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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Abraham Afewerki - Semai [2006] [eritrea]




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       Abraham Afewerki (1966-2006), an Eritrean singer, song writer, and music producer died in an accident on the Dahlak Islands, in the Red Sea cost of Eritrea. He was 40 years old. In addition to his humble personality, Abraham was one of the most gifted contemporary Eritrean musical artist, a genius of Tigrinya music writer, and a unique Tigrinya lyricist. Abraham was one of the most recognized figures among Eritrean musicians and celebrities.



















        Abraham Afewerki is described as an Eritrean musical tour-de-force. Held in high regard by his fellow Eritrean artists his work garners appreciation and admiration from his peers. His musical influence also crosses borders to Eritrea’s neighboring countries where his music is reproduced by other musicians singing in a different language other than his native Tigrinya.

Abraham was born in Asmara, Eritrea. From an early age Abraham was fascinated with musical instruments and by age nine had learned to play a musical instrument independently. Due to the Eritrean War of Independence Abraham, with his family, fled to Sudan and soon after to Italy where he further pursued his dream to be a professional musician. While studying in Rome, Abraham continued to expand his musical skills by working with internationally known musical celebrities in live performances as well as recording












Abraham’s first CD, Kozli Gaba was released in 1991, which was produced and distributed by Virgin Records in Europe. The album was the first by an Eritrean artist that was produced by 
an International recording company and made available to the global audience. Abraham’s music, in due course, was covered by a number of International media outlets.

During the following 15 years Abraham released two more albums which further propelled his popularity among Eritreans. His songs were popular because his lyrics expressed strong and poetic images of Eritrea’s culture. His socially conscious words were evocative and his fans often described his music as inspiring. Abraham is also credited with being one of Eritrea’s master live entertainers.



In his newest CD titled Semai ("Sky" in Tigrinya), Abraham collaborates with several Eritrean musicians, the result of which was an exquisite sound. Abraham continued to blend his music with jazz, R&B, and Reggae rhythms at the same time maintaining his music’s originality and authenticity.

While still continuing his progress in music, the multi-faceted artist, who was residing in the USA, had managed to obtain a BS degree (Bachelor of Science degree) in MIS (Management Information Systems), graduating with honors. Abraham, undoubtedly one of the greatest artist and stage performers, will be REALLY deeply missed by his countless funs, friends and families.




Albums : 

So far he has released 4 official cassettes (albums) in Eritrea


"Wegahta"     (Dawn or Sunrise) - 1991
"Tesfa'iya snqey"     (Hope is my supply or kit) - 1994
"MsTir fQri"      (Secret of Love) - 1998
"Semai"     (Sky - aka The Sky is My Limit ) - 2006



Monday, January 16, 2017

v.a. - Krar & Masinko [ethiopia]











Krar Collective




       The krar or kraar is a five- or six-stringed bowl-shaped lyre from Eritrea and Ethiopia. The instrument is tuned to a pentatonic scale. A modern krar may be amplified, much in the same way as an electric guitar or violin.


        A chordophone, the krar is usually decorated with wood, cloth and beads. Its five or six strings determine the available pitches. The instrument's tone depends on the musician's playing technique: bowing, strumming or plucking. If plucked, the instrument will produce a soft tone. Strumming, on the other hand, will yield a harmonious pulsation. The instrument is often played by musician-singers called azmari. It usually accompanies love songs and secular songs.











Masinko tutorial




        The masinko (also spelled mesenqo, mesenko, mesenko, mesinko, or mesinqo) is a single-stringed bowed lute commonly found in the musical traditions of Ethiopia and Eritrea. As with the krar, this instrument is used by Ethiopian minstrels called azmaris ("singer" in Amharic) . Although it functions in a purely accompaniment capacity in songs, the masinko requires considerable virtuosity, as azmaris accompany themselves while singing.


     The square- or diamond-shaped resonator is made of four small wooden boards glued together, then covered with a stretched parchment or rawhide. The single string is typically made of horse hair, and passes over a bridge. The instrument is tuned by means of a large tuning peg to fit the range of the singer's voice. It may be bowed by either the right or left hand, and the non-bow hand sits lightly on top of the upper part of the string.






01 - Derbe Zenebe - Esti leguaz (5:18)
02 - Maritu Legesse - Akale Webe (4:50)
03 - Gash Abera Mola - Yameral Agere (5:17)
04 - Samuel Kassa - Techno Be'Masinko (3:27)
05 - Gigi & Yeshi Demelash - Bati [Reggaetopia - single] (5:59)
06 - Mahmoud Ahmed & Gossaye Tesfaye - Adera (5:52)
07 - Eskedar Amsalu - Bayeshelegn (7:15)
08 - Rasselas - Tizita (ft. Bezuayehu Demissie) (4:11)
09 - Gigi - Tew Maneh (4:54)
10 - Gigi - Kiraren Bikagnew (5:37)
11 - Asnaketch Worku - Arada (3:01)
12 - Mary Armeday - Enem Lefelefkugn Melageruw Sema (3:39)
13 - Mahmoud Ahmed - Anchiye Hodiye (4:36)
14 - Endris - Masinko (2:36)





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Yemane Kidane - Yeaklena [2016] [eritrea]




















Yemane Kidane - 01 - Yeaklena (6:13)
Yemane Kidane - 02 - Karibu (5:59)
Yemane Kidane - 03 - Sidet (5:32)
Yemane Kidane - 04 - Asho Asila (5:40)
Yemane Kidane - 05 - Haqi nebala misikir iya (5:01)
Yemane Kidane - 06 - Mother (6:06)
Yemane Kidane - 07 - Tefkireni Zineberet (5:12)
Yemane Kidane - 08 - Tibeb (3:56)
Yemane Kidane - 09 - Peace & Love (3:28)




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)





Friday, October 14, 2016

Elsa Kidane - Tezezta Fiqri vol. 3 [2007] - [eritrea]












Elsa Kidane - Tezezta Fiqri




Elsa Kidane - 01 - Tezezta Fiqri (7:47)
Elsa Kidane - 02 - Zeban Fiqri (6:48)
Elsa Kidane - 03 - Jobae (7:11)
Elsa Kidane - 04 - Kotsera (6:48)
Elsa Kidane - 05 - Azizeni (4:52)
Elsa Kidane - 06 - Tealiya (5:52)
Elsa Kidane - 07 - Ente Belkuka (7:18)
Elsa Kidane - 08 - Weldo Fikri (5:37)
Elsa Kidane - 09 - Shebab (6:23)




Friday, August 26, 2016

Taniqo - Wala Aikeseb [2004] [eritrea]









       Temesgen "Taniqo" Gebre Selassie is one of the hottest young Eritrean artists to come out of the Asmara music scene, with his unique blend of Eritrean guaila and pop.





Temesgen Taniqo - Tsebah Megesha





Taniqo - 01 - Tsebah Megesha (9:09)
Taniqo - 02 - Wala Aikeseb (6:01)
Taniqo - 03 - Begahdi Ne'elil (6:14)
Taniqo - 04 - Men Ikhi Men (6:09)
Taniqo - 05 - Debena Yele Serbi (6:15)
Taniqo - 06 - Mgudal Abyu Tsegemey (6:02)
Taniqo - 07 - Teta'isu (4:35)
Taniqo - 08 - Alamdni (7:03)
Taniqo - 09 - Felfalit Fiqhri (6:15)








Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Estifanos Abraham Zemach - Aimeselan [2006] [eritrea]











Estifanos Abraham Zemach - Nistey



Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 01 - Nefelale'do (7:47)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 02 - Aimesela (6:31)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 03 - Kendeimo (9:01)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 04 - Nistey (6:57)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 05 - Mot N'bburyu (7:12)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 06 - Test'ese (7:47)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 07 - Hitetwan'do (5:06)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 08 - Wuldo Embaba (7:59)
Estifanos Abraham Zemach - 09 - Kidmeki Yelen (4:34)



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band - Unknown instrumental album [poor cassette rip] [ethiopia]








      Awesome Tapes From Africa   are to reissue a third album by cult Ethiopian jazz pianist and synth pioneer Hailu Mergia. Writing on Facebook, the label say that Wede Harer Guzo was recorded with the Dahlak Band in 1978 in Addis Ababa, in the wake of Mergia’s 1978 success Tche Belew. Album is goiing to be released on June 17th 2016.



     As a prelude to this long-awaited lost treasure, I am posting one of Hailu Mergia's "lost tapes", unknown instrumental album with Walias Band. 





Walias Band - rare ethiopian groove



          Walias Band (sometimes spelled Wallias Band; Amharic: ዋሊያስ ባንድ?) were an Ethiopian Jazz and funk band active from the early 1970s until the early 1990s. Formed by members of the Venus Band, Walias backed up many prominent singers with a hard polyrhythmic funk sound influenced by western artists like King Curtis, Junior Walker and Maceo Parker. In 1977 they recorded one of the few albums of Ethiopian instrumental music in collaboration with vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke, whose role as a bandleader and composer was also a major influence on Ethiopian popular music.

             In 1981 Walias became the first modern Ethiopian band to travel to the United States, playing on a tour with singer Mahmoud Ahmed primarily to audiences of Ethiopian refugees. Four members—Girma Bèyènè, Mogès Habté, Mèlakè Gèbrè and Hailu Mergia—stayed in the U.S. and formed a new group called Zula Band in favor of returning to live in Ethiopia under its dictatorship. Mergia took work in Washington DC driving a taxi cab and released solo cassette tapes of traditional Ethiopian music played on analog synthesizer, electric piano and accordion. The remaining members—Yohannes Tèkola and Tèmarè Harègou—continued to play together under the Derg dictatorship for another decade.






              In the late 1990s Walias Band found a wider audience in the west when the French label Buda Records reissued much of the group's music on the Ethiopiques series of compact discs. Their instrumental, "Musicawi Silt", became a popular dance number and has been covered by a number of artists.

        The Walias Band's name derives from the walia ibex, an endangered species of the Capra genus native to the mountains of Ethiopia. They share no members with the similarly named Ibex Band who also backed up Mahmoud Ahmed during the same epoch.

         Vocalists that Walias worked with included Getachew Kassa, Mahmoud Ahmed, Woubishet Fisseha, Alemayehu Borobor, Seyoum Gebreyes, Netsanet Mellessè and Tilahun Gessesse.



Members : 

Girma Beyene - Piano, electric piano, arranger
Hailu Mergia - Organ, Moog synthesizer
Mahmoud Aman - Guitar
Alemseged Kebede - Bass
Temare Haragy - Drums, percussion
Yohanese Tekola - Trumpet
Moges Habte Tenor saxophone




Tracklist : 

Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 01 - Nanu Nanu Neyi (5:58)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 02 - Turun Feri (5:55)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 03 - Kemekem (6:38)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 04 - Tiz Alechign Zare (5:55)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 05 - Yekereme Fikir (6:28)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 06 - Monaliza (6:22)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 07 - Nafkote (Aynoche Terabu) (5:49)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 08 - Emo Yedigere (4:28)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 09 - Munaye (7:59)
Hailu Mergia & Walias Band - 10 - Alem Zemene (6:20)



Monday, April 18, 2016

Abrar Osman - Shama Bel [2014] [eritrea]












Abrar Osman - ኣይውረድ  Aiwured




Abrar Osman - 01 - Shama Bel (6:55)
Abrar Osman - 02 - Mieti Kab Mieti (6:02)
Abrar Osman - 03 - Dig Eritrea (5:45)
Abrar Osman - 04 - Yikdenena (7:41)
Abrar Osman - 05 - Tsebah (6:57)
Abrar Osman - 06 - Ayiwred (8:42)
Abrar Osman - 07 - Halew (7:09)
Abrar Osman - 08 - Baskta Himboba (5:43)



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - Worshilalo [2015] [eritrea]












Mahmud Mohammed (Aggar)- ሜረላ - Meerela




Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 01 - Wonaadilee (5:17)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 02 - Worshilalo (4:29)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 03 - Selamat (5:42)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 04 - Baadusereme (3:36)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 05 - Wolat Gebaayil (5:29)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 06 - Siraaro (6:03)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 07 - Meerela (5:04)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 08 - Sukana Kisha (4:55)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 09 - Kiroe (5:08)
Mahamud Mohammed Aggar - 10 - Anjaa (4:06)




Thursday, March 31, 2016

Abraham Afewerki - Kozli Gaba [1991] [eritrea]






Abraham Afewerki (1966–2006)



Abraham Afewerki (1966–2006) was an Eritrean singer, songwriter and music producer. Noted for his unique Tigrinya-based compositions and lyrics, he was one of the most recognized figures among Eritrean musicians and celebrities.

Abraham was born in Asmara, Eritrea. From an early age Abraham was fascinated with musical instruments and by age nine had learned to play a musical instrument independently. Due to the Eritrean War of Independence, Abraham, with his family, fled to Sudan and soon after to Italy, where he further pursued his dream to be a professional musician. While studying in Rome, Abraham continued to expand his musical skills by working with internationally known musical celebrities in live performances as well as recordings.

Abraham’s first CD, Kozli Gaba was released in 1991, which was produced and distributed by Virgin Records in Europe. The album was the first by an Eritrean artist that was produced by an International recording company and made available to the global audience. Abraham’s music, in due course, was covered by a number of International media outlets. All his songs are legally distributed and protected by Ella Records currently.

During the following 15 years, Abraham released two more albums which further propelled his popularity among Eritreans. His songs were popular because his lyrics expressed strong and poetic images of Eritrea’s culture. His socially conscious words were evocative and his fans often described his music as inspiring. Abraham is also credited with being one of Eritrea’s master live entertainers.

In his newest CD titled Semai ("Sky" in Tigrinya), Abraham collaborates with several Eritrean musicians, the result of which was an exquisite sound. Abraham continued to blend his music with jazz, R&B, and Reggae rhythms at the same time maintaining his music’s originality and authenticity.

In 2006, Abraham drowned while swimming in Massawa during the filming of his next music video.

Abraham was described as an Eritrean musical tour-de-force. Held in high regard by his fellow Eritrean artists, his work garnered appreciation and admiration from his peers. His musical influence also crossed borders to Eritrea's neighboring countries where his music is reproduced by other musicians singing in a different language other than his native Tigrinya.








Abraham Afewerki - Kozli Gaba (4:48)
Abraham Afewerki - Wegahta (6:36)
Abraham Afewerki - Meley (7:50)
Abraham Afewerki - Aygodelen (5:55)
Abraham Afewerki - Hisebilu (6:54)
Abraham Afewerki - Misay (6:11)

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)




Saturday, May 9, 2015

Tekle Kiflemariam / Wedi Tikul - Wedi Tikul [eritrea]




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Tekle Kiflemariam aka Wedi Tikul - Yikealo



       Tekle Kiflemariam - Wedi Tukul, an Eritrean musician who is best known for being one of the most visible supporters of the Eritrean War of Independence from Ethiopia, and is so popular that he is known as the Bob Marley of Eritrea.







01. Wedi Tikul - ARKETEY (7:05)
02. Wedi Tikul - ASMERANA (5:46)
03. Wedi Tikul - ZEKIRE (7:53)
04. Wedi Tikul - RUBA WERIDE (6:38)
05. Wedi Tikul - NIGHER YBLENI (6:37)
06. Wedi Tikul - HABULEY (6:34)
07. Wedi Tikul - ALOKIDO (6:00)
08. Wedi Tikul - ANTA ZISEB (6:06)
09. Wedi Tikul - MIKREY LEGISE (5:50)
10. Wedi Tikul - Instrumental Alokado (6:09)