and Alemayehu Fanta - Zerafewa

                                                        




Monday, March 6, 2017

Mulatu Astatke - Ethio Jazz Vol.1 [2006] [ethiopia]





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01. Mulatu Astatke - Kasalefkut Hulu (2:29)
02. Mulatu Astatke - Yelib Lay Esat (4:31)
03. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu (5:06)
04. Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo Sew (4:24)
05. Mulatu Astatke - Chiferra (7:05)
06. Mulatu Astatke - E Bola (6:46)
07. Mulatu Astatke - Kulun (2:14)
08. Mulatu Astatke - Tsome Diguwa (9:39)
09. Mulatu Astatke - Wolayita (6:40)
10. Mulatu Astatke - Yekatit (3:59)
11. Mulatu Astatke - Munaye (3:35)
12. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu's Mood (4:15)









Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Lalibelas - The Lalibelas with Harry James Angus [2015] [aus+eth]












       The Lalibelas are led by bassist and composer Yoseph H. Bekele who arrived in Australia in 2012 from Ethiopia. He has toured internationally with leading East African musicians, including Aster Aweke, Samuel Yirga, Mahmoud Ahmed, and has been a mainstay of the Ethiopian music scene, having played bass and guitar with a huge variety of singers. 












     The Lalibelas bring together talented Australian and Ethiopian musicians, that perform Yoseph’s Ethio-Jazz and funk compositions. Yoseph developed a strong friendship with Harry James Angus through MAV’s Visible Music Mentoring Program in 2013 and are continuing to collaborate musically. 










Guitar - Adam Halliwell 
Saxophone - Solomon Sisay 
Drums - Zelalem Negatu 
Baritone Saxophone - Macks Dowling 
Harmonica - Chris Maunders
Bass - Yoseph Hailemariam 
Keyboard - Stephen Khlentzos 
Trumpet - Harry James Angus



       This recording captures the raw sound of The Lalibelas, created in a few short but high-energy hours full of improvisation, twists and turns, and no overdubs or turning back.





The Lalibelas with Harry James Angus - 1. Awdamet (4:40)
The Lalibelas with Harry James Angus - 2. That Song (4:51)
The Lalibelas with Harry James Angus - 3. Atamba Sil (7:26)
The Lalibelas with Harry James Angus - 4. Kendegena (5:48)
The Lalibelas with Harry James Angus - 5. Selam (8:32)





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mulatu Astatke / Oscar Sulley - Mulah 2 / Uhuru Mash Up [Nephews of Phela remixes] [2005] FLAC






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A / Mulatu Astatke - Mulah 2
B / Oscar Sulley - Uhuru Mash Up






         Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke's unique blend of jazz, funk and afrobeat has found its way into many peoples record collections recently since the three quality "Ethio Jazz" LPs were reissued on the L'Arome imprint, and further popularised when the "Modern Jazz Instrumentals" record was used as the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch film "Broken Flowers". 

        Even before all of that people were unwittingly hearing some of these killer breaks on Mo' Wax era breakbeat and triphop tracks, all this combined should be telling you - this is music of the highest quality!!!And what we've got here is a remix for the dancefloor that's gonna be a monster, an esteemed West London producer has brought the heaviest of broken beats to create an exquisite piece of broken beat Ethio funk fusion. 

         The b-side is an equally strong rework of Ghanian Oscar Sulley's "Bukom Mashie".









Monday, November 14, 2016

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Live at Broad Casting, Cargo, London, 17.april [2008] [uk+eth]




    EXQUISITE BOOTLEG RECORDING !   










          Playing in London for the first time in 15 years Ethio-Jazz sound pioneer Mulatu Astatke, plays an exclusive live date at Cargo. His backing band will be made up of the fantastic Heliocentrics (Now Again / Stones Throw), who also provide a support set on the night. Host and DJ Karen P is also very happy to be joined by long-time friend, Gilles Peterson alongside NYC’s legendary party purveyor Karl Injex.











Born in Ethiopia in 1943, Mulatu Astatke is an innovative multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and originator of the Ethio-Jazz sound. Having studied music in London and then the US, he established himself as a vital vibraphone, conga and percussion player on both sides of the Atlantic before returning to his homeland to introduce Jazz, Soul and Latin to Ethiopia’s native musicians and artists. Included in the now legendary Ethiopiques compilations, 
Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers soundtrack, and much sampled by Hip-Hop and Dance producers alike, his sound will be familiar to many even if his name isn’t. These days Mulatu regularly lectures at Harvard and gave a memorable lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy in Toronto last year. Karen P’s Broad Casting is honoured to host Mulatu’s first UK performance in over 15 years.      



The Heliocentrics are drummer Malcolm Catto’s collective and are signed to Stones Throw’s sister imprint Now-Again. Having performed and recorded as DJ Shadow’s backing band, they have individually played major parts in bands such as the Soul Destroyers, Quantic Soul Orchestra and The Herbaliser. Malcolm himself released a solo album on Mo Wax and has been sampled by none other than Madlib. 

Pigeonholing The Heliocentrics sound is hard. Suffice to say that it takes in all manner of jazz, electronica, psychedelia and world music. Whilst they inhabit the funk universe of James Brown, they also capture some of the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone and the sublime fusion of David Axelrod.






01. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Yèkèrmo Sèw (Live) (5:38)
02. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Gubèlyé (Live) (4:27)
03. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Yègellé Tezeta (Live) (4:04)
04. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Mulatu (Live) (7:36)
05. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Kulumanqualeshi (Live) (7:11)
06. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Kasalèfkut Hulu (Live) (6:33)
07. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Ethio Blues (Live) (5:28)
08. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Yèkatit (Live) (5:42)
09. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Munayé (Live) (5:56)
10. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Nètsanèt (Live) (6:34)

        



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jazzmaris - [2011] - Concert in Paris [ethiopia]











   

         Jazzmaris is a quartet from Ethiopia and Germany, playing since 2007 in Addis Ababa and elsewhere.The composition of the group is: drums, bass, electric guitar and alto saxophone.

          Their music’s are Ethiopian melodies played as own arrangements with various influences like Jazz, Rock and improvised music.

         The group’s name is a combination of the words Jazz and Asmaris. The Asmaris are the traditional musicians (troubadours) of Ethiopia. They play and sing since centuries, expressing the feelings and opinions of the people.

      The repertoire of Jazzmaris is mostly modern Ethiopian songs of singers like Mahmoud Ahmed, Girma Beyene, Muluken Melesse, Telahoun Gessesse and others. The aim of the group is to play Ethiopian music in a fresh way, giving the music a new expression and sound.







Jazzmaris in Paris 2011





drums (Nathaniel Tesemma) 
bass (Henock Temesgen) 
electric guitar (Jörg Pfeil) 
alto saxophone (Olaf Boelsen)




1. Lanchi Biye
2. Yekatit
3. Almaz Ye Hararwa
4. Musicawi Silt
5. Ene Negn Bai Manesh
6. Meche New
7. Meche Dereshe
8. Aynotche Terabu