Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Woubeshet Feseha - [1976] - [ethiopia]

many thanks for this post goes to my ethiopian friend
     Yednak Fikru       
who digitalize this album and saves it from slow decaying on the tape

           Woubeshet Feseha (or Wubshet Fiseha) found his great passion for singing in his youth age in school and at his living areas. His friends listening to his great talent used to encourage him to carry on with his potential. Kibur Zebegna band and Yepolis orchestra was Woubeshete’s childhood music icon, he has always looked up with hope to join the band someday, his dreams eventually came true to join the band which hosts many famous singers in town.

            Woubeshet Feseha is great singer which sang his works in stage from the 1960’s to 1970’s Ethiopian Calendar. Woubeshet has worked from his first band Kibur Zebegna to different bands all around Addis playing in different night clubs and hotels. To name the few, in Hilton hotel with Walias band, in Shebele Hotel with Ethio Star band, Shebelle band, and other famous bands.

Wubeshet Fisseha - Lakiligne Shikina

       Besides his singing career, he also was a great guitar player. This talent have made him contribute to accompany the famous artist Aster Aweke in her concerts and recordings which were produced by prominent local producers. Woubshet Feseha has produced different melody and lyric compositions, and has released more than six music albums.

       Woubshet Feseha was the lead singer in the famous band Walias  band and Ethio-Star band in the 1960’s and 1970’s E.C. 

       Out of the many famous albums releases, Wubushets albums such as “Maleda Maleda”, and his last release “Aseb Shegaw Wende Late” were a hit album.

       He went on a tour with Walias Band to U.S.A., in this tour Woubshet gained a wide fame from Ethiopian diasporas who went to U.S. in the Derg regime, performing traditional music to the Ethiopian audience in U.S. After leaving Ethiopia to tour in the U.S. with Walias band, he has made his living in the United States, coming to his mother land Ethiopia for an occasional visit for recordings, worked in the U.S. as a singer for some time.

      Woubshet Feseha have made more than 100 amharic songs which are listened from generation to generations, Woubshet passed away but his works still follow his great legacy being listened to the audience till present.

01 - Woubeshet Feseha - 01 (5:55)
02 - Woubeshet Feseha - 02 (4:51)
03 - Woubeshet Feseha - 03 (6:20)
04 - Woubeshet Feseha - 04 (5:09)
05 - Woubeshet Feseha - 05 (7:21)

06 - Woubeshet Feseha - 06 (6:08)
07 - Woubeshet Feseha - 07 (5:43)
08 - Woubeshet Feseha - 08 (6:53)
09 - Woubeshet Feseha - 09 (6:40)
10 - Woubeshet Feseha - 10 (6:14)

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)

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.

Mulatu Astatke - Ethio Jazz Vol.1 [2006] [ethiopia]

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01. Mulatu Astatke - Kasalefkut Hulu (2:29)
02. Mulatu Astatke - Yelib Lay Esat (4:31)
03. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu (5:06)
04. Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo Sew (4:24)
05. Mulatu Astatke - Chiferra (7:05)
06. Mulatu Astatke - E Bola (6:46)
07. Mulatu Astatke - Kulun (2:14)
08. Mulatu Astatke - Tsome Diguwa (9:39)
09. Mulatu Astatke - Wolayita (6:40)
10. Mulatu Astatke - Yekatit (3:59)
11. Mulatu Astatke - Munaye (3:35)
12. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu's Mood (4:15)