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Showing posts with label world music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world music. Show all posts

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wayna - The Expats [2013] [usa-ethiopia]




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       It has been said that Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter Wayna possesses a voice that is as sweet and pure as it is honest and passionate. This young talent’s love for music started as a child, when she starred in theater productions like “Annie,” and “Damn Yankees” and toured with a children’s musical review company. Wayna went on to hone her vocal talents as a young adult by absorbing the works of her favorite artists, including Minnie Riperton, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway.






Wayna - Daydream





       While in college, Wayna was crowned Miss Black Unity of the University of Maryland in 1995, earning a one year tuition scholarship and special honors for “Best Talent” and “Best Response to Question” at the 17th annual pageant. The following year, she founded a gospel quartet and performed with the group at the World Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, where they placed as finalists in the Amateur Night competition. She traveled with the critically acclaimed University of Maryland Gospel Choir and regularly performed at churches and gospel showcases throughout the East coast.






           After earning a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Speech Communication from the University of Maryland, Wayna began her professional career as a Writer in the White House for the Clinton administration. But soon, the pull to realize her dream as a recording artist would prove too great. She left to concentrate on her music full-time. 

    Since then, Wayna has collaborated with legendary studio icon/producer Bill Laswell, with critically and comercially hailed producer Eran Tabib, Jive Records producer, Veit Renn, and former Touch of Jazz standout, Kev Brown. She is a featured vocalist/co-writer on on the Sly and Robbie album, Version Born released by Palm Pictures and also featuring contributions from Killah Priest, Black Thought, and N’dea Davenport. She’s also served as a featured vocalist and writer on a number of independent projects for artists, including W. Ellington Felton, Kenn Starr, Kev Brown, Cy Young, and Tamara Wellons.











       Unlike Wayna's jazzy neo-soul albums Moments of Clarity, Book 1 and Higher Ground (which earned her a Grammy nod for "Lovin You (Music)"), her latest release, The Expats, explores the Ethiopian-born singer-songwriter's desire to sonically travel, employing greater world beat influences while drawing on unexpected sides of her voice. 

     Standout opening track "Yo Yo" shows off her dreamy melodic vocals against African beats, revealing that although she's labeled a progressive R&B artist, she would shine in more rock-based genres, too; on the theatrical "Freak Show," her crazy range soars to operatic levels. There are moments where Wayna's flawlessly executed vocals sound strident, making one miss the sultry soul she showcased on previous releases, like "I Don't Want to Wait," a track on which uncooperative production aims itself in too many directions, ultimately working against itself. Overall, Wayna has an innate ability to enrich each song with atmosphere, making The Expats a sweeping global affair: the songs take you to the Sahara desert ("Echo") and the lush plains of Jamaica ("Amazing"), all the while bringing something to music that is too special to ignore.





01. Wayna - Yo Yo (5:44)
02. Wayna - Time Will Come (feat. Emperor Haile Selassie) (4:44)
03. Wayna - Echo (4:28)
04. Wayna - Amazing (4:01)
05. Wayna - I Don't Wanna Wait (4:25)
06. Wayna - Freak Show Intro (feat. Chris Rouse) (0:43)
07. Wayna - Freak Show (4:25)
08. Wayna - Long as You Know (feat. Setgn Satenaw) (5:17)
09. Wayna - Send It Away (feat. Frederic Yonnet) (4:42)
10. Wayna - Holy Heathen (feat. Naz Tana) (6:00)




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw - Alemiye / Gubiliye ... and ... Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw - Ereye Demamu/Belayiye / Sabiye [1974] [ethiopia] FLAC












Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw :    Alemiye / Gubiliye

Philips PH 214 A

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Alemiye – Amharic
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke

Philips PH 214 B

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Gubiliye – Amharic
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke


Year: 1974 

Record pressed in Nairobi, Kenya by East African Records Ltd.





   Mulatu Astatke feat. Belaynesh Wubante and Assegedetch Asfaw - Alemiye   



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Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw:  Ereye Demamu/Belayiye / Sabiye


Philips PH 213 A

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Ereye Demamu/Belayiye – Amharic
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke


Philips PH 213 B

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Sabiye – Amharic
Written by Belaynesh / Assegedetch 
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke



Year: 1974 
Record pressed in Nairobi, Kenya by East African Records Ltd.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Ozferti - Addis Aboumbap [2016] [bel+eth]











        Hi there, you are about to travel ... and I mean far away, in an alternative world where OZFERTI , the nubian wizard, is bringing to you his ethiohop tracks. Coming from Addis aboumbap, 11 chapters where ethiojazz meets Jazzy boumbap, psychedelic trap, progressive Dub and spicy electro. Beware ladies and gentlemen, you will not be coming back from this journey.

       11 Colorfull Reworks of Ethiojazz classics mixed with electronica / hiphop and bass music , from Mulatu Astatke to Mahmoud Ahmed. 


Netsanet People !







OZFERTI - Exit Addis (4:02)





OZFERTI - 01 - Welcome to Addis (2:40)
OZFERTI - 02 - Tezeta (3:45)
OZFERTI - 03 - Black Lion (4:10)
OZFERTI - 04 - Fetsum (3:27)
OZFERTI - 05 - Rock Haram (3:28)
OZFERTI - 06 - Netsanèt (2:36)
OZFERTI - 07 - Mahmoud (4:36)
OZFERTI - 08 - Princess (4:24)
OZFERTI - 09 - Sondéféri (3:19)
OZFERTI - 10 - Déwel (3:32)
OZFERTI - 11 - Exit Addis (4:02)




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mahmoud Ahmed - Tizita vol 1 [1996] [ethiopia]






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01. Mahmoud Ahmed - ANCHI BALE GAME (6:43)
02. Mahmoud Ahmed - YENURO METENSHIN (6:14)
03. Mahmoud Ahmed - TEYIKESH TEREJI (6:35)
04. Mahmoud Ahmed - ASHKARO (4:40)
05. Mahmoud Ahmed - TIZITA (11:10)
06. Mahmoud Ahmed - TEW LIMED GELAYE (7:55)
07. Mahmoud Ahmed - TERESASH WOY (5:08)
08. Mahmoud Ahmed - ENGEDAYE NESH (2:55)
09. Mahmoud Ahmed - YESHI HAREGITU (3:31)
10. Mahmoud Ahmed - ENDEGENA (4:49)



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Paulos Tadesse - Ethiomystic [2016] [ethiopia]










       Ethiomystic is a fusion of traditional and contemporary jazz, reggae and rock that makes you want to listen to it again and again. I tried to offer simplicity using just a few instruments. Yet, there’s a layered approach, with rhythm, melody, and harmonies that unlocks a unique, refined sound. - Paulos Tadesse


     Instrumental music situated at the crossroads of many of influences- traditional song, afro-beat, reggae, jazz and funk.







Paulos Tadesse - Hageray




Paulos Tadesse - 01. Hageray (4:20)
Paulos Tadesse - 02. Ethiomystic (4:13)
Paulos Tadesse - 03. The Lonely Road (3:38)
Paulos Tadesse - 04. Eyaleh Kalhone (5:00)
Paulos Tadesse - 05. Birtukane (6:22)
Paulos Tadesse - 06. Yezare Abebawoch (3:55)
Paulos Tadesse - 07. Ououta Ayaskefam (5:15)
Paulos Tadesse - 08. Freedom (5:16)
Paulos Tadesse - 09. Set Alamnem (4:34)
Paulos Tadesse - 10. Yeayne Tesfa (4:44)
Paulos Tadesse - 11. Astawesalew (5:21)
Paulos Tadesse - 12. Ethiomystic Dub (4:16)




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fantahun Shewankochew - Shegneches Semeles [ethiopia]












       Fantahun Shewankochew is a Toronto-based musician (vocalist, song writer, instrumentalist, arranger and composer). His new release Adera (An Undertaking) is a rediscovery of Ethio-jazz, traditional and popular Ethiopian music with a modern twist. Fantahun Shewankochew has crafted an album that harkens back to the golden era of Ethiopian music. 

        Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Fantahun hails from a country with a diverse mix of rich culture, tradition and music. Affectionately called “Fantish” by his friends and fans, Fantahun discovered his talent for music at a very young age when he participated in school performances as a singer, often imitating famous Ethiopian vocalists like Muluken Melese and his idol the late Tilahun Gessesse, undoubtedly the most revered and iconic figure who dominated Ethiopia’s modern music for almost half-a-century. To develop his talent, Fantahun joined the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa, where he studied for four years and graduated in the early 80’s with a diploma in trumpet and the Ethiopian traditional instrument called krar, a harp-like five-or six-string lyre played using the fingers or in combination with a pick. His stint in the school not only provided him with the necessary academic credential and a better understanding of what underlies his music, but also created the historic opportunity of producing the Amharic hit song “Kiraren Biqagnew”, his signature song that introduced him to the public. Fresh from school, he was hired by the renowned Ethiopian National Theatre as a trumpet player and worked as a vocalist on the side with the Mahiran Band that he co-founded. 






Fantahun Shewankochew - Yeberetuma




       He released his first album - Kiraren in 1986 with the Mahiran band. He released three more albums: “Min Yelelesh Ale”, “Shegnichesh Semeles”, and “BeYikirta”. Besides his artistic and administrative responsibilities at the Ethiopian National theatre where he worked for over 20 years in various capacities including Coordinator of the music department, Fantahun formed one more music band –the Medina Band, collaborated with famous musicians and also went on international music tours in Africa, North America, South America, Europe, China and the Middle East.





Fantahun Shewankochew - Kiraren Bikagnew




           While in tour in Paris, France, Fantahun collaborated with the famous and now US-based Ejigayehu Shibabaw, a.k.a. Gigi., and released the “Ethiopian Love Songs” album. His tour with a group of musicians that included four German instrumentalists (Jochen Engel, Patrick Langer, Jörg Pfeil and Michael Ehret) and four Ethiopian vocalists (Abonesh Adnew, Tigist Bekele, Wondwossen Kassa and Binyam Kindya), organized under a band called “Sounds of Saba” offered Fantahun the opportunity to fulfill his dream of introducing Ethiopian music to the rest of the world and also to participate in the group’s 1998 “Tizita” album in which he participated as a vocalist, kirar player and percussionist. Representing Ethiopia with the Cultural Orchestra of the ENT, Fantahun has participated at some of the biggest international musical events including the Ravera festival in Italy and the Houston International festival in Texas, USA. 











         Fantahun made Toronto his new home in 2011 and he has since collaborated with fellow Ethiopian and other Canadian musicians and performed at such venues as the Glenn Gould Studio, Lula Lounge, Harbourfront Centre, the Music Gallery, the Gladstone Hotel and the Luminato Festival. No less important is his contribution to the Ethiopian Community in Toronto. In the same year he arrived in Toronto, for example, he got himself busy serving as artistic director of a spiritual concert & drama organized by fellow artists in collaboration with the choir of the Toronto Membere Birhan Saint Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral to raise fund for the construction of the Church’s new cathedral. The show was a complete sell-out and a phenomenal success.

      Regarding his plans in music, Fantahun has a keen interest to introduce Ethiopian traditional music, which he says has gained more and more popularity in many European countries but not so much here in Canada. In addition to his many personal projects in the pipeline, he plans to introduce to Canadians Ethiopia’s distinct modal system that is pentatonic called qenet, of which there are four main modes: tezeta, bati, ambassel, and anchihoye and other additional modes which are basically variants of the four modes.





Fantahun Shewankochew - 01 - Shegneches Semeles (5:15)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 02 - Zelalemaw neshe (4:33)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 03 - Abete setawekebet (4:51)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 04 - Ezawe betebelesh (4:20)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 05 - Legenet abeba (5:27)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 06 - Menezewa kezeba (4:23)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 07 - Menoeren senoru (5:28)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 08 - Yedemek cewatachen (5:26)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 09 - Yedemekelesh cewatachen (5:34)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 10 - Yeete new (5:31)
Fantahun Shewankochew - 11 - Yefa enawetaw (4:50)




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)



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)




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)





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

v.a. - Gurage Beats [ethiopia]











       The Gurage people are a Semitic-speaking ethnic group inhabiting Ethiopia. According to the 2007 national census, its population is 6,867,377 people, of whom 792,659 are urban dwellers. 

This is 5.53% of the total population of Ethiopia, or 9.52% of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR).








Hailu Fereja - Esherrerre
(Guragigna Music)





          The Gurage people traditionally inhabit a fertile, semi-mountainous region in southwest Ethiopia, about 125 kilometers southwest of Addis Ababa, bordering the Awash River in the north, the Gibe River (a tributary of the Omo River) to the southwest, and Lake Zway in the east. In addition, according to the 2007 Ethiopian national census the Gurage can also be found in large numbers in Addis Ababa, Oromia Region, Dire Dawa, Harari Region, Somali Region, Amhara Region, Gambela Region, Benishangul-Gumuz Region, and Tigray Region.

             The groups that are subsumed under the term Gurage originated in the Tigray region of Ethiopia as the descendants of military conquerors during the Aksumite empire. The Gurage languages, which are not always mutually intelligible, belong to the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Some of these have been influenced by neighbouring Cushitic languages. The Gurage are mainly Christian—members largely of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church—and Muslim.


              Settled agriculturalists, the Gurage centre their lives on the cultivation of their staple crop, the Ethiopian, or false, banana (Ensete ventricosum), prized not for its “false” (or inedible) fruit but for its roots.


                The languages spoken by the Gurage are known as the Gurage languages. The variations among these languages are used to group the Gurage people into three dialectically varied subgroups: Northern, Eastern and Western. However, the largest group within the Eastern subgroup, known as the Silt'e, identify foremost as Muslims.





01 - Aster Aweke - Ebo (8:02)
02 - Mahmoud Ahmed - Gichamue (4:38)
03 - Ashenafi Zeberga - Sriway (5:55)
04 - Behailu Kassahun - Ayo Eshururu (5:38)
05 - Biruk Befekadu - Sebelbelata (3:59)
06 - Ashenafi Zeberga - Segele (4:56)
07 - Mikiyas Negussie - Be3ste (4:51)
08 - Reshad Kedir - Amama (4:46)
09 - Yared Negu - Yemerkato Arada (3:56)
10 - Mykey Shewa - Aegba (ኤግባ) (4:15)
11 - Mewded Kibru - Yawe Way (5:57)
12 - Teddy Yo - Guragaeton (3:55)
13 - Desalegn Mersha - Waywato (5:16)
14 - Jossy Gebre - SebenSema (4:44)
15 - Hailu Fereja - Esherrerre (5:21)
16 - Feleke Maru - Ker (4:51)
17 - Wendi Mak - Yene Mar (5:26)
18 - Temesgen Gebrgziabeher - Yemeskel Let Mata (5:36)




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gigi & Bill Laswell's Material - New Flowers From Addis [live @ Krems 2009] [ethiopia]







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four tracks from their gig at Krems, 2009. 











Gigi and Alemayehu Fanta - Zerafewa

                                                        




Monday, March 6, 2017

Dub Colossus - Addis Through The Looking Glass [2011] [ethiopia]





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       Dub Colossus is a collective of Ethiopian musicians working with Western musicians fascinated by the richness of the Ethiopian sound. 










      
      A Town Called Addis ...was their striking debut in 2008 but this is better, probably thanks to their live concerts. 

       There's a strong reggae influence, but it's songs like the punchy Guragigna that stand out, with great vocals by "the Ethiopian Edith Piaf", Sintayehu Zenebe, underpinned by a piano ostinato and a muscular horn section with great sax solos.