Saturday, November 3, 2018
Monday, October 8, 2018
Mesele Asmamaw (krar) is a composer and arranger from Ethiopia.
He joined the music industry for the past 20 years, and released many albums and traveled throughout Europe and Africa performing the traditional music of Ethiopia.
In the last eight years, he has been a favorite guest of the influential punk band called The EX, and he has recorded several albums with the experimental Norwegian drummer Paal Nillson-Love. Also, he toured and recorded with his experimental rock group Trio Kazanches and worked extensively with Mulatu Astatke, both in the studio and on stage. Mesele uses several interesting techniques in band Qwanqwa, including a wahpedal, a distortion pedal, a coke bottle and a plastic tube.
Mesele Asmamaw - Lelitu Alnega Ale
Mesele Asmamaw - 01 - Minew Ene, Sekota (8:29)
Mesele Asmamaw - 02 - Yehager Fikir, Zeraf (7:27)
Mesele Asmamaw - 03 - Lele (Guragena) (4:53)
Mesele Asmamaw - 04 - Wein Abeba,Tiz Alegn (7:37)
Mesele Asmamaw - 05 - Damaye (4:49)
Mesele Asmamaw - 06 - Shegeye, Kemekem (11:02)
Mesele Asmamaw - 07 - Hailaloye (Tigrigna) (5:30)
Mesele Asmamaw - 08 - Yagere Lij (6:43)
Mesele Asmamaw - 09 - Yashirishire (5:17)
Mesele Asmamaw - 10 - Yalew Gelel (4:40)
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Genet Masresha - Wushet Alewodem
Selamnesh Zemene - 02 - Bayew Bayew (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (5:33)
Genet Masresha - 03 - Gojam Yimechew (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew (6:26)
Genet Masresha - 04 - Sew Besint Yigezal (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (4:42)
Selamnesh Zemene - 05 - Meray (feat. Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (6:20)
Selamnesh Zemene - 06 - Yegonder Lij (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (6:12)
Genet Masresha - 07 - Dire (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (6:10)
Selamnesh Zemene - 08 - Minhonkbign (feat. Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (5:51)
Selamnesh Zemene - 09 - Korahu (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (5:21)
Genet Masresha - 10 - Desta Mefeleg (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (6:25)
Genet Masresha - 11 - Shewa (Minjar) (6:31)
Genet Masresha - 12 - Gerado (Wello) (feat. Elsa, Seniet, Tigabu & Selamsew) (5:47)
Genet Masresha - 13 - Sidet (5:45)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
R E U P L O A D
Tadesse Alemu - Ethiopia
01. Tadesse Alemu - Gedaye (4:58)
02. Tadesse Alemu - Munanye (6:22)
03. Tadesse Alemu - Aynuma (6:28)
04. Tadesse Alemu - Festal (5:12)
05. Tadesse Alemu - Shewa Laye (5:42)
06. Tadesse Alemu - Wello (4:46)
07. Tadesse Alemu - Alamebere (5:11)
08. Tadesse Alemu - Kebeto (6:46)
09. Tadesse Alemu - Nunuye (4:43)
10. Tadesse Alemu - Guayla (5:17)
11. Tadesse Alemu - Neybera (7:03)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
v.a. -  - Ethiopian Popular and Folk Music (Bezunesh, Tlahoun, Bahta Gebrehiwot, Menelik Wessanechew) [ethiopia]
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Here is another reel of radio recordings from the horn of Africa. This reel was compiled by Ato Girma Zande, the music librarian of Radio Ethiopia back in the late 1960s (my guess is 1966-67). As you have surely read in the Ethiopiques liner notes (essential reading on Ethiopian music), the 1960s were a decade of musical ferment in Ethiopia. A decade of musical innovation and flux, foreshadowing the prolific early 1970s, the 'Golden Era' of Ethiopian popular music that has become a musical benchmark--akin to 1930s Harlem or 1980s Kingston--known to music lovers throughout the world.
This reel features five tracks by Bezunesh Bekele, including a 'traditional' version of 'Ere Mela Mela' as well as a live recording, three short and wonderful tracks by Bahta Gebrehiwot, three by Tilahoun Gessesse, the greatest Ethiopian singer of the Golden Age, and four lovely cuts by Menelik Wessenachew. These singers are accompanied by the great orchestras of the decade, the Ras Band, the Imperial Bodyguard Orchestra and the Haile Selassie Orchestra. The reel starts with four tracks of 'traditional' music, featuring, in particular, two lovely songs from Tigre and Shoa province.
Bezunesh Bekele - Hizb le Hizb
I recorded these tracks straight from the master reel to CD. This is an old reel and some of the tracks are a little wobbly. I have left the tracks in the order that Ato Zande dubbed them and I have not fiddled with the sound, no noise reduction, filtering, or eq.
Ethiopian Popular and Folk Music (Tracks prepared by Ato Girma Zande, Music Librarian, Radio Ethiopia)
I don't think any of these tracks are on the many reissues of classic Ethiopian music that have been released in the last twenty years. Don't hesitate to point out releases that I may have missed or to share what you know about these recordings.
The first picture is taken from a Menelik Wessanachew record sleeve and the second from a Bahta Gibrehewot sleeve. Enjoy.
Bezunesh Bekele - 02 - Era Mela Mela (3:38)
Uncredited - 03 - Mandjar (from Shoa Province) (3:21)
Uncredited - 04 - Temesgen (from Tigre) (5:45)
Bahta Gibre-Hewot with Ras Band - 05 - Anchem Indela (3:33)
Bahta Gibre-Hewot with Ras Band - 06 - Tar New (1:17)
Bahta Gibre-Hewot with Ras Band - 07 - Ine Nenj Woy Monj (2:50)
Bahta Gibre-Hewot with Ras Band - 08 - Ene Metch Alkuna (2:22)
Bezunesh Bekele & Imperial Body Guard Orchestra - 09 - Ere Keyete Meta (2:58)
Bezunesh Bekele & Imperial Body Guard Orchestra - 10 - Ante Temeta Ene (live) (2:28)
Bezunesh Bekele & Imperial Body Guard Orchestra - 11 - Yaleb Lay Esat (5:59)
Bezunesh Bekele & Imperial Body Guard Orchestra - 12 - Kante Gara Lehun (2:25)
Telahun Gessesse - 13 - Satwadenj Wodeyet (4:18)
Telahun Gessesse - 14 - Ere Min Yeshalengal (2:22)
Telahun Gessesse - 15 - Feker Lebichaye (4:10)
Menelik Wossenachew & Haile Selassie Orchestra - 16 - Yayne Alem (3:41)
Menelik Wossenachew & Haile Selassie Orchestra - 17 - Tez Teyengalesh (3:55)
Menelik Wossenachew & Haile Selassie Orchestra - 18 - Almaz Eyasebbhush (4:40)
Menelik Wossenachew & Haile Selassie Orchestra - 19 - Yehagre Tezeta (2:23)
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Petites Planètes - NOW ETHIOPIA • A morning over Dorzé [polyphonic singings from the south]  [ethiopia]
originally posted at : petitesplanetes.bandcamp.com
R E U P L O A D
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - ከቀትር በፊት አበባ (0:34)
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - ሕፃናት (1:16)
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - ዝኒ ከማሁ (1:14)
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - አፍሪካ (2:21)
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - ወፍራም ወተት (2:28)
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - እሽሩሩ መደማመጥ (2:21)
A MORNING OVER DORZÉ • polyphonic singings from the south - መሥራት ዘፈን (1:53)
in the village of Dorzé, southern Ethiopia
mixed by Florent Picollet
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Amaan Nyafaroo - 01 - Onnee Ijoollee Baalee (28:25)
Amaan Nyafaroo - 02 - Biyyi Ofii Haadha (1:15)
Amaan Nyafaroo - 03 - Du'aan Boodas Ta'uu (1:04)
Amaan Nyafaroo - 04 - Biyyee Fi Biyyakoo (40:58)
Amaan Nyafaroo - 05 - Ni Beeka Ni Beekta (1:25)
Amaan Nyafaroo - 06 - Si Boontuu Oromoo (1:24)
Amaan Nyafaroo - 07 - Eebbisaa Addunyaa (6:08)
Thursday, October 26, 2017
R E U P L O A D
Asnakech Worku or Asnaqètch Wèrqu: Krar player and poet
Asnaqetch Werqu was born an orphan who went on to become the first actress to appear on the Ethiopian stage. However, her musical talent garnered her attention that outshone her acting career in the National Theatre. Reportedly, she initially worked as an actress and dancer in the Haile Sellassie I theatre troupe and was actually the first woman to be part of this troupe. At an early age Asnaqetch taught herself to play the krar and eventually went on to become famous as a master of the krar (lyre) and a singer who was considered to be the last great storyteller to engage in the tradition of poetic jousting, following in the traditions of the Azmaris or artist caste.
A five (sometimes six) stringed lyre with a gut resonator, the krar was an ancient Ethiopian instrument frequently used by the Azmari or musician class. It has been said the the Japanese koto has a sound similar to that the krar. Azmari, can be male or female, and are skilled at singing spontaneous verses while playing the krar or masenqo (one-stringed fiddle). They play in drinking establishments known as 'tejbeit' that serve 'tej' (honey mead). They are also often invited to perform at private parties where they would improvise lyrics based on a theme suggested by the host. This poetic jousting not only relies improvisation but the art of poignant verses, wit, imagery and sarcastic puns.
Following Haile Selaissie's removal from office by the Derg in 1974, artists in Ethiopia were often forced underground to perform or had to attempt to create their music in a very hostile environment. This repressive regime slaughtered hundreds of thousands and fuelled subsequent unrest. Nevertheless a brief period of artistic freedom existed in the 70's between Selaissie's imperial rule and the military junta of the Derg.
The French label Buda Musique, was able to select 22 songs to compile an album for Volume 16 of the acclaimed Ethiopiques series - named The Lady With The Krar. These songs were chosen from two LPs recorded in 1974 and 1976. Buda Musique acquired them from their previously-acquired Kaifa Records archive (1973-77). Apparently, the first 12 songs on this album were released during the beginning of the revolutionary disorder and were banned almost immediately afterwards, as many records were simply taken off of store shelves. It didn't help that the krar was often regarded as a 'devil's instrument' by certain segments of the population.
Werqu's verses evoke epic tales and her love ballads are tinged with longing and melancholy. Surprisingly, during her time as an musician and actress, artists in general were frowned upon, and this was especially true for female ones. This contributed to many hardships and suffering in Werqu's life, which she often expressed in her music, as she recorded her struggles against the conventions of established society. Ironically enough, it is from the depths of this emotional angst that we see the emergence of a profound spiritual beauty that resonates with her 'serenely-emotional' vocals as they meld with the hypnotic melodies of the krar.
(born 1950) is an Ethiopian musician and singer, a master of the bèguèna.
Born in Entotta, near Addis Ababa, Alemu became interested in the begena (a ten-stringed member of the lute family, also known as "King David's Harp") at the age of twelve, when a master of the instrument moved in next door to his family, the Aleqa Tessema Welde-Emmanuel. Aleqa Tessema began teaching at Ras Desta school, where Alemu was a pupil. As well as studying the begena at school, Alemu carried his master's instrument to and from school, and thus benefited from more of Tessema's time.
He went on to study geography at Addis Ababa University, and after graduation went to work as a geography teacher at the Yared Music School, where for seven years he also taught begena. Alemu went on to become an acknowledged master of the instrument, first recorded in 1972 by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin for a major UNESCO collection, and performing and broadcasting around the world. In 1974, however, the Derg military junta came to power in Ethiopia; their anti-religious policies also included the banning of the begena from radio broadcasts, and the closing down of the Yared School's teaching of the instrument. As a result, Alemu Aga decided to give up his teaching post in 1980, and opened a souvenir shop in Addis Ababa's Piazza district.
For a time he played only in private, but the collapse of the Derg's régime led eventually to a change in state policy, and Alemu again began to teach and perform in public.
01. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Tizita (7:40)
02. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Arada (5:27)
03. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Ende Jerusalem (6:59)
04. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Mela Mela (6:18)
05. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Wogene (4:31)
06. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Abet Abet (6:30)
07. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Besmeab (12:39)
08. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Wanen (3:52)
09. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Yibelahala (3:04)
10. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Alayenim Belu (3:49)
11. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Girf (0:56)
12. Asnakech Worku/Alemu Aga - Selamta (12:30)
Sunday, October 15, 2017
R E U P L O A D
Christian Ethiopians living in the central north: the Tigre, Amhara, Gojjam, Begemdir and Simen, and the Shewa; the rest of the country, the plateau to the south, is occupied by the Galla tribes. The western frontiers of the country are populated by the Shanqella, the east is dominated by Moslem peoples (the Danakil, Issa and Somali), and the south by various populations regrouped under the term Gurage.
The musical traditions of Ethiopia reflect this diversity: Christian religious music, sung and danced by priests accompanied by drums and sistrums; the Jewish religious music of the Beta Israel ; the secular music of the Amhara and Tigre Christians; the religious and secular music of the Galla Moslems; and the innumerable vocal and instrumental forms of the southern populations. These traditions are not isolated, and they have tended to mutually influence each other.
Parallel to the classical poetry which sung at court or in the halls of the lords, a more colorful tradition developed, namely that of the azmari minstrels. This poetry in a more simple style is sung in Amharic or in Tigre.
The verses, often improvised or suggested by others, in which may be found abundance of metaphors and double meaning, but also irony and sarcasm, are most often accompanied on the masinqo bowed lute.
The voice, used in service to the texts, is displayed over a relatively wide range. Ornamentation and vibrato, voice timbre which becomes brassy in dramatic moments, the use of pentatonic scales: all these techniques clearly illustrate the relationship of this music to the Nilotic world. In addition, a strong and very ancient influence of Arabic culture is detectable, especially obvious in the occurrence of non-tempered intervals.
Fantahun Shewankochew - vocals and krar lyra
Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw - vocals
Wores G. Egziabher - masinqo bowed lute & vocals
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Ketema Mekonnen - Tizita
Ketema Mekonnen - 01 - Ambasel [with Massinko] (3:38)
Ketema Mekonnen - 02 - Ambasel [with Kirar] (4:40)
Ketema Mekonnen - 03 - Arada (3:28)
Ketema Mekonnen - 04 - Bati (2:53)
Ketema Mekonnen - 05 - Bemela Besebeb (3:09)
Ketema Mekonnen - 06 - Derbaba (3:21)
Ketema Mekonnen - 07 - Endegena (3:05)
Ketema Mekonnen - 08 - Ene Eshaleshalehu (2:40)
Ketema Mekonnen - 09 - Ere Endemin Alesh (1:05)
Ketema Mekonnen - 10 - Gedaye Gedaye (3:25)
Ketema Mekonnen - 11 - Layne Rakshebigne (3:23)
Ketema Mekonnen - 12 - Shemonmoanaye Wa (3:41)
Ketema Mekonnen - 13 - Tey Geday (3:17)
Ketema Mekonnen - 14 - Tizita [with Acordion] (3:54)
Ketema Mekonnen - 15 - Tizita [with Kirar] (3:18)
Ketema Mekonnen - 16 - Tizita [with Massinko] (6:43)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - Yewolo tizita
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 01 - Gende desi (4:56)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 02 - Yewelo tizeta (5:34)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 03 - Alber ende amora (5:32)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 04 - Teymenew (5:47)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 05 - Mela mela (8:07)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 06 - Arada (6:55)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 07 - Wegenea (6:00)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 08 - Ehile bele (5:38)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 09 - Kibret alem (4:26)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 10 - Sabiyea (4:34)
Asnaketch Worku and Ketema Mekonen - 11 - Gusumayea (3:27)
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Amsal Mitke - Wedding music
01 - Amsal Mitke - Mushiraye (6:50)
02 - Tadesse Mekete - Amrobatal (5:16)
03 - Aserat Bosena - Ere Na Gobezu (4:22)
04 - Dawit Tsige - Tamrialesh (8:04)
05 - Bewketu Sewmehon - Asayew Lalayew (5:31)
06 - Amsal Mitke - Abajaliye (7:32)
07 - Mebre Mengistu - Govezena (2:22)
08 - Seyoum Moges - Ajeb Newu (8:09)
09 - Teferi Mata - Yidnekachew (7:59)
10 - Demere Legesse - Balezena (6:43)
11 - Aregahegn Worash - Mushiraye (5:26)
12 - Asheber Belay - Aho Bel (5:30)