Showing posts with label modern traditiona music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label modern traditiona music. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Anmut Kinde (Habtu Nigatu) - Traditional Instrumental [ethiopia]

Anmut Kinde (Habtu Nigatu) - Ye Wahint Engurguro

Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 01 - Yenem Hager Hager (6:50)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 02 - Gedam Endegeba (4:47)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 03 - Endegena (6:47)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 04 - Oromigna (5:16)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 05 - Shemonmanye (5:32)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 06 - Eyewat sitenafikegn (5:18)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 07 - Gum Gum (6:18)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 08 - Etalem Sirew Betishin (6:00)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 09 - Guragigna (4:12)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 10 - Mushiraye Yetibarek (6:47)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mahmoud Ahmed - Yitbarek [2003] [ethiopia]

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01. Mahmoud Ahmed - Yitbarek (3:48)
02. Mahmoud Ahmed - Almaz (20:34)
03. Mahmoud Ahmed - Fitsum Dink Lij Nesh (5:52)
04. Mahmoud Ahmed - Tseguruna Werdo Werdo (4:44)
05. Mahmoud Ahmed - Kulum (11:03)
06. Mahmoud Ahmed - Lale Lale (5:25)
07. Mahmoud Ahmed - Asheweyna (5:51)
08. Mahmoud Ahmed - Mushiraye (6:54)
09. Mahmoud Ahmed - Hay Loya (3:24)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari [ethiopia]

Martha Ashagari and Weshenfer Aragaw - Ere Damay

Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 01 - Eroman Neh (5:41)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 02 - Zemedea (4:59)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 03 - Metsahu Beleni [Tegrigna] (6:05)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 04 - Tadu (4:31)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 05 - Anchi Bir Albo (4:19)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 06 - Tolo Neylign (4:48)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 07 - Tey Deresh (7:05)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 08 - Sewnete Akale (6:13)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 09 - Eyew Mela Mela (6:17)
Weshenfer Argaw & Martha Ashagari - 10 - Memekyea (5:03)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - Yamiral Hagere [2013] [ethiopia]

         Seleshe Damesse was born and grew-up in Jan-Meda, an area between Sedest Kilo and Ferensay Sefer.

          Seleshe remebers that he was initially captivated by the music world while attending, during his childhood, the frequent musical performances of Guard Musical Band with such celebrated singers as Tilahun Gessesse and Bizunesh Bekele.

           Seleshe who recalls that he was coached how to play kirar ( an Ethiopian equivalent to Guitar) by  his father, was enrolled by higher musical education institutions in Vermont, Goddard College, Burllington College and worked with Michigan State University Masters program on African and Asian music research.

           During his stay abroad, Seleshe had presented a number of solo and group concerts with world renowned musicians. Moreover, he had published a total of 11 albums in Djibouti, the United states of America and Germany respectively.

Gash Abera Molla - Yameral Hagere [ያምራል-ሀገሬ]

     The artist  whose musical works were widely covered by international televisions and radio stations, had also secured the esteem and The Boston Globe, Washington post and many other known journals.

     Furthermore, Seleshe had also won, among others, the UN Environmentalist award, as well as the London Green Award for his volunteer contribution.

         Seleshe an artist with his own unique skills in the presentation of the culture and history of Ethiopia by  means if folkloric first-ever Ethiopian music album arrange and conducted by a fully-fledged orchestra.

      The artist has taken his time to dramatically, penitently or orally incorporate, as usual, his outlook on natural mysteries and traditional  music in his new album.

Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 01 - Yamiral Hagere (5:17)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 02 - Mintiwab (ምንትዋብ) (4:35)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 03 - Ye'arada Tizita (የአራዳ ትዝታ) (6:47)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 04 - Yeserge Leta (የሠርጌ ለታ) (5:13)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 05 - Gojam (ጎጃም) (5:15)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 06 - Be'anchi Aro (በአንቺ አሮ) (4:50)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 07 - Abay (አባይ) (8:29)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 08 - Azila (አዚላ) (3:43)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 09 - Minjar (ምንጃር) (4:03)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 10 - Raya (ራያ) (4:10)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 11 - Yezegeyeshibet (የዘገየሽበት) (4:22)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 12 - Gash Abera Mola (ጋሽ አበራ ሞላ) (7:14)
Seleshe Damesse (Gash Abera Mola) - 13 - Hagere (ሀገሬ) (6:42)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Shambel Belayneh - Ethiopia Vol. 7 [ethiopia]

Shambel Belayneh - Ethiopia

Saluting the greatest Ethiopian “Masinko” man and dissident artist Shambel Belayneh

by Getahune Bekele | South Africa

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of the day.” -TJ

Behold, he is daring, he is a rebel and the fearsome black lion is roaring.

“Endyaw zerafewa endeyaw zerafewa,
Ye Gondern meret ye humeran meda,
Tedanegbet enji mech dagnebet bada.
Wede temari bet temeleshi kine,
Wendoch kewalubet ewelalhu ene.”

Millions of his fans often say Shambel Belayneh is the undisputed successor to the late legendary entertainer Assefa Abate of “Yematibela Wef” fame. But some go a bit further and compared this larger- than- life character to US patriotic songs and country music icon Lee Greenwood, the man who sang the timeless and the most recognizable “God bless the USA”. 

Back home in Ethiopia where his songs are totally banned, even the most unpatriotic snobs will agree that Shambel Belayneh’s latest patriotic hit titled “BEKA” with its lively melody and widespread appeal, is as rabble rousing as the 1865 hit “Marching through Georgia” by Henry Clay work.

Rebel artist Shambel Belayneh is no Demimondaine. Patriotism is his peculiarity. His natural milieu is that of patriotic artists. As we Ethiopians begin to see a whiff of freedom in the air, only Shamble’s miscellaneous hits are going to unshackle the minds of millions of undemonstrative citizens and propel them towards freedom, liberty and fraternity.

This courageous crowed puller and Masinko genius, Shambel Belayneh, always gets enthusiastic support from his passionate fans hungry for mesmerising and delightful folk music feast. Homesick Ethiopian exiles and refugees, who complain of weariness from labour, love the manner in which he renders his music to them, with great majesty and amazing fluency. Cheering them up by the soothing dreamlike sweet melody.

As the godfather of traditional patriotic songs of Ethiopia, Shambel’s ambient music is easy to connect with. It has the power to uplift the soul, awakening in us the spirit of compassion and love, independence, rebellion and even anger. It also vanishes our blues or conjures up memories of our great past in anti-colonial struggle. Shambel’s song awakens the hero in us to surmount all obstacles and Marches us off to war. – To a just war of liberation.

One die-hard fan who danced to “Tekebresh Yenorshew” hit later described the experience by stating “the brooding melancholy that had settled over my mind was charmed away by the power of Shambel Belayneh’s Masinko and when my adrenaline peaked, my torment was lifted after which i saw my beloved Ethiopia in flesh.”

Selam Haile, 29, an Ethiopian student in Pretoria-South Africa, calls Shambel Belayneh a singing Nightingale who pours out a thrilling melody that leaves a lasting joy in the heart.

Although some “Azmaries” inadvertently get the credit, Shambel Belayneh is the only patriotic singer who never tried to wheedle Ethiopians in to accepting brutal repression and slavery in the past 24 years.

A born revolutionary and selfless patriot, Shambel is not a tiresome pedagogue, singing about yester year Ethiopia and yester year greats only. He fearlessly magnifies our current magnificent sons and daughters, immortalises those who watered the trees of freedom with their precious blood.

We all know that music powerfully touches our lives. It moves, enchants energizes and heals us. But it can also jar and twist us, filling the heart and the mind with gloomy thoughts, distracting us and saturating our thinking with undesirable propaganda. I remember how a certain singer we Ethiopians have unutterable love for, recently gave us an immoral song called “Gomen Betena”. The unforgettable trash was a direct call on ordinary Ethiopians to just eat cabbage in peace rather than fight the ruling elite to get some nutritious luxuries. As cadre singer, the man was clearly trying to press upon our consciousness that the regime currently ruling Ethiopia is undefeatable. He further advocated through his song that we should not rebel against the system but settle into depressed complacency.

In the past 24 years, we have seen a plethora of Ethiopian artists, who wholeheartedly fought tyranny through their music giving up and surrendering to the rulers. They flew home after striking dodgy deals with feared TPLF agents.

However, shortly after landing in Addis, they were deplorably used as well- oiled ethnocentric propaganda machinery which guerrilla- markets hatred and ethnic disharmony in the Ethiopian society. –A deserved job for being led by their avarice and betraying their principles.

No wonder some so-called “traitor-artists” incurred the wrath of this sunshine patriot Shambel Belayneh. During his recent fundraising concert in the US, Shambel mocked and belittled singer-turned cadre, Solomon Tekalign, calling him the dog of TPLF shadow propaganda minister Bereket Simeon; – “ Solomon Tekalign ye Bereket wusha.”

As much as he is meek, convivial or as those close to him say, an Angel with temperance and humility virtues, no one stands before Shambel Belayneh when he is pissed off. Once this writer was at the receiving end of his red-hot rage for not delivering the Masinko to his hotel room on time. The next day he accepted my sincere apology with mischievous smile but kept drivelling on about it for hours. “Respect the folk music magnate and he will respect you back” am told by his producer, Daniel.

Nonetheless, given how he has been treated by the Diaspora for the past two decades, the hardship he had to endure in the name of Ethiopiawenet, at times struggling to keep the wolf from the door, the man who seems betrothed to his beloved Ethiopia for eternity, doesn’t rage at the injustice of life in exile. Even when i pressed him to say more, he was outwardly calm and betrayed no sign of discomposure; an unparalleled hero in almost every aspect with unmatched resilience and courage.

When below-average, mammon worshiping singers got their reward for praising tyranny and ethnic apartheid, Shambel Belayneh, the rock, refused to sell his soul and chose to suffer for the sake of Ethiopia. He rejected the millions dangled before him to join the club of immoral millionaires with the contempt it deserved.

Hence life in the US hasn’t been rags to riches for Shambel Belayneh as in the writings of novelist Horatio Alger Jr. Instead, it was a transition from relative obscurity to an instant fame as symbol of resistance, with his star shining hundred times brighter than any other artist of our time.

We Ethiopians fondly remember how Shambel Belayneh burst onto the scene several moons ago, straight from the mountain- top Eden of northern highlands. Who will forget how his folk music masterpiece titled “ye Zenaye” came cascading down like the mighty waters of Geon from the majestic mountains of Abyssinia. In that memorable song of two melodies of one tapestry, the young shepherd likened a certain drop-dead gorgeous girl (probably his boyhood sweetheart) to the sweet-smelling tropical plant called Demakese, a natural remedy for cold and frostbite.

“Ende Demakese medhanit neberch”… was a jewel among Shambel’s other lilting and rhythmic songs that would never fade away from our memory. What a blessing was that he picked Masinko rather than the flute, normally associated with the romantic names of Abyssinian shepherds.

However, currently, Ethiopians are imploring him for more patriotic songs as the struggle for freedom moves to another level.

“Tekebresh yenorshew babatochachin dem,
Enat Ethiopia yedefereh yewdem.”-

Is on everyone’s lips from New York and Johannesburg all the way to the Eritrean desert, our new home. We have got our war and the freedom train is in motion. We are heading north to join PG-7 and our commander-in-chief, his Excellency Prof Berhanu Nega, whom we affectionately call the “desert fox”.

We salute you Shambel Belayneh and kings to you. We shall never forget you and the battle cry is reverberating……

“Ere fano fano, ere fano fano,
Fano des yelegnal sitatek maleda,
Yemiabela meslo yemeshegn engida.
Ende kola wef-ende grissa….
Yarefew libe degmo tenessa.
Ke guawedenoghu mata yeteleye
Ende atbya kokeb sinega taye
Ere fano fano…ere fano fano.”

Shambel Belayneh - 01 - Amogesut ende (6:07)
Shambel Belayneh - 02 - Ye-guragae qonjo (5:36)
Shambel Belayneh - 03 - Adis nesh ahunim (7:18)
Shambel Belayneh - 04 - Oromo degu (4:34)
Shambel Belayneh - 05 - Zimidina qere ende (6:18)
Shambel Belayneh - 06 - Ethiopia (4:52)
Shambel Belayneh - 07 - Metach kebahir dar (4:55)
Shambel Belayneh - 08 - Ke-and minch new (6:29)
Shambel Belayneh - 09 - Alegnitaye (5:19)
Shambel Belayneh - 10 - Chewataw yijemer (5:23)
Shambel Belayneh - 11 - Dire lay balechiw (4:50)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Demere Legesse - Best Traditional Songs [ethiopia]

       Demere Legesse was born on February 19, 1969 from his father Legesse Tesema Bilhate and his mother Debre Beshah Ayele. He was born in Agarfa, Bale in a small town called Galema Hebeno. He attended grade 1 up to 6 in Galema Hebeno Sefera Mender School, 7 and 8 in Agarfa Melestegna Primery School, 9 and 10 Batu Terara Secondary School, 11 and 12 in Addis Abeba Nifas Silk and Maremiya Betoch School.

     In February 8, 1987 he traveled to Addis Ababa and employed as a police officer in Maremiya Betoch. After 6 month military technical course in Aleltu he was introduced as a vocalist in Maremiya Police Orchestra. After working for 14 years from 1987 to 2001 in Maremiya Police Orchestra he formed his own music band named DL Band. He handled numerous music concerts and matrimonial festival for bride and bridegroom in Ethiopia and for those who come from America, Canada, Europe, Australia and different countries.

Demere Legesse - Awdamet

      Demere is one of the members of Yellow Page which is Ethiopian musicians community. He has a great roll in Ethiopian musical industry of wedding and culture. As a mater of fact he presented cultural and nuptial music such as Kana Zgelila (Special Church Song), Melkam Kelebet (Reggae Style Nuptial Music), Awddeamet 2001, Awddeamet 2003, Kotu Malo, Sendelewa, Burtukkee, and others.

    Back in Maremiya Betoch Orchestra, Demere found his soul mate Etenesh Girma Bogale and married in March 18, 1990. One year later they have their first baby Nathnael in May 1991, the second baby Abel in October 1996 and the third Rodas in August 2008. And now Demere has 3 children and 3 houses plus personal band.

Demere’s discography:

In 1996 his first wedding album – Mirt Yeserg Zefenoch (Best Wedding Music)
In 1997 second modern album - Taxi
In 2000 third Amharic cultural album – Mirt Yebahl Zefenoch (Best Cultural Music)
In 2001 forth album contains nationality and wedding records – Des Yilal
In 2004 fifth Amharic cultural album - Wegen Alegn
In 2008 sixth wedding album - Kana Zegelila
In 2009 seventh Oromifa Album - Oromummaa

Demere Legesse - 01 - Yitayal (Minjar) (5:12)
Demere Legesse - 02 - Netihima (Oromigna) (5:40)
Demere Legesse - 03 - Shebela (Gojam) (5:42)
Demere Legesse - 04 - Almuleli (Guragigna) (4:46)
Demere Legesse - 05 - Balezina (Gonder) (5:21)
Demere Legesse - 06 - Emebete (5:39)
Demere Legesse - 07 - Sendelewa (Wollo) (6:29)
Demere Legesse - 08 - Kotu Mallo (Oromigna) (6:56)
Demere Legesse - 09 - Yimechalu (Harer Dere) (6:38)
Demere Legesse - 10 - Awdamet (6:16)
Demere Legesse - 11 - Wogen Alegn (5:12)
Demere Legesse - 12 - Mareye (6:33)

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)