Blogtrotters

Showing posts with label punk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label punk. Show all posts

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Ex + Fendika - [2015] - Lale Guma-Addis Hum [nl+eth]











       The Ex are an underground band from the Netherlands that formed in 1979 at the height of the original punk explosion. Initially known as an anarcho-punk band, they have since released over 20 full-length albums of musical experiments and numerous collaborations blending punk and free jazz with styles of folk music from all over the world.






The Ex - Lale Guma (Aha Begena, አሀ በገና)




The Ex + Fendika - 01 - Lale Guma (4:43)
The Ex + Fendika - 02 - Addis Hum (5:25)



Saturday, December 26, 2015

uKanDanZ - Lantchi Biyé / Endè Iyèrusalèm [7''] [2014] [france-ethiopia]










       uKanDanZ ... a unique style, an unusual meeting between an electric quartet and Asnake Guebreyes, charismatic lead singer originates from the vibrant music scene in Addis Abeba. 

          Their music is inspired by traditional and popular Ethiopian songs. uKanDanZ has a real crunch energy. Between rock, jazz, noise... 

With impertinence, they rock it wildly. Without compromise. Guitar, saxophone, bass, drums and vocals shuffle our bearings. 

What a pleasure! The stage presence of uKanDanZ swings alternately between energy and emotion... then the public, transcended, dances and shivers.




uKanDanZ - Endè Iyèrusalèm
Rock In Opposition festival 2015, 18/09/2015



uKanDanZ 1 - Lantchi Biyé 04:26

uKanDanZ2 - Endè Iyèrusalèm 04:09





Damien Cluzel - Guitar
Asnaque Guebreyes - Vocals 
Lionel Martin - Sax
Guilhem Meier - Drums

Benoit Lecomte - Bass



Friday, May 9, 2014

Getatchew Mekuria - 4 video clips [ethiopia]


   R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   







1. Getatchew Mekuria - intro the convoy tour dvd (4:13)
2. Getatchew Mekuria - the ex & getatchew mekuria (7:06)
3. Getatchew Mekuria - the ex & han bennink in ziway, ethiopia (5:47)
4. Getatchew Mekuria - the ex at lincoln center, part 1 (3:55)





Thursday, January 23, 2014

Trio Kazanchis - Amaratch Musica [2012]





        The Trio Kazanchis manages to produce a hi-energy mix which finds it's roots in ethiopian groove, having traditional melodies and songs as a starting point. However they can as easily follow a melodic line and traditional rhythm as drop it and letting the dynamics of the moment decide. 




      Improvisation, a hardly known angle in traditional Ethiopian music, plays a substantial part. The sometimes Hendrix like krar mixes great with the pure farfisa sound, Wyatt resonant, and Fabien's forward drumming style. 



        These three musicians already succesfully explored their common musical interests on stage in January 2009 in Addis. 




1. Trio Kazanchis - Nanu nanu ney (7:47)
2. Trio Kazanchis - Hay loga (3:41)
3. Trio Kazanchis - Bertukane (4:16)
4. Trio Kazanchis - Ayne hulgize yesasaleshal (5:15)
5. Trio Kazanchis - Ende eyerusalem (5:10)
6. Trio Kazanchis - Rumba amhara tche belew (6:39)
7. Trio Kazanchis - Qeddus mekina (6:13)
8. Trio Kazanchis - Etetu beredegn (8:40)



 Personnel: 


Jeroen Visser   (vocals, baritone saxophone, 
farfisa, organ)

Fabien Duscombs    (vocals, drums)
Mèssèlè Asmamaw   (krar, vocals)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Ex - Ethiopia Tour 2004 [with Han Bennink]







         Formed in 1979, The Ex has developed over the years into a melting-pot of diverse musical styles: noise, rock, jazz, improvisation, and ethnic musics have been interweaved under one unique umbrella: “Ex-music”. Discordant, highly rhythmic guitars, the rolling, almost African drumming style, and the intense delivery of the often ironic lyrics give the music of The Ex its special character.






       So far, in almost 30 years, The Ex has played 1371 concerts all over Europe, North America and Africa, and released over 20 albums. Never pigeon-holed into one of pop music’s corny corners, The Ex is continuously in development, and always open for new ideas and collaborations with people of all kinds, people whose spirit inspires and appeals to the group. 

       The main principle remains; to make music with heart and soul, out of reach of commercial trends or expectations. The consequent independent approach of the group and the manner in which they organize their concerts and release and distribute their records themselves, has set a significant example for the alternative music circuit.



1. The Ex - Mesak Esekalhu [Tilahun Gessesse] (5:19)
2. The Ex - Eayu Leyu (6:07)
3. The Ex - Tezeta (6:50)
4. The Ex - Belomi Benna (4:25)
5. The Ex - Goben (7:08)
6. The Ex - Dink Naw (3:28)
7. The Ex - Laley Guma [Aha Begena] (7:41)



Friday, September 13, 2013

Trio Kazanchis - Live [Ethio Event 20.11.2009 at the OCCII]





          Ethiopian groove and roots with a European improv/punk touch. This powerful trio features Mèssèlè Asmamaw and his suave voice and funky, Hendrix-style krar (traditional Ethiopian lyre), the acknowledged drummer Fabien Duscombs of Le Tigre (des Platanes) fame, and the multi-instrumentalist Jeroen Visser, who hails from the Dutch punk scene of the 1980s.





        The Trio Kazanchis manages to produce a hi-energy mix which finds it's roots in ethiopian groove, having traditional melodies and songs as a starting point. However they can as easily follow a melodic line and traditional rhythm as drop it and letting the dynamics of the moment decide. Improvisation, a hardly known angle in traditional Ethiopian music, plays a substantial part. The sometimes Hendrix like krar mixes great with the pure farfisa sound, Wyatt resonant, and Fabien's forward drumming style. 



       After the compilation of the album Ethiopiques by Frances Falceto which helped bind Ethiopian music of the 50’s and 60’s together, bands comprising a mix of Ethiopian and foreigner musicians have become common, over the last ten years.

       These bands have one or two foreigners as band members, and do their music by fusing Ethiopian songs and beats.

      Akale Wube, a French band, for instance, plays Ethiopian music by fusing it with different sounds. 

        Jazzmaries (a blend of Jazz and Azmaries), and Ukandanz play songs with only the vocal being Ethiopian. 

       Kazanchis band which also fuses Ethiopian music with different sounds and foreign instruments falls in that category. 




       Fusing old Ethiopian music with funk and rock, they label their music as ‘Ethiopian traditional Impro punk’ giving alternative style for Ethiopian songs such as Muluken Melesse’s famous song ‘Nanu Nanu Ney’ and songs like ‘Etutu Beredegn.



   Touring Ethiopia between January 6 and 25 2011., the trio presented their performance at various venues such as Guramyle, Fendika, and Alliance Ethio-Franciase, in Addis Ababa, including in Nazareth and Awassa. They are also scheduled to perform in different cities of the country.



    The band was established in 2009. by Mesele and Jeroen. They were joined later by Fabien to form the band Kazanchis with their first gig as a band in Kazanchis.



    The band, based in Switzerland, has performed on international stages, including France, Holland, Belgium, Prague, and the Check Republic. They also took part in different festivals. 


   When they first started, three of them came up with their individual collection and did their own recordings. They also researched on how they should play, according to Mesele.


   “Even if they knew the music it was a bit difficult to internalize. But playing Ethiopian music before establishing this band wasn’t difficult to catch up,” explains Messele.






       Messele says the kirar, the traditional music instrument gave their music a unique sound and says proudly that the feedback so far has been a blessing in a short period of time.  



     On the band’s performance outside Addis, Messele had his own reservations when it comes to the response they received from the audience, especially Awassa and Nazareth, where the band received acclamation.



         He said he found the response unexpected. “Sometimes, there is an assumption on the understanding of the music. Addis has exposure for these kinds of fusions but I had my doubts when it comes to the other cities but it was unexpected for us,” Messele said.







        Whenever they play on the stage, Mesele and his partners improvise the music, experiment with different songs and, create new sounds and give flavor to the old Ethiopian music.



    “Improvising on the stage is not easy. There should be a clear understanding on what’s going on, and I think we have that understanding. So it’s easy to do what we want and we were able to not to repeat what we played yesterday,” comments Mesele.



       Mesele says the band is promoting Ethiopian music internationally and also reviving the lost sounds of Ethiopian music to the younger generation.

  
     With encouraging feedback from music lovers so far, Messele sees a good prospect for the band in the future.


    “The feedback has been really great and we are asked to play in different countries like Turkey, Spain and Portugal. So we will see how it goes,” Messele said.




 Personnel: 


Jeroen Visser   (vocals, baritone saxophone, 
farfisa, organ)

Fabien Duscombs    (vocals, drums)
Mèssèlè Asmamaw   (krar, vocals)