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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Aster Aweke - Kabu [1989] [ethiopia]





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       This Ethiopian beauty's Aster and Kabu albums show why she’s sometimes been dubbed the “African Aretha Franklin.”





                                                     

Aster Aweke - Tchewata






        There’s no mistaking Aster Aweke’s primary influences. Listen, for example, to her early ’90s albums Aster and Kabu, with their Memphis-style horn section, soulful keyboards and crackling drums, and it’s immediately apparent why she’s sometimes been dubbed the “African Aretha Franklin.” Lady Soul, along with the Godfather, James Brown, and vocally versatile jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, loom largely in her roots, her deep R&B/funk groove a reminder that bridges are meant to be crossed. Aweke doesn’t leave the traditional behind by any means; she respects it, she draws from it, but she’s never beholden to it.


       And then there’s that voice, as supple and mystifying an instrument as has ever been. Simultaneously tamed and wild, its flights of fancy are wondrous things. You can’t help but be awed.

      Aweke was born in Gondar, Ethiopia, some time between the late ’50s and 1961, depending on which account you believe. She grew up in the capital city of Addis Ababa and began singing as a teen, working with several groups, most notably the Roha Band. As Ethiopia entered a period of unrest following the death of iconic leader Haile Selassie, Aweke left for the United States. She became increasingly popular within the Ethiopian community in the States, performing in restaurants and clubs, particularly in her adopted home of Washington, D.C., one of the largest Ethiopian expat communities in the country.












    Aweke signed to the small Triple Earth label in 1989, and the two aforementioned albums were then picked up by Columbia Records, which had high hopes for her commercial potential in the West. The sales didn’t pan out but Aweke has continued to record and tour—her 1995 Live In London CD is an excellent primer that displays her charismatic appeal to the fullest.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Aster Aweke - Ebo [1993] [ethiopia]





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Aster Aweke - Ebo










1. Aster Aweke - Minu Tenekana (6:04)
2. Aster Aweke - Ebo (8:02)
3. Aster Aweke - Yale Sime (7:04)
4. Aster Aweke - Yene Konjo (6:53)
5. Aster Aweke - Bale Garie (6:34)
6. Aster Aweke - Esti Lnurbet (6:43)
7. Aster Aweke - Yewah Libane (8:13)
8. Aster Aweke - Ashe Weyina (6:07)




Gete Aneley - Chebel Lebe [2004] [ethiopia]




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1. Gete Aneley - Ayenama (9:08)
2. Gete Aneley - Ambassel (6:03)
3. Gete Aneley - Yemnejar Leje (7:53)
4. Gete Aneley - Megalo Wello (6:27)
5. Gete Aneley - Agerre Gonder (7:57)
6. Gete Aneley - Derbabey (6:11)
7. Gete Aneley - Chebel Lebe (5:02)
8. Gete Aneley - Aya Belew (5:45)
9. Gete Aneley - Hole (5:19)




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Elisabet Teshome - Buzuye Vol. 1 [A Tribute to Bezunesh Bekele] [2016] [ethiopia]















Elisabet Teshome - Menotan Man Yawekal






Elisabet Teshome - 01 - Felagota (3:18)
Elisabet Teshome - 02 - Men Neber (3:38)
Elisabet Teshome - 03 - Be Birr Ayegezam (4:49)
Elisabet Teshome - 04 - Men Bedelkut Menew (5:28)
Elisabet Teshome - 05 - Kal Kedan Teresto (4:52)
Elisabet Teshome - 06 - Menotan Man Yawekal (4:41)
Elisabet Teshome - 07 - Yecenkenal (4:45)
Elisabet Teshome - 08 - Aywetanem Kefu Negere (4:58)
Elisabet Teshome - 09 - Satmot Endat Lalks (4:55)
Elisabet Teshome - 10 - Semen Salnsaw (5:20)
Elisabet Teshome - 11 - Bsensl Lekbeb (6:08)
Elisabet Teshome - 12 - Ayasayen Cenkune (5:39)
Elisabet Teshome - 13 - Addis Fiker (3:52)
Elisabet Teshome - 14 - Sentune Ayew Bante (4:45)






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Abebe Teka - Sew Tiru + bonus [ethiopia]




   with generous help of Adam Wole   









       Abebe Teka was introduced to music at an early age. Born and raised in Gondar, Ethiopia, Teka’s career began in the mid ‘80s with the Army Band. As a budding artist he left the countryside to tour in the capital city, Addis Abeba, with the famous Medina and Savanes bands

        His first recording ‘Sew’ was released in 1996. Three years later, he settled in Washington DC and quickly connected with the Ethiopian music scene playing at Dukem, Roha, Dynasty, 2K9 and other local venues. He has toured extensively in Europe with several other noted Ethiopian singers including Abonesh, Hana Shenkute, and Hibist.







Abebe Teka - Meche New





Abebe Teka - 01 - Sew Tiru (6:14)
Abebe Teka - 02 - Agerewa Wedia Mado (5:16)
Abebe Teka - 03 - Bey Kalresashign (6:54)
Abebe Teka - 04 - Wefitu (6:22)
Abebe Teka - 05 - Amognal (5:04)
Abebe Teka - 06 - Meche New (6:24)
Abebe Teka - 07 - Lalagegnat New Wey (5:19)
Abebe Teka - 08 - Aresashignim (7:20)
Abebe Teka - 09 - Besigat Kereme (6:48)
Abebe Teka - 10 - Kelebet (4:45)
Abebe Teka - 11 - Ya-Sudan (7:05)
Abebe Teka - 12 - Gojo Yikir (6:35)
Abebe Teka - 13 - Mela Yelew Mela (5:19)
Abebe Teka - 14 - Emu Ney (5:06)
Abebe Teka - 15 - Yet Yegegnal (5:48)



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)




Saturday, February 25, 2017

Seble Solomon - Kalehubet [2001] [ethiopia]












Seble Solomon




Seble Solomon - 01 - Yelijenete (5:36)
Seble Solomon - 02 - Kalehubet (6:03)
Seble Solomon - 03 - Mok Yelegnal (6:06)
Seble Solomon - 04 - Bet Yiquterew (8:11)
Seble Solomon - 05 - Yebekagnal (5:29)
Seble Solomon - 06 - Negabita / Dewako (8:17)
Seble Solomon - 07 - Akorah wey (5:26)
Seble Solomon - 08 - Min Derese Antega (5:26)
Seble Solomon - 09 - Selam (4:17)
Seble Solomon - 10 - Iskemeche (5:14)
Seble Solomon - 11 - Tematsigne (4:43)
Seble Solomon - 12 - Ke Shegawoch Ager (6:23)


Monday, February 20, 2017

Ada Kassaye - Yamral [2009] [ethiopia]











         Born 34 years ago in Adama, an Ethiopian city also known as Nazret, Ada Kassaye came to Oakland 15 years back to join her mother and several of her brothers and sisters. She first attracted attention in Northern California’s large Ethiopian community through her effusive dancing at cultural events and is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of such Ethiopian singers as Aster Aweke and Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw, both of whom lived in the Bay Area prior to finding international fame.






Ada Kassaye - Yamral 





           Many of the songs on “Yamral” reflect Kassaye’s homesickness for Ethiopia. She has been back twice since moving to California and hopes to return soon in the wake of her CD release. Family members in Ethiopia, she says, “called me and told me, ‘I heard you on the radio today.’”
“I’m happy,” she adds. “The door is open for me.”





Ada Kassaye - 01 - Agebagn (5:15)
Ada Kassaye - 02 - Ya Gobez (5:05)
Ada Kassaye - 03 - Hagere (5:39)
Ada Kassaye - 04 - Yamral (4:37)
Ada Kassaye - 05 - Baschalegn (4:26)
Ada Kassaye - 06 - Adama (4:24)
Ada Kassaye - 07 - Berena gebere (4:50)
Ada Kassaye - 08 - Min yishalegnal (5:00)
Ada Kassaye - 09 - Enate (5:23)
Ada Kassaye - 10 - Yemesgen (4:29)
Ada Kassaye - 11 - Madi shishay (5:30)
Ada Kassaye - 12 - Lemeles (3:02)



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ejigayehu 'Gigi' Shibabaw - Illuminated audio [2003] [ethiopia]





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Gigi - Illuminated Audio (full album) 





01. Gigi - Abay (5:20)
02. Gigi - Tew Ante Sew (4:22)
03. Gigi - Mengedegna (5:35)
04. Gigi - Kahn (3:49)
05. Gigi - Sew Argen (5:19)
06. Gigi - Nafeken (5:25)
07. Gigi - Abet Wubet (4:09)
08. Gigi - Guramayle (4:29)
09. Gigi - Gud Fella (5:35)
10. Gigi - Guramayle (slight return) (2:39)

   bonus track   

11. Youtopia Feat Gigi - Zomaye (Vocal House Mix) (8:37)  (bonus track)











Monday, February 6, 2017

Chachi Tadesse - I am An African [2007] [ethiopia]











       Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Chachi Tadesse has used her roots to grow an international music career. At the age of 16 Chachi joined a well known Ethiopian cover-band, touring extensively while building her musical skills and fan base. In 1982 Chachi moved to the USA, taking classes in Music, acting and modeling and touring extensively with reggae artists.








Chachi Tadesse - I am An African




       While living in the U.S. Chachi recorded er first album, combining Amharic lyrics with Reggae beats to create a unique and sought after sound. Following the success of her first album, Chachi joined forces with Dallol, Ziggy Marley's former band, to tour the U.S. and the Caribbean. In the late 1990's Chachi teamed up with producer Clive Hunt at the famous Kariang Studios in Jamaica to produce a collaborative album with some of the biggest names in Raggea.

       Over the years Chachi has become a pop icon not only in Ethiopia but across Africa and its diaspora. She has appeared at large international music festivals including Reggae on the River and the Bob Marley Birthday Festival in Jamaica. In Ethiopia her 'I am an African' concert at Meskel square brought upwards of 40,000 attendees.




Chachi Tadesse - 01 - I am An African (7:46)
Chachi Tadesse - 02 - Happy Song (4:57)
Chachi Tadesse - 03 - I am An African (remix) (6:52)
Chachi Tadesse - 04 - Abbaba Janhoy (4:08)
Chachi Tadesse - 05 - Hungry Children (1:58)
Chachi Tadesse - 06 - Sad Situation (5:38)
Chachi Tadesse - 07 - H.I.M. Haile Selassie (5:05)
Chachi Tadesse - 08 - One Day (5:25)
Chachi Tadesse - 09 - Smile Ethiopia (3:58)
Chachi Tadesse - 10 - Yeandiyosh Alem (5:12)




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Taddalaa Gammachuu - Qannet Lafa Bahe [2006] [ethiopia]













Taddalaa Gammachuu - Qannet Lafa Bahe




Taddalaa Gammachuu - 01 - Ayyaana Hoggaa (5:28)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 02 - Shurrubbitii (6:29)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 03 - Ayiishaa Qalloo (5:34)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 04 - Qonnet Lafa Bahe (6:58)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 05 - Kotuu Bari (5:17)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 06 - Siiyeetoo (7:13)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 07 - Kulle Tiyaa (5:18)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 08 - Ashaawalatoo (5:53)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 09 - Abbabeetoo (4:37)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 10 - Akoormatuugira (5:57)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 11 - Jiirta (5:09)
Taddalaa Gammachuu - 12 - Hunda Nagaafadhu (5:27)





Friday, January 6, 2017

Bethelhem Dagnachew - Shiw Shiw [2004] [ethiopia]



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01. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Alchalkum (5:01)
02. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Chal Chal Yenie Fiker (4:55)
03. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Degmoh Naynie Metah (6:22)
04. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Eibo (5:05)
05. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Geday Neh (4:41)
06. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Kedamie Gebeya (5:07)
07. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Kelebeh Kehone (5:33)
08. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Menem Baymesleh (4:46)
09. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Shew Shew Bagerachen (5:35)
10. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Tew Lantem Aybej (5:36)
11. Bethelhem Dagnachew - Yefiker Abazie (5:17)






Thursday, January 5, 2017

Monica Sisay - Tey Atemign [2004] [ethiopia]




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01. Monica Sisay - Yewelo Lj (6:07)
02. Monica Sisay - Tey Atmign (4:19)
03. Monica Sisay - Shekshk (6:29)
04. Monica Sisay - Yehywet Itaye (5:39)
05. Monica Sisay - Fkre Temkakren (5:30)
06. Monica Sisay - Alemawek (4:20)
07. Monica Sisay - Lelas Aynetkegnm (4:55)
08. Monica Sisay - Hasabe Kantenew (5:27)
09. Monica Sisay - Tew Debabsew (5:54)
10. Monica Sisay - Yalante Aydelagnm (5:28)
11. Monica Sisay - Lbh Lela Lemdo (6:15)
12. Monica Sisay - Yawu Tegegntoal (6:06)





Friday, December 16, 2016

Lali Habesha - Lali Habesha [Binyham Aseffa & Teferi Negash] [2013] [ethiopia]















Lali Habesha






Binyham Aseffa & Teferi Negash - 01 - Yaba Bolewo (5:08)
Teferi Negash - 02 - Endalsemash (3:54)
Binyham Aseffa - 03 - Betesema (3:59)
Teferi Negash - 04 - Selam New (4:25)
Binyham Aseffa - 05 - Demo Andande (4:17)
Teferi Negash - 06 - Ye Ethiopia Lij (5:09)
Binyham Aseffa - 07 - Adelegn (5:18)
Teferi Negash - 08 - Marefiyaye (5:19)
Binyham Aseffa - 09 - Zaleyewa (4:24)
Teferi Negash - 10 - Kaqaten (4:45)
Binyham Aseffa - 11 - Alqerem (4:07)
Teferi Negash - 12 - Endemiwedesh (4:09)
Binyham Aseffa - 13 - Altaweqegnm (4:52)
Teferi Negash - 14 - Bale Garew (4:28)
Binyham Aseffa - 15 - Qalen Alatfewum (4:17)