Showing posts with label ethiopian jazz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ethiopian jazz. Show all posts

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)

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)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Alemseged Kebede - Nostalgia [feat. Teddy Mitty & Moges Habte] [Instrumental] [2016] [ethiopia]

    Alemseged Kebede (Electric Bass) has influenced most of the new generation of Ethiopian bass players.

   He first started playing professionally in the late 1970’s with famous singers such as: Tilahun Gessesse, Menilik Wosenachew , Muluken Melese, Aster Aweke and  with many more Ethiopian singers in recent memory. 

    After moving to Canada and later to the US, he started playing in local restaurants, and clubs. In addition to bass, he also plays drums and keyboards. 

       He has arranged  and produced more than 2 albums of his own and played bass almost on every Ethiopian singers music CD’s in recent times. Traveled allover the world and shared the stage with the great African bands like Manu Dibango, Hugh Masakela,  and Ellis Marsalis. Alemseged remains a first call musician for many artists, who need his soulful, funky bass lines to complement their music.

Feedel Band - Meskerem

       Feedel band’s original pentatonic melodies are repurposed with mutated instrumentation like 60s and 70s-era Ethiopian grooves played on congas, electric guitar, bass, saxophone, krar, mesenko, piano, organ, trombone and drums.

        The members of Feedel Band are all acclaimed musicians in their own right Feedel’s sax player Moges Habte can be heard performing the funky James Brown Band influenced cut “Muziqawi Silt” on Éthiopiques’ Volume 13 with his ’70s group the Walias Band. Their bass player Alemseged Kebede's groovy bass lines could be found in many of Aster Aweke and Tilahune Gessesse's music. Also in the band is Araya Woldemichael who is the founder of the band, composer, keyboardist and a producer. They will be joined by Mikias Abebayehu on drums/congas, Kaleb Temesgen on electric guitar, Kenneth Joseph on drums, Omar Little on trumpet, Minale Bezu on krar (stringed lyre)/vocal, Setegn Atenaw on mesenko/vocal, Feleke Hailu on alto sax, Thomas Young, Fasil Bezabeh and Almaz Getahun on traditional dances.

Alemseged Kebede - 01 - Behele new Bewne [በህልሜ ነው በውኔ] (6:52)
Alemseged Kebede - 02 - Kalatashew Akal [ካላጣሺው አካል] (4:40)
Alemseged Kebede - 03 - Enkwan kome [እንኳን ቆሜ] (6:01)
Alemseged Kebede - 04 - Alwedatem Yalkuwat [አልወዳትም ያልኳት] (5:30)
Alemseged Kebede - 05 - Awasa Langano [አዋሳ ላንጋኖ] (5:46)
Alemseged Kebede - 06 - Nigerigne Menew [ንገሪኝ ምነው] (5:59)
Alemseged Kebede - 07 - Gedam Yefeker Gedam [ገዳም የፍቅር ገዳም] (6:07)
Alemseged Kebede - 08 - Tole (Slow) [ቶሌ] (5:11)
Alemseged Kebede - 09 - Tole (Fast) [ቶሌ] (3:53)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hailu Mergia - Instrumental Music [1983] [ethiopia]

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           Instrumental album of Hailu Mergia. These tracks came to me without tags, only with 1983 as year of release (ethiopian or western calendar, I dont know).

Hailu Mergia - 01 - Hailu Mergia (8:29)
Hailu Mergia - 02 - Hailu Mergia (7:18)
Hailu Mergia - 03 - Hailu Mergia (6:40)
Hailu Mergia - 04 - Hailu Mergia (8:23)
Hailu Mergia - 05 - Hailu Mergia (8:36)
Hailu Mergia - 06 - Hailu Mergia (8:30)
Hailu Mergia - 07 - Hailu Mergia (6:54)
Hailu Mergia - 08 - Hailu Mergia (7:04)

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".

Friday, November 18, 2016

v.a. - Digital Ethiopia pt.1 [ compilation] [ethiopia]

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          Back in the '80s Ethiopian music was extremely hard to come by outside of Ethiopia. Mahmoud Ahmed's brilliant Ere Mela Mela was released on LP by the Belgian label Crammed Discs around 1985, and later in the decade the exile singer Aster Aweke released Aster, recorded in the UK with mainly non-Ethiopian backup musicians. That was just about it, unless you were lucky enough to know Ethiopians who could supply you with scratchy, poorly dubbed cassettes from the motherland.

       All that changed in the '90s when political change opened the country up. A fine collection of traditional and modern music, Music From Ethiopia (Caprice CAP 21432) came out in 1992, and within a few years the incredible Ethiopiques series opened the world's ears to the classic sounds of "Swingin' Addis" from the '60s and early '70s

          When it became possible for Ethiopian musicians to travel freely it was only natural that they would gravitate to U.S. recording studios, and in the last 15 years there has arisen a robust market in CDs made here. For the most part these are "under the radar" - not available through the usual "World Music™" outlets like Sterns. The main issue I have with these American recordings is the overwhelming use of synthesizers. That said, many of these productions are surprisingly sophisticated, a far cry from the rinky-dink keyboards and drum machines of much contemporary African music.

1. Tlahoun Gessesse - Ewdish Neber (5:40)
2. Tlahoun Gessesse - Meleyayet Mot New (4:17)
3. Menelik Wossenachew - Gash Jembere (9:12)
4. Menelik Wossenachew - Yeayne Tesfa (6:35)
5. Mohammed Tawil - Si-Si (7:26)
6. Mulatu Astatke w. Teshome Mitiku - Wello (8:30)
7. Tilaye Gebre - Yenigat Kokeb/Yelelit Berehane (9:30)

Monday, November 14, 2016

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


          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, October 5, 2016

Nebiyu T. Kebede - Rhythm of Life [2005] [ethiopia]

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       Nebiyu T. Kebede started playing keyboard at the tender age of 10. Growing up in Italy during the 80s where MTV was just starting to influence young kids, he and his brothers were strongly drawn to the music scene. Once back in Ethiopia, his interest in music further developed when his brothers started playing for their school bands. Looking at the interest that the brothers had in music, except his sister Liya Kebede which was interested in modeling, his parents bought them a keyboard. 

       With a gift for playing music by ear, he quickly taught himself how to play everyone's favorite tunes, including Tizita and the instrumentals that used to play on Ethiopian Television. Even though his brothers (Samson Kebede and Ermias Kebede) used to play for their high school's band at St. Joseph, he never went the route of the performer but kept his interest at home.

      Later on in college he discovered his ability to write melodies while spending long hours at the school's recording studio. To balance off the demanding studying required pursuing a degree in computer science, he spent many hours in the recording studio learning the art of arrangement and the science of recording music as well. Since then, he built his own recording studio and production company called Rhythm And Soul productions - all while maintaining his day job as a software consultant.

        After college, the passion for writing continued and Berhane Nesh was the first single released at the Ethiopian Soccer Tournament in 2000. Following the good reception from the single, his first album Mood Swings / Ye Simet Kana was released in 2001. It was sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines and sold aboard their flight for 4 years consecutively until the release of the new album Rhythm Of Life / Tirita which replaced it. 

     During the years, his interest in guitar and bass grew as well. From his collaborations with Abera Alemu (guitar) and his brother Ermias Kebede (bass), both from Abogida band, he witnessed the flavor the two instruments added to his Mood Swings album. Since then he has started practicing guitar and bass to a point where he recorded guitar tracks on his new Rhythm of Life album and on other CDs he produced for other artists, like Danny Gofferae and Neway Afe.

      He is currently working on his third album as well as producing other artists as his demand for  his musical touch grows...

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

v.a. - ethio jazz compilation [2012] [ethiopia]

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       One of my first compilations made for this blog. Brief introduction to the beginings of ethiopian jazz music, with some newer authors.

         Enjoy and comment!

1. Mulatu Astatke - Maskaram Setaba (1:47)
2. Teshome Mitiku - Yekrmo Sew (4:18)
3. Tesfa Maryam Kidane - Heywete (5:16)
4. Bahta Gebre-Heywet - Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh (2:47)
5. Charles Sutton quartet - Uuta ayaskefam  (5:40)
6. Girma Beyene - Set Alamenem  (5:28)

7. Sax Summit - Feker ende sekuar  (8:18)
8. Addis Acoustic Project - Selam Yihoun Lehoulachin (4:43)
9. Mulatu Astatke - Netsanet (5:35)
10. Arat Kilo - Get a Chew (4:48)
11. Akalé Wubé - Ragalé (5:10)
12. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Selam Temagwet (5:36)

13. Debo Band - Akale Wube [trad.] (4:53)
14. Asmara All Stars - Bloom Brothers Mood (6:36)
15. Tesfa Mariam Kidane - Victim of Famine (4:35)
16. Girma Wolde Michael - Loga [Nesh Loga] (6:23)
17. Daniel W/Gabriel - Befikirish Meyaze (6:10)
18. Abiyou Solomon - Munane Agew (5:54)

19. Nebiyu T. Kebede - Groovy (3:46)
20. Ethio Band - Ethiopian melody (7:29)
21. Theodros Mitiku - Teddy's Mood (6:29)
22. Moges Habte - Alchalkum (6:17)
23. Yared Tefera - Anchi Hoyew Lene (6:01)
24. Tilaye Gebre - Yenigat Kokeb/Yelelit Berehane (9:31)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Dereje Mekonnen - Tarik [ethiopia]

       Dereje Mekonnen began his career in the early 1980's as a keyboard player in the Ibex band, which accompanied the singer Mahmoud Ahmed on three albums. Then He founded the formation Dallol, a reggae band with which he concerted in Chicago. He also accompanied  Ziggy Marley on his albums Conscious Party (1988) and One Bright Day (1989), which were awarded the Grammy. After numerous tours with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, he founded band Gizzae in 1991, with which he appeared mainly in Chicago and the Midwest of the USA. He also worked with Ethiopian musicians like Tilahun Gessesse and Ephrem Tamiru. Dereje also produced the first album of Ejigayehu Shibabaw, One Ethiopia (1998). 

Dereje Makonnen died young, at the age of 49 years.

Ibex Band - Yezemed Yebada

       To most of his adoring fans that got close to knowing him by first name, he was just simply known to them as "DJ" and more importantly to his own family and ours, we called him Dereje. The 5th one down from a family of eleven (also his favorite chord progression...) and in my humble opinion: the most gifted keyboard player there is among Ethiopian Musicians. 

      Dereje "DJ" Makonnen was not one to drop names nor pre-occupy his time and energy with whom he has worked with and/or help bring them to stardom, he wanted to play music since he can actually see the blueprint of what the song should be each time the singer/artist bring the lyrics and the "Zema" (pronounced Zay_MAH: a word in amharic which means melody). 

     Dereje Makonnen was one of the key element in revolutionizing modern Ethiopian Music (meaning using non-traditional musical instruments) He was always playing the guitar [his favorite instrument] the keys and also the bass at the forefront of trying new sounds and arrangement styles that no one was attempting. Many of the current Ethiopian musicians refer to him as a mentor.

Dereje Mekonnen - 01 - Che belew (3:49)
Dereje Mekonnen - 02 - Anchi Hoye (5:28)
Dereje Mekonnen - 03 - Ethiopia (5:00)
Dereje Mekonnen - 04 - Yekermo sew (4:52)
Dereje Mekonnen - 05 - Mamaye (3:51)
Dereje Mekonnen - 06 - Yidenekal (5:16)
Dereje Mekonnen - 07 - Ambassel (4:18)
Dereje Mekonnen - 08 - Sileyat (4:21)
Dereje Mekonnen - 09 - Tarik (3:06)
Dereje Mekonnen - 10 - Eyuat sitinafikegn (4:52)