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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bezuayehu Demissie - Best of Oldies [2007] [ethiopia]

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Bezuayehu Demissie - Enbua Zebider

       Bezuayehu Demissie has demonstrated a rather amazing voice, though his relative success was over shadowed by accusations that the album which contains the remake of Muluken Melesse was made without the authorization of the original singer. This led to a rather bizarre fight that some speculated was heading to court. 

         A VOA report from 2007 says Muluken has already sued the singer and producers. There is no accessible information on if or how the case was settled. Nevertheless, the remake of the songs doesn't disappoint and may even help the new generation to be introduced to the old classic songs of Ethiopia.

01. Bezuayehu Demissie - Enbua Zebider (6:26)
02. Bezuayehu Demissie - Set Balew Geter (4:59)
03. Bezuayehu Demissie - Negerighne (5:50)
04. Bezuayehu Demissie - Yene Konjo (5:49)
05. Bezuayehu Demissie - Tizita (5:59)
06. Bezuayehu Demissie - Yebrhan Kokeb (5:42)
07. Bezuayehu Demissie - Misker Eyaye (9:20)
08. Bezuayehu Demissie - Yene Alem (4:13)
09. Bezuayehu Demissie - Tizez Begelaye (6:18)
10. Bezuayehu Demissie - Berget Ageghnesh Wey (7:03)
11. Bezuayehu Demissie - Che Belew (3:53)
12. Bezuayehu Demissie - Endet Lechalew (5:42)
13. Bezuayehu Demissie - Negerighne Menew (5:48)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mohammed Awel Saleh - Hager Allen [ethiopia]

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       A nasheed (Arabic: singular نشيد nashīd, plural أناشيد anāshīd, also nashwad (pl.), meaning: "chants"; also nasyid in Malaysia and Indonesia) is a work of vocal music that is either sung acappella or accompanied by percussion instruments such as the daf. 

     In general, Islamic anasheed do not contain lamellaphone instruments, string instruments, or wind and brass instruments, although digital remastering – either to mimic percussion instruments or create overtones – is permitted. This is because many Muslim scholars state that Islam prohibits the use of musical instruments except for some basic percussion.

          Anasheed are popular throughout the Islamic world. The material and lyrics of a nasheed usually make reference to Islamic beliefs, history, and religion, as well as current events.

01. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Hager Allen (6:10)
02. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Yalew Geleli (6:14)
03. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Yehun Dehna (5:33)
04. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Borena (6:39)
05. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Bale Ensosilaw (6:05)
06. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Hager Wub (5:41)
07. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Niboyie (6:14)
08. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Ney Digay (5:12)
09. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Welebayie (6:56)
10. Mohammed Awel Saleh - Zomayie (5:01)

Betsat Seyoum - Basresagn [2005] [ethiopia]

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            Bitsat Seyoum was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. She attended ‘Felege Yordanos Elementary School’ (staring at the age of 4) and ‘Shemeles Habte Secondary School’. She always loved singing and was encouraged by many friends to perform. One thing led to another and Bitsat found herself beginning her singing career in an ‘Azmari Bet’ (a traditional venue where musicians {azmaris} alongside dancers and instrumentalists, perform traditional Ethiopian music). Her music was discovered by many and soon, she was touring internationally.

Bitseat Seyoum - Basresagna

       Working with all the big names of that musical era, Bitsat began recording her songs. Mulatu Astatke (who is often referred to as the father of EthioJazz) arranged the music for her first cassette recording. With masters of the Amharic poetic form ‘Wax and Gold’ (traditional poetry characterised by double meaning) and musicians and composers like Tilahun Gessesse, Gultu Tefera, Teddy Afro, Moges Teka, Mulugeta Tesfaye, Yelema Gebreabe and plenty more, she performed and recorded her work. She opened up her own successful night club in Addis Abeba named BITSAT and became famous for her witty and skilful improvisations of the ‘Wax and Gold’ poetry.

       Bitsat now lives in Melbourne with her husband, Tesfaye Temamo (a writer, director and actor) and children.

01. Betsat Seyoum - Basresagn (6:16)
02. Betsat Seyoum - Yichalal (4:26)
03. Betsat Seyoum - Enesebaseb (7:24)
04. Betsat Seyoum - Senafekeh (5:45)
05. Betsat Seyoum - Sewuyew (6:33)
06. Betsat Seyoum - Feker Awkalehu (4:48)
07. Betsat Seyoum - Alsemen Geba Belew (6:07)
08. Betsat Seyoum - Tebebegnaw (5:02)
09. Betsat Seyoum - Getenetu (6:08)
10. Betsat Seyoum - Bawetagn (4:37)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mahmoud Ahmed - Live at WOMAD [2005] [ethiopia]

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1. Mahmoud Ahmed - Live at WOMAD 2005 (73:00)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chalachew Ashenafi - Ye-zemed Neger [ethiopia]

Chalachew Ashenafi - Gonder Welkait Tegede

Chalachew Ashenafi - 01 - Aya Belew (7:13)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 02 - Atenchi Bayne Lay (4:37)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 03 - Fekiresh Welelaw (6:42)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 04 - Ye-Abay Derewa Loga (5:32)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 05 - Bewala Bewala (5:30)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 06 - Anchi woye (7:22)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 07 - Ene Gonebes Biye (9:34)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 08 - Ere Endemin Alesh (6:26)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 09 - Menjar (6:45)
Chalachew Ashenafi - 10 - Yetebarek (5:16)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Melaku Belay [ethiopia]

          Melaku Belay is an Ethiopian traditional dancer born in Addis Abeba in 1980. He showed interest in learning the different kind of dances that punctuates the everyday life of Ethiopian people early in life.

         Melaku is above all a free spirit who has refused to restrain himself in an imposed and academic “traditional” style. As a self-taught dancer, he has taken his inspiration inside the Ethiopian society itself, and among the bearers of the tradition. Throughout his career, he has tried to create and develop his own style according to his own experiences and research through his country, with a touch of improvisation and fantasy.

           Melaku is not only a dancer, he is also "a cultural entrepreneur" trying to support and develop the cultural and musical wealth of his country. 

            Since 2008, he is managing one of the most famous Azmari place in Addis Abeba, the Fendika by introducing an innovative idea to his traditional setting. Indeed, during the special events which regularly occur in Fendika, he has invited many guests, from both Ethiopian and foreign spheres, creating a place which offers a symbiosis between tradition and modernity.

Melaku Belay - Sora Sora

        Fendika, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from Addis Ababa, draws deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s bardic tradition while adding creative movements and sounds that revitalize their ancient artistic forms. Passionately committed to the preservation and development of traditional culture, group leader and dancer Melaku Belay has established two traditional performing groups – the smaller elite group Fendika and the 12-member Ethiocolor. Fendika features seven performers – two dancers, two singers, and instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre). Founded in 2009 by Melaku Belay, Ethiopia’s leading dancer and a respected cultural ambassador, the ensemble is based at Melaku’s renowned music club Fendika Azmari Bet in the Kazanchis neighborhood of Addis Ababa. In Ethiopian culture, an azmari bet is a traditional house of music where people come to be entertained, informed, and sometimes playfully insulted by the azmari who serve as current events commentators while they dance, sing, and play for tips.

     Melaku is a virtuoso interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop movements of breaking and popping. Now a highly respected cultural ambassador, Melaku grew up as a street kid, learning many regional dances of Ethiopia through participation in religious festivals such as Timqat, folk ceremonies, and everyday activities in Addis Ababa and the countryside where music and dance are a vital part of cultural and spiritual expression. Melaku has traveled throughout Ethiopia to learn the dance traditions of the country’s 80 tribal groups. The musicians and dancers of Fendika present a cultural journey starting in the highlands of Tigray, Wollo, Gonder, and Gojam, also including dances from the Somali and Afar regions and southern Ethiopian dance forms from the Gurage, Wolaita, and Konso traditions.

In 2011 Melaku won the Alliance Ethio-Francaise (Addis Ababa) award for dance excellence. On May 5 2015 he was named as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres , in recognition of his exceptional artistic career, by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications - an extremely prestigious honor.

       Melaku and Fendika also extend their base of tradition to new areas of musical exploration, developing strong performance partnerships with Ethiopian jazz bands Addis Acoustic Project and the US-based Debo Band, as well as international groups such as Le Baroque Nomade, Ukandanz, Akalé Wubé, Arat Kilo, and especially European punk band The Ex. The group has performed with legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed and begena player Alemu Aga, while Melaku has collaborated with Éthiopiques founder Francis Falceto, Italian singer Saba Anglana, and Italian saxophonist Enzo Favata, among many others. Fendika has appeared in Scandinavia, France, Spain, Mali, Zanzibar, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic; they rocked the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in July 2014, earning a rave review. Members of the group toured the US in 2011, 2012, and 2013 with stops at the Lowell and Richmond Folk Festivals, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and Kennedy Center as well as Lincoln Center where their performance received great acclaim from the New York Times . Ethiocolor performed as a showcase band at the prestigious Womex Festival in October 2014 and toured Europe twice during 2015 with The Ex, returning to Germany and Scandinavia in August 2015. Melaku traveled to Italy to perform at a fundraising concert for a school in Addis. Fendika/Ethiocolor performed in Israel for the Jerusalem Sacred Music festival in September 2015. The group was a highlight at globalFEST, the premier world music showcase in New York, on January 17, 2016.

                 Fendika has compiled two CDs of their music: Addis Tradition (2013) and Ethiocolor, the 2014 disc produced by Selam Sounds. The video Ethiocolor 360◦ was selected as one of the top 15 of 2015 by OkayAfrica.

            Fendika performances run from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes, depending on the venue requirements. Their show builds in sonic and dance intensity, often culminating in an exciting interaction as Fendika members join the audience to invite dance participation. Fendika workshops (usually one hour) engage students of all ages in learning and experiencing Ethiopian rhythms and movements.

                Fendika is deeply committed to engagement and interaction between audience and performer. They love to offer workshops for all ages before or after performances, to teach their dance steps, musical notes, rhythms, and the history and background of Ethiopian traditional music and dance. Fendika has experience from the folk festivals of the US and in educational programs in France in participating in “World Sounds” or “World Dance” workshops on stage, featuring musicians from several cultures who demonstrate their art and then exchange and collaborate resulting in a group performance on stage. They are also very skilled at participating in panel discussions on topics such as the role of tradition in contemporary culture, also inviting questions and observations from the audience.

Melaku Belay, dance 
Zinash Tsegaye, dance 
Mesalu Abebaye, kebero drums 
Fasika Hailu, krar 
Nardos Tesfaw, vocals 
Tesfaye Taye, vocals 
Gizachew Teklemariam, masenko

Melaku's Fendika - Ambassel (7:40)
EthioColor - Fendika Recordings (5:21)
Melaku's Fendika - Lewoy Lewoy (Wollo) (5:09)
EthioColor - Fendika Recordings (4:49)
Melaku Belay - Mali Malonayie (5:26)
Melaku Belay - Sekota (3:52)
EthioColor - Fendika Recordings (5:28)
Melaku's Fendika - Ywolalia Weyole (Gurage) (5:11)

"The rhythmic virtuosity of Melaku was often astounding. He can turn either the upper or lower body into an electrifying vehicle of rapid pulsation...Simply to see him sway his body to the music was a marvel: the angle of his out-held elbows, the pliancy of his spine, the rhythmic point of those shoulders all made their sensuous contributions. A happily superlative artist." 

Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 8/12/2011

Friday, November 18, 2016

v.a. - Digital Ethiopia pt.2 [ compilation] [ethiopia]

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1. Tadesse Alemu - Shinet (5:56)
2. Tadesse Alemu - Hedach Allu (9:11)
3. Hamelmal Abate - Tirulegn (5:51)
4. Hana Shenkute - Addis Fekere (6:40)
5. Abonesh Adnew - Limitawey (7:03)
6. Kuku Sebsebe - Hallo Belat (4:55)
7. Chachi Tadesse - Africa (5:19)
8. Chachi Tadesse - Medina (5:27)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Elias Tebabel - [1995] - Laradam Albeje [ethiopia]

Elias Tebabal - Shäggaw Täwäldwall

Elias Tebabel - 01 - Yenferaz Abeba (6:10)
Elias Tebabel - 02 - Laradam Albeje (5:09)
Elias Tebabel - 03 - Shebela (6:41)
Elias Tebabel - 04 - Befekrachene Geze (8:48)
Elias Tebabel - 05 - Keribegne (7:07)
Elias Tebabel - 06 - Emama Ethiopia (5:04)
Elias Tebabel - 07 - Selanchi (5:21)
Elias Tebabel - 08 - Kaleshe Tesebere (5:32)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rahel Yohannes - unknown album [ethiopia]

        Although Rahel Yohannes is a formidable singer who has performed professionally for more than 20 years, her entrance into the music business was almost by coincidence. As the manager of an Ethiopian restaurant, Rahel would frequently entertain her customers by singing acappella for them. Her patrons began to look forward to her impromptu performances and, one evening, one of these admirers brought the late Ketema Mekonnen – a well-known singer and player of traditional musical instruments – to the restaurant and asked Rahel to join him in a song. She performed the haunting ballad “Tizita” and a couple of years later released her first album. Since then, she has released 9 recordings as a professional singer.

       In addition to being an accomplished entertainer, Rahel is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated various nightclubs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Presently, she entertains ever-growing audiences at the Fasika Restaurant and Nightclub in Addis Ababa.

Rahel Yohannes [ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ] - Yehagir Meketa  [የሀገር መከታ]

Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 01 - Romantic Rays [የፍቅር ጮራ] (5:10)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 02 - Yesewi Merecha [የሰው መረቻ] (6:29)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 03 - Tizita [ ትዝታ] (6:58)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 04 - Wedo Zemachi [ወዶ ዘማች] (5:56)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 05 - Yemare Akale [የማረ አካል] (4:52)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 06 - Yeḥageri Fikir [የሐገር ፍቅር] (5:37)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 07 - Yebichayē Nehi [የብቻዬ ነህ] (4:33)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 08 - Yehāgeri Meketa [የሀገር መከታ] (6:34)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 09 - Wileta [ውለታ] (7:33)
Rahel Yohannes ራሔል ዮሐንስሻ - 10 - Yeborena Lij [የቦረና ልጅ] (5:44)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dub Colossus - Dub Will Tear Us Apart [2010] [ethiopia]

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    In 2006 Nick 'Dubulah' Page, British producer, multi-instrumentalist and founding member of Transglobal Underground and Syriana, first travelled to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. His aim was to collaborate with musicians and explore traditional Azmari styles, 60s Ethiopian pop, Ethiojazz and 70s Jamaican Dub Reggae. He came across some amazingly talented artists – female vocalists Tsedenia Gebremarkos and Sintayehu 'Mimi' Zenebe, Ethiojazz pianist Samuel Yirga, tenor sax player Feleke Hailu and Teremage Woretaw on messenqo (one-string fiddle) and vocals. 

       Dub Colossus was born. The first recordings were exclusively previewed on Society of Sound. Then followed the critically acclaimed debut album 'A Town Called Addis,' (2008) and a series of outstanding live shows.

        Especially for Society of Sound, the band have put together ‘Dub Will Tear Us Apart’, featuring ten brand new tracks fresh from studio sessions in Real World, Edinburgh and Addis Ababa. Highlights include Dub Colossus’ Anglo-Ethiopian version of the reggae classic, “Uptown Top Ranking”, written and originally performed by Jamaican girl duo Althea & Donna, which topped the UK singles chart in 1978. "It had a big effect on me," explains Nick Page, "seeing it on Top Of The Pops… it was a first in many ways." 

       The connection between Ethiopia and Jamaica has been well documented, especially with regards to the lyrical content of a lot of Jamaican Roots Reggae music. Dub Colossus’ dread Abesha version is fronted by Sintayehu and Tsedenia, with UK/Jamaican guest MC JP Higgins. 


     Other highlights include "Guragignia", a ferociously funky Ethiopian song which sounds like a blue taxi going at full speed with no brakes during rush hour in Addis Ababa. A live show favourite, it features lead vocals by Sintayehu. "Selemi" is another live favourite, an Ethio-Funk stomper fronted by Tsedenia supported by the keyboards of Samuel Yirga and saxes of Feleke Hailu, that morphs into a southern Ethiopian rhythm of release. In contrast, "Medina" is a Teremage Woretaw traditional solo track, for voice and messenqo. A gospel song performed to mark a period of fasting, Teremage sings in growling wild swoops as he bows his messenqo with an intense energy. 

        Dub Will Tear Us Apart features members of the current live band for the first time: drummer Nick Van Gelder (ex Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies), bass player Dr Das (ex Asian Dub Foundation), vocalist PJ Higgins (Natacha Atlas, Almamegretta, Kenneth Bager), as well as the wonderful Horns of Negus, who recently worked with Dr John, Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, consisting of Ben Somers (tenor and baritone sax), Robert Dowell (trombone) and Jonathan Radford (trumpet).

01. Dub Colossus - Dub Will Tear Us Apart (6:41)
02. Dub Colossus - Wey Fikir (4:21)
03. Dub Colossus - Yeh Shimbraw Tir Tir (4:21)
04. Dub Colossus - Dub Me Tender (4:23)
05. Dub Colossus - Satta Massagans (inst version) (3:43)
06. Dub Colossus - Kuratu (5:09)
07. Dub Colossus - Uptown Top Ranking (5:03)
08. Dub Colossus - Guragigna (5:13)
09. Dub Colossus - Medina (3:07)
10. Dub Colossus - Selemi (6:42)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Kegnete Mesele - VI - [Ethiopian Traditional Instrumental Music]

Bati - Ethiopian Instrumental Music

Kegnete Mesele - 01 - Anchi Lidj (9:59)
Kegnete Mesele - 02 - Ethiopia (10:34)
Kegnete Mesele - 03 - Twar (3:58)
Kegnete Mesele - 04 - Ambassel (6:23)
Kegnete Mesele - 05 - Befekresh Men (11:16)
Kegnete Mesele - 06 - Woye Fikir (10:58)
Kegnete Mesele - 07 - Yehar Shireret (8:49)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mahmoud Ahmed - Selam [ethiopia]

       Mahmoud Ahmed is one of the biggest singers in Ethiopia, known all over the world. One of his greatest gifts as a live performer include his ability to get the shoulder-shaking Eskista dance spread like wildfire! With him on stage, he is one of Ethiopia’s most legendary live bands - Roha Band!

Mahmoud Ahmed - Selam

      Mahmoud Ahmed was born in Addis Ababa’s Mercato district and began his career as shoe shine boy before he became one of his country’s top stars. Already at an early age he was fascinated by the music that was played at home on Ethiopian radio. During the 60s, he got a job at the club, Arizona, the club where Haile Selassie’s legendary Imperial Bodyguard Band played. He soon became part of the band’s regular set, where he stayed until 1974. 

     During the 70th,  Mahmoud recorded a series of songs with the record companies Amha and Kaifa and quickly became a big name within Ethiopian music. In the 1980s he ran his own music store in Addis Ababa while he continued his singing career. 1986 he gained a larger Western audience when the Belgian label Crammed Discs released the collection Ere Mela Mela, and even greater international attention in the late 1990s after Buda Musique launched the Éthiopiques series. This led to new recordings and tours in Europe and the USA with Boston’s Either / Orchestra, and French Badume Band. His undulating, slightly veiled voice, which seems to be able to express every nuance, has retained the charm and properties that are characteristic of Azmaris, traditional bards performing in local pubs in Ethiopia. 

      Mahmoud Ahmed is still one of the most well known and beloved Ethiopian artists in the world.

Mahmoud Ahmed - 01 - Tetesh (5:36)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 02 - Abaye mado (5:20)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 03 - Kelenesh (Gurage) (5:14)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 04 - Erey endale lebay (7:34)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 05 - Selam (4:59)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 06 - Awy legeto (7:07)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 07 - Enbayen lemetereg (5:48)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 08 - Tey neylegn menew (5:20)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 09 - Tizita yakatelew (6:31)
Mahmoud Ahmed - 10 - Dekamenesh temate (5:37)