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ETHIOPIA

A country with lots of different musical styles many of which are unique. On hearing any of its music for the first time you would find it hard to believe it came from a country in Africa.

This page was last updated on 27/3/14.

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ABEBA DESALEGNE YELEHUBETM YELEH CD 13.50 COL
Her third album as far as I know and and the first to get an international release. Lovely set of songs even the iskista style ones are played with a Western slant. 1. LEMINK NAFEKEGNE
2. YEFIKIR HUDADIE
3. TERET TERET
4. BAT ASAKLUGNE
5. AZMENE AMADU
6. LIYU LIJ
7. MIN TESEMAH
8. YELEHUBETM
9. MAYETIE KENTU
10. CHER WERIE
11. EMBAYIEN ABESE
12. FIKIR MALET
13. HIYWET ENDE SHEKLA
ABEBECH DERARA AND ZAGOL BAND KALEH KATEGEBIE AEMRO CD 11.99 COL
An absolutely stunning album that's so simple yet so awesome. Abebech sings, Getnet Meazza plays bass guitar while keyboard wizard Kassa Adamassu weaves a truly magical spell over everything. The music fairly belts along with wonderfully irresistible and exciting vocals from ace singer Abebech. I have had a love affair with Ethiopian music for many years but this album is definitely the new darling of my collection. [10T/60M] 1. BELU ENJI
2. ALCHILIBET
3. DAMO DAMO
4. SEW HULU
5. ABICHU NEGA NEGA
6. NA GELAYE
7. KALEH KATEGEBIE
8. SEWENETU
9. BEL TEWEW
10. YAYINIE ABEBA
ABEBECH MESFIN MERAT AYENI RAGMC999 TC 6.75 COL
Singer Abebech comes from Tigray and this is her first release which is sung in Tigrinja. Mainly traditional in style the music comes from a line-up of guitars, sax, keyboards and the lovely Krar. The bouncy drum and handclap style dominates on most tracks but A5 and B4 take on a modern guitar and sax based sound and with Abebech's haunting vocals they are just lovely. (F.T.Index: (Track No...) A5, B4, A2, A4, A3, B2, B5, B4, A1, B1,.) [10T/60M]
ABEBECH MESFIN TEAZIBEKA TEAZIBEKA CD £ 10.00
The fourth album from singer and songwriter Abebech is sung in the Tigrigna language of Northern Ethiopia and central Eritrea. and uses Krar (Ethiopian harp) played by Asmalu Tekelu and Masinko (One string Lyre) but with a modern twist from the guitar of Aiyou Solomon and the Saxophones of Feleke Hailu, Aregaye and Dawit Frew. The throbbing Eskista dance songs are mainly about love, women and equality. She cruises through the first four tracks and then lets fly with the wonderful Leminay. Alqado is another that leaps out and grabs your attention with its bouncy beat and strong vocals. This album, a present from Abebech, is now a treasured possesion in my collection.

Available here or just pop into the Electra Music Shop in front of Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa. Happy listening.
1. NESTELA-MAYMAY
2. TIMALI
3. QURI-QURI ABILUNI
4. MA-A-RDO AJIBO
5. LEMINAY
6. ANESE TEAZIBEKA
7. ALQADO
8. ADEY
9. HIWAN
10.WEYNAY MEN-ESEY
11 TIMALI (INSTUMENTAL)
ABEBECH MESFIN TEAZIBEKA TEAZIBEKATC TC £ 5.00
Cassette is the same 10 tracks as the CD.
ABINET AGONAFIR DIBIKI WUBET (HIDDEN BEAUTY) AIT026 CD 15.00 COL
Abinet's debut album and an outstanding debut at that. 1. HABESHA
2. SITALEKISH DES ALISHIGN
3. ATIRGEMAT
4. LENE KALESH
5. AGEES MEHAS
6. WEND LIJ
7. ATNAHKEGN LIJE
8. KEZKAZA WELAFEN
9. TEY TEY
10. TELAHUSH
11. EMAMIYE
12. EWEDISHALEHU
13. MISKEEN ZEMEN
ABINET AGONAFIR WIETA NR0094 CD 15.00 COL
Recorded and produced in Washington USA but what a cracking album. Every track is great and this has become a firm favourite of mine without a doubt. 1. SUSIEN
2. CHUH CHUH
3. BASEBGNE
4. ATHIJIBGNE
5. WEITA
6. SMIGNE
7. BAYBAY
8. ATMI
9. LYU
10. HAGER
11. METACH LENIE BLA
12. YEZARIEN
13. RHAMA
14. LJIEN
ABONESH ADNEW BAHILEN BAHILEN CD 15.00 COL
Multi talented Abonesh can sing in over a dozen of the 80 plus languages of Ethiopia and plans to sing in them all. She has appeared on film about the life style and culture of rural Ethiopia although her music and song are contemporary and based upon the works of many of the best known stars of Ethiopian music. 1. BAHILEN
2. KEFFA
3. ENDASABE
4. GEDEL LIGBA?
5. LIFELIGIH
6. DERA
7. YETIKAZEN
8. ABEBIE
9. YENEBICHA
10. LIMITAWEY?
11. YEMANEW SHINKIT
ABONESH ADNEW - ABITI ZAREM ENDAMNA ABITI CD 15.00 COL
Multi talented Abonesh still sings but this time under her nick name of Abiti which is also the name of her Washington D.C. restaurant where she also tops the bill. A bit more traditional but still a wonderful album. 1. ZAREM ENDAMNA
2. ABADER
3. ALKERIM
4. CARE YEHUN
5. YARADA LIJ FEKER
6. YEBOLALE
7. KASAYEN ATAHUT
8. ABAKAGN
9. GOJAME
10. ZEM ALELEM
11. MALEMENI
12. AWDE AMET
13. GUDE FELLA
ALEMAYEHU ESHETE ADDIS ABABA SHANCD64045 CD 14.70 COL
ALEMAYEHU ESHETE ETHIOPIQUES 22 - MORE VINTAGE 860144 CD £ 11.99
Alemayehu Eshete is no less than one of the great voices of the heyday of modern Ethiopian music, the Swinging Sixties which, in Ethiopia, went on until the fall of the Emperor Haile Sellassie I in 1974. On a par with Tilahun Gessesse, Bzunesh Beqele or Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu is a star at the top of the constellation that once lit up the wild nights in the capital city Addis Ababa. The singer, as remarkable for his frenetic rock numbers as for his heart-rending ballads, has, by dint of rampant Americanism, earned himself nicknames as the Ethiopian James Brown or the Abyssinian Elvis. With his dazzling stage presence, nimble voicebox and wicked pompadour, he is a strutting show-off, straight out of American Graffiti or Saturday Night Fever. His youthfulness untarnished although he is well into his 60s, Alemayehu still represents the explosive myths of the 1960s. 1. NEY-NEY WELEBA
2. AMBASSEL
3. AMBASSEL
4. YEQER AYNESSA
5. TEMAR LEDJE
6. MEN TETCHIYE MEDRITU
7. TENAGERI
8. YETENTU FEQRATCHEN
9. HODE FERA
10. ABEBA MESSELETCH
11. GUBELYE
12. TEQUR GESSELA
13. YEMAYNEGA LELIT
14. YEBEQANAL
15. WETADER NEGN
16. ENAT YEENDJERA ENAT
17. KENORU LEBETCHAHE
18. TSEGEREDAYE
ALEMAYEHU ESHETE YEFEKER KAL Vol. 8 YEFEKER CD 15.00 COL
A beautiful album which Alemayehu sings with his usual heartfelt feeling and warmth.While I liked all the tracks and particularly the first few, he saved the best till last with the stunningly beautiful Yena Gla which is just superb. 1. YEFEKER KAL
2. HALLO HALLO BILE
3. KURATA NESH
4. SESETA NESH
5. MIGNOTA
6. TSIBAY
7. SHALALA LA
8. ANEDE NEGRE
9. WA NEDO
10. YENA GLA
ARAGAW BEDASO NETEREKEBE INETI NETERE TC 10.00 COL
Aragaw Bedaso was born 1934 and is a traditional singer of Gurage songs. He first performed in 1957 and despite his old age still performs and is active in the Ethiopian music scene. A former deacon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church he claims his good health is due to his exercising, has fathered 18 children and promotes running for health amongst other things. [10T/52M] Oh.... and the music? Out of this world, fast paced traditional Ethiopian style with jazz-funk overtones and tremendous vocals from the man himself. 1. NETEREKEBE INETI
2. ADETE YETEFEKERENANE
3. FERANE AYENBERO
4. ASHEGOYE ABESHE
5. YEGEREDE MEREKAMA
6. YABO YAYO BELE
7. LEBELE LOGAWE SHEBOW
8. TELEBENE EWEDEDA
9. ABEBA TEKESELI
10. IZEME GORADEDO
ASNAQETCH WERQU ETHIOPIQUES 16 - LADY WITH THE KRAR 822652 CD 11.99 COL
Before she became famous as a singer and krar (traditional lyre) player, Asnatqetch Werqu was known as an actress and a dancer. At a very young age, she taught herself the krar, the favourite instrument of the azmari, Ethiopia's wandering minstrels. Sha has found the voice to transform the vicissitudes of life into poignant laments or sarcastic ditties,which have earned her respect and recognition. Asnaqetch Werqu is the last great singer, story-teller and free-thinker to carry on the tradition of poetic jousting.
ASTER AWEKE ASTER TERRACD107 CD 12.00 COL
The first Western release but not her first album by any means. A great set of songs and a wonderful voice to deliver them. 1. SEBEBU
2. ETITITE!
3. TIZITA
4. TEYIM
5. SENGNO
6. Y'SHEBELLU
7. FIKHR ANESGNE
8. WOLELA
9. SELALE
ASTER AWEKE ASTER TERRAC107 TC £ 4.00
The same set of tracks as the CD.
ASTER AWEKE CHECHEHO CHECHEHO CD 15.00 COL
Another masterpeice from superb singer Aster. She just gets better and better. 1. CHECHEHO
2. AMESEGINALEHU
3. WISHY WASHY
4. KULUN
5. FIKIR AYALKIBET
6. KEREMELA
7. YICHALAL
8. SINIWADED
9. SELAM NEW
10. BABA BABA
11. BICHAYEN
12. GONDER
ASTER AWEKE EBO 2222-2 CD £ 16.50
A truely beautiful album, its as simple as that. 1. MINU TENEKANA
2. EBO
3. YALE SIME
4. YENE KONJO
5. BALE GARIE
6. ESTI LNURBET
7. YEWAH LIBANE
8. ASHE WEYINA
ASTER AWEKE EWEDIHALEHU EWED CD 12.00 COL
Another wonderful album entitled Ewedihalehu (I Love You) is Aster's 24th album to date according to some write-ups. Must be including Ethiopian only cassettes to get to that number. It was produced in co-operation with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota. Also featured are new works by producers, Henock Negash, and Maru. 1. ENEN YAYE
2. SENDELELA
3. ZAKERE
4. AYINIH
5. WUHA WUHA
6. CHE FERESE
7. HID DEMO
8. EWEDIHALEHU
9. AYAYA
10. AYE SEW
11. AWDAMET
12. HULUN YEMITIWED
Ethiopian Release United States Release
ASTER AWEKE FIKIR FIKIR CD 12.50 COL
1. FIKIR
2. ANDD ADIRGEN
3. NETSA NEGN
4. SEWENETAE
5. AYZOH
6. EMYAE
7. LISHELIMEW
8. YESEW-SEW
9. AZEZO
10. CHAL-CHAL
11. YIKIRTA
12. YAMRAL
13. NEFSAE
14. MURIT
ASTER AWEKE KABU TERRACD110 CD £ 11.99
Very much a Westernised album that seems to have lost its roots. Having said that I don't doubt that it will be a big hit as it brings out the quality of Aster's voice far better than her previous album. Has some superb mood music based loosley on original Ethiopian styles. 1. YEDI GOSH
2. YAZ-OH
3. KABU
4. KEZIRA
5. BATI
6. TCHEWATA
7. EYOHA
8. BITCHENGNA
ASTER AWEKE KABU TERRAC110 TC £ 4.00
ASTER AWEKE SUGAR KABU002-2 CD 17.30 COL
A cracking set of tracks on this magic album. 1. GUDDE FELLA (FEAT. NASIR HASSEN)
2. SEW HULU BE-HAGERU
3. EZORALEHU
4. ETITI
5. BICHEGNA
6. SIKUAR (SUGAR)
7. MERKATO
8. FIKIR FIKIR
9. LELA ALAYIM
10. TIBI TIBI
11. SEW MEHONNE
12. WEY NEDO
CHACHI AFRICA CTR67120 CD 11.99 COL
Now out on CD this modern Ethiopian album is influenced by many styles - makassi, soukous, ragga, jazz, reggae and even bhangra beat! - the mix producing some very interesting and danceable tracks. Beats the hell out of the recent Aster Aweke releases. Brilliant album in every way. (F.T.Index: Melkam Gabecha, Yezare Ababawoche, Ataseb, Setitu Arbegha, Kadametkegn, Africa, Belete Kidame.) [12T/59M]
EITHER ORCHESTRA ETHIOPIQUES 20 - LIVE IN ADDIS ( 2 x CD ) 860121 CDx2 £ 21.35
Russ Gershon and his Grammy-nominated Either/Orchestra have included many Ethiopian pieces into their repertoire in recent years. In January 2004, the Boston big band travelled to Addis for a dream-come-true concert featuring prestigious Ethiopian guests, among them Mulatu Astatqe (Ethiopiques 4, Broken Flowers) and Getatchew Mekurya (Ethiopiques 14). This recording perfectly renders the energy and emotion of this gathering, with beautiful arrangements remarkably performed by excellent, adventurous musicians bringing to mind Gil Evans' band in Miles Davis' 'Sketches of Spain'.
ELIZABETH TESHOME 1987 DIMBULKA TC 7.00 COL
A lovely album that starts out quite softly and traditionally but soon speeds up and by track three it's leaping about like a lunatic. Elizabeth has one of those beautiful voices that can cut through music like a hot knife through butter. The solid beat of the drums and the guitar/sax mixture of sound from the keyboards makes a strong backing that suits Elizabeth's razor sharp singing style perfectly. On side 'B' she settles into a slightly more melodic mould that trips along merrily almost like something from one of those Hindi musicals that you see on TV these days. Gorgeous to listen to, a definite gem. (F.T.Index: (Track No...) A3, A4, B3, B4, B2, A5 ,B1 .) [10T/60M]
FIKER ADDIS NEKATIBEB EMBI EMBI CD 12.00 COL
I thought her previous album Leul Aswededegn was wonderful but this one reaches new heights of perfection. Just have a listen to the clips on the right........... 1. EMBI
2. AREG ENANTEYE - GONDER
3. TEMELES
4. SETEGNE
5. YEHABESHA
6. KUNAMA
7. JEMEREW - GOJAM
8. EJIG EJIG
9. GODANAW
10. YEMECHEW
11. O HAYA
12. NEDAW - WELLO
FIKER ADDIS NEKATIBEB LEUL ASWEDEDEGN LEUL CD 15.00 COL
A stunningly beautiful album from the power packed voice of Fiker Addis. Her voice is explosive one minute, then sweetness the next. This is a definite must have album if you like Ethiopian music. 1. YENGAT WEF
2. BAGERACHN
3. YAMU YAMU
4. YANEKAL
5. LEUL ASWEDEDEGN
6. MERAGN YZO
7. TESMAGN TERUNBA
8. AND SWE
9. SBEBU
10. BLO BLO
FOUR TRADITIONAL SINGERS FOUR TRADITIONAL SINGERS FOUR TC 6.75 COL
I thought the first side was good with a thumping beat geared mainly to the Iskista dance style, plenty of horn/guitar backing to say nothing of the girls in the chorus with their throbbing 'Ulahs'! On the other side however they pull out all the stops and produce some very inovative if still traditional sounds. Track 3 definitely has a place in my favorites list and the last track is a real treat.
GABII EDA'OO SOOF UMAR SOOF CD 12.00 COL
Well what can I say about Gabii? The generally fast paced music is very nice and his powerful voice adds the finishing touch to a great album. Sung in the Oromo language hence the strange looking spellings on the track titles. Very little information that I can find about him on the web or anywhere else. CD was produced by Nahom Records who seem to have disappeared. Idiots have put 12 tracks in the CD but didn't bother to name the last two so any help with naming then would be much appreciated. Anyone know what happened to Nahom ? 1. EBOO SAYYOO
2. AANOO
3. BAGAN KUFAA BAGAN KA'E
4. MOOTABEE KOO
5. AANALEEF CALANQOO
6. GEERARSAA
7. ALAN AALAN
8. BAREEDA AKKA KEETII
9. KOPHXAA'E
10. SOOF UMAR
11. Untitled
12. Untitled instrumental
GETATCHEW MEKURYA ETHIOPIQUES 14 - NEGUS OF ETHIOPIAN SAX 822562 CD £ 12.50
Probably the most revered veteran of Ethiopian saxophone, Getatchew Mekurya is the inventor of an extremely distinctive musical 'style'. There exists, among Ethiopia's many vocal genres, a form of singing that is purely warlike: epic and declamatory, harsh and hoarse-voiced, it is known as 'shellela'. Getatchew Mekurya had the brilliant idea of transposing it to his saxophone. In this daring, improvisational, angry and impetuous musical form, each melisma spirals dizzyingly towards less structure and greater freedom in the playing. Without resorting to cliches, shellela saxophone was a sort of free jazz before its time: Mekurya, who remembers trying out the first heady strains in 1952-53, still knows nothing about Ornette Coleman, or Albert Ayler. The music on this CD was released by Philips Ethiopia in 1970, except for the last piece, a rarity from the late fifties.
GIGI GIGI PALMCD20682 CD 13.65 COL
Superb album that had me glued to the speakers. Sublime vocals and hypnotic music all the way through. Definitely recommended.
GIGI ONE ETHIOPIA BARKCD105 CD 13.20 COL
HAMELMAL ABATE SEDET SEDET CD 10.00 COL
KENGE BAHIRU AND WAREQ ASNAKECH KENGE TC 6.75 COL
Traditional music and songs from masenqo player Kenge and Wareq and her krar. the masenqo is a type of lute played with a bow and its dulcet tones are lovely to listen to. The krar is a type of lyre and its distingtive playing style and sound can be found copied by guitars on almost every modern ethiopian album. The type of ethnic music to be found on this recording is becoming very hard to find in today's ethiopia and its well worth a listen.
KENNEDY MENGESHA 1985 NEGARIT TC 6.75 COL
One of Ethiopia's top modern artists with a string of hits to his credit. Beautifully backed by the Roha Band with their usual fast paced sax and guitar line up. Great vocals with kennedy weaving and warbling his way through the octaves. lovely.
KIROS ALEMAYEHU HAYE BELEWA MASTER SOUND TC 6.75 COL
Tigre province in the North is the home of top star Kiros. His modern interpretations of traditional songs and music are justifiably famous throughout the country. The thumping beat of the kebaro drums drives the accompanying krar and masenquo along at a leisurely pace with plenty of hand clapping and 'ullah's' from the chorus girls. Kiros's piercing vocals are delivered in a style which is almost poetic.
KUKU SEBSEBE GEEZZE AIT016 CD 12.00 COL
Geezze means time in Amharic and the eternal power of time is what Kuku sings about here. A great mix of contemporary grooves and traditional Ethiopian sounds which was released by AIT in the USA when Kuku lived there before returning to Ethiopia in 2003. What an album......... 1. YASHEBIRAL
2. GEEZZE
3. INDET NEH
4. ZEDE
5. BALEMAMAYE
6. KOLEL
7. YE-MAR WOLELA
8. GELAH LEMEDE WOY
9. DIGISEM FIKIR NEW
10. SHEBEL
11. TILACHAH KEBERETA
KUKU SEBSEBE GIZE SETEGNE GIZE CD £ 10.00
WOW - TOTAL MAGIC !!!! Absolutely hooked from the first song to the last. What a wonderful singer and great tunes as well. Worth its weight in gold. My ones are the original Ethiopian released CD's. The US version is sometimes called Tinish Gizie Sitegne 1. YENE LEBECHAW NEW
2. HALO BELAT
3. ENBAYE
4. GIZE SETEGNE
5. LEMAN LENGER
6. AYNAFAR
7. NEGERU ENDET NEW
8. LEBE SEGA
9. KALEHUBET HAGER
10. DEG WALE WEY
11. MEN ALU
United States Release Ethiopian Release
KUKU SEBSEBE TZITA TZITA CD £ 10.00
More magic from Kuku who has one of the sweetest voices to come out of Ethiopia. This album has some great songs on it, some modern and others more traditional but all are wonderfull. My ones are the original Ethiopian released CD's. 1. ANAREJM
2. BIRTUKAN
3. TZITA
4. GUBELYE
5. TIDAR
6. TIZITA MAYNER
7. WEGNE
8. HODEYE
9. AMBASEL
10. SHEMONMANAYE
11. WELLO
12. ANCHIYE
United States Release Ethiopian Release
MAHMOUD AHMED 2 ND EDITION 2NDED CD 15.00 COL
Almost no modern Ethiopian wedding celebration goes without the enjoyment of one of Mahmoud Ahmed's wedding songs. Here he presents a collection of over forty years of his wedding hits that have captured millions of Ethiopian hearts. He continues to be the most sought after and leading wedding performer of all time in the Ethiopian community, which as a result, invites Ethiopians (from around the world to travel back to their homeland and experience his majestic voice on the most Special Day of their lives. 1. YETBAREK
2. ALMAZ
3. FITSUM DING NESH
4. TSEGROWA WERDO WERDO
5. KULUN
6. LALE LALE
7. ASHEWOINA
8. MUSHERAYE
9. HAILOGA
MAHMOUD AHMED ETHIOPIQUES 19 - ALEMYE 860106 CD £ 11.99
An authentic legend in Ethiopia, Mahmoud Ahmed has laid down the basis of a music style which is resolutely original in the way it synthesizes the most diverse influences into a language both typical and universal. With his haunting, serpentine voice, at the same time raucous and velvety, Mahmoud Ahmed has invented a world of uncertain borders, an improbable mix of Eastern-African rhythmic lines, mysterious laments with refined ornamentation and melodies of unexpected Indian modulation; all this streaked by electric sounds and pulsed by a hot, swaying groove spanning swing to funk and even foraying into reggae music. What an exhilarating shambles!
MAHMOUD AHMED ETHIOPIQUES 6 - ALMAZ 82979-2 CD 11.99 COL
Release two years before 'Ere Mela Mela' but totally unknown outside of Ethiopia. Released back in 1973 this album is absolutely stunning to listen too. Mahmoud powers through the vocals over the melancholy and bluesy horn led backing of the Ibex Band. Miss it at your peril - it's simply superb. Pages of notes and pictures as well. [11T/54M]
MAHMOUD AHMED ETHIOPIQUES 7 - ERE MELA MELA 82980-2 CD £ 12.50
Ere Mela Mela was the very first record of modern Ethipian music released in Europe (Crammed Discs, Brussels, 1986). It is only logical that it should be reissued today, expanded and remastered, in the Ethiopiques series. This volume 7 includes all the Mahmoud Ahmed's recordings released in 75 by Kaifa records, including the LP KF 20 plus 2 titles released on another 45, and 2 additional songs included in the first Crammed release, masterpieces from an album released in 78 under Mahmoud's own label. It was via this record that Ethiopian music first made its mark in what was starting to be called 'the global sound system'. It attracted media attention around the world and soon became a cult album. It is one of the last treasures of what must be termed the 'golden age' of Ethiopian music.
MAHMOUD AHMED HULUM YISMA HULUM CD 10.00 COL
MAHMOUD AHMED LIVE IN PARIS 302671-2 CD £ 12.35
Live album recorded in Paris, France at the Theatre de la Ville. Stunning music and even more stunning vocals from one of mine and Ethiopia's top artists. 1. YESHEGA LIDJ NEGER
2. YASELEME LALO
3. LEBESH KABASHEN
4. TEZETA GAREDEW
5. WEY FEQER
6. ENDENESH BELULEGEN
7. TEZETA
8. KULUN
9. MELA MELA
10. DERA
MAHMOUD AHMED LIVE IN TORONTO NR4935 DVD 19.95 COL
The voice of Ethiopia live in Toronto with - Your favorite classic songs. Thirteen tracks including Tizita and Er Mela Mela.
MAHMOUD AHMED SOUL OF ADDIS STEW35CD CD 12.50 COL
An absolutely fabulous album which is a mix of the best known musical styles of Ethiopian music sung by one of their most renowned singers. I got hooked on his power packed voice back in the 80's and this compilation album uses some of his best material from that period. Its not just Mahmoud's singing that's special on this album though, just listen to the musical perfection, the saxes breeze along with the guitars sparkling at all the right points and the drummer beating a path for the sweetly played keyboards. This album is not just recommended listening it's essential, so pin back your lugs and prepare to be amazed. ( F.T.Index: Nafkot, Selam, Bey Tirigne, Tetesh, Yedetnesh, Ene Berdognal, Abet, Tenbelel Loga, Amesginalehu, Bechayen Befiker. ) [10T/61M] Track: Nafkot
MAHMOUD AHMED TIZITA Vol. 1 AIT024 CD 12.95 COL
If there is a single artist who personifies the rich history of Ethiopian music, it must be Mahmoud Ahmed. These collections of his greatest hits (The Best of Mahmoud Ahmed, Tizita, Volume 1 & 2) include many of the songs that have made Mahmoud a legend on the world music scene. Mahmoud's journey began in Addis Ababa in 1963, when he joined the Imperial Body Guard Band. In 1972, he released his first solo recording. Since then, he has come to define the Ethiopian sound. Demand for his music has brought him to North America, Europe, and Asia, where his name is synonymous with Ethiopian music. In more recent years, Mahmoud has worked on behalf of Nelson Mandela's struggle for South African freedom and unity. Mahmoud Ahmed truly is the voice of Ethiopia the only African country that was never colonized. 1. ANCHI BALE GAME
2. YENURO METENSHIN
3. TEYIKESH TEREJI
4. ASHKARO
5. TIZITA
6. TEW LIMED GLAYE
7. TERESASH WOY
8. ENGEDAYE NESH
9. YESHI HAREGITU
10. ENDEGENA
MAHMOUD AHMED TIZITA Vol. 2 AIT025 CD 12.95 COL
1. NEY DENNUN TISESHI
2. TIZITA GAREDEW
3. GICHAMUE
4. YESHEGGA LIJ NEGER
5. DERRA AND YESELALEWA
6. MELA MELA
7. TIZ TIZ
8. ALAWEKSHILIGNIM
MAHMOUD AHMED AND THE ROHA BAND OLD COLLECTIONS OLD TC 6.75 COL
MARTHA ASHAGARI ERE BAKEH ERE TC 6.75 COL
MIKAYA BEHAILU SHEMAMETEW SHEMAMETEW CD 12.00 COL
Sweet voiced singer Mikaya on her first album back in 2002 and its just gorgeous. Bouncy tunes with velvety vocals had me hooked from the opening track. Just got to get the second album while it is available. She took her producers Nahom Records through the courts for nicking rough sample versions of her songs for a compilation album of their own and she won! Good on you girl......... 1. YENE NEW
2. LANTE SIL
3. SEBEB
4. KEBRARA
5. HONELEIGN
6. LEMALEMH
7. SHEMAMETEW
8. ASGEDIDEIGN
9. DELELEIGN
10. NAFEKEIGN
11. ZARE METAHU
NATI HAILE BEKA BEKA CD £ 12.00
Strange mixture of songs with rap, hiphop, modern ethio sounds and even a bit of jazzy blues all putting in an appearance. Having said that there isn't a bad song in there and Nati's pleading crystal clear vocals are lovely to listen to. 1. BEKA
2. SELAM ALEKUM
3. ENDATIWASHIGN
4. ENITAREK
5. ARE ENDET NEW
6. ATAMINIM
7. BILATA
8. WIB NECH
9. TELEMIGNE
10. ASIKATALEW
11. KONJO LIJ
12. TEMESGEN MALET NEW
13. SALAWIKISH
NETSANET MELLESSE SPIRIT OF SHEBA SHANCD64044 CD 14.70 COL
NEWAY DEBEBE ABESH NAT 1982 ABESH TC 12.00 COL
Issued in 1988 this album is a superb example of Neway's vocal versatility, his voice ranging up and down the scales with effortless ease, almost his trademark. Plenty of sax and fast and fluid guitar played to a solid backing beat by the marvellous Roha Band who are on top form adding the cream to Neway's wonderful vocals. the second track on side two is one of my all time favorites with it's bouncy guitar and good time vocals. A real cracker of an album.
NEWAY DEBEBE AMEN AMEN CD 15.00 COL
Superb new 10 track album from the Neway. Produced in the USA where he now lives and with an all Ethiopian band. Sounding every bit as good as his early gems and still makes me want to play it over and over again.
NEWAY DEBEBE BEST OF NEWAY DEBEBE COLLECTION NR0621 CD 15.00 COL
NEWAY DEBEBE FEKERE SICHEWE FAKIR TC £ 10.00
Jumping Jehosephat it's my favorite artist with a cassette album he released way back in 1985 and now copied by Yayu Productions in the USA. Although it doesn't say so on the inlay, which is all in Amharic script anyway, Neway is backed as usual by Ethiopia's top sesssion group 'The Roha Band' with their unmistakable sound. Lovely Jazzy/Blues guitars and one of the best horn line-ups in Africa. Neway's incredibley versatile voice is on top form zooming up and down the scales effortlessly with a style unsurpassed by any other singer that I can think of. If you've not heard any Ethiopian music before this album is a great introduction. Tracks: Yesete Zewede Nat, Mene Serahu Lehagere, Gujamena Gondere, Yemeleyet Betere, Fute Beye Kegunche, Zemeta, Fekere Sichewe, Yejema Leje, Wa Jemerene, Bemewedede Labertashe. (10T/60M)
NEWAY DEBEBE YETEKEMET ADEBA (Vol. 1) TANGO TC £ 10.00
The first album from my favourite singer and what an album it is. Just have a listen as he sings his heart out to backing from the famous Roha band. Pure magic. 1. YETEKEMET ABEBA
2. ESHETE BELAHU
3. CHEREKA
4. YAYENE ABEBANESH
5. WENZE YAFERASHE
6. YENA LOGA
7. ENETAREKE
8. SENKUNAT
9. ADALE GEMELITUN
10. ADEYE ABEBA
NEWAY DEBEBE AND THE ROHA BAND Vol. 2 (1986) V21986 TC £ 10.00
My favorite album of all time and a definite number 1 on my Desert Island Disc list as I could never get tired of listening to it. 1. MAEBEL NEW FIKRUA
2. WIB TSEDAL
3. YEGERA NEW FIKR
4. BEANCHIE MENDER
5. YEFIKR GEDAM
6. NEY SHEGER
7. SIEWEDUSH EWEKIE
8. TAMCHE ALKERM
9. MALJIE LSHAGER
10. ENDIA ENDIA
ORCHESTRA ETHIOPIA ETHIOPIQUES 23 ORCHESTRA ETHIOPIA 860152 CD 11.99 COL
The story of Orchestra Ethiopia (1963-1975) is unusual and compelling in more ways than one. Just as modern music was reaching the peak of its excellence and popularity, at the very same moment, via Orchestra Ethiopia's unlikely undertaking, traditional music acquired a legitimacy that the times had tended to deprive it of. Between the coup d'etat (Dec 1960) and the revolution (1974), Ethiopia was combining, unbeknown to all, both the end of an empire and the 'golden age' of its music. Orchestra Ethiopia's initiative can be chalked up to the far-sightedness and the enthusiasm of foreigners who were only staying in Ethiopia temporarily. First of all Egyptian musician, composer and musicologist Halim El-Dabh, followed by American Peace Corps volunteers John Coe and Charles Sutton. It was only in 1966 that the Orchestra found its definitive Ethiopian mentor in Tesfaye Lemma. They were far more than just a folk music ensemble especially in the southern provinces, so rich yet so little explored musically up to that point. Although Tesfaye Lemma released several records with this group, we have chosen to begin this rediscovery mainly via previously unreleased works (just five exceptions : 3-11-16-18-22). All display the open-mindedness and creativity that inspired Orchestra Ethiopia's organizers and musicians alike. Many of their works are awaiting publication or reissue. What we refer to as tradition is in no way set in stone. It is nothing but the most recent embodiment, the latest flash in the memory of mankind of a culture in movement, which has never stopped evolving and swallowing up the previous states of this same culture. Orchestra Ethiopia's experience and hardships perfectly illustrate this constant flux. 1. TEZETA
2. TENNESH MEKEDDA
3. MAMMITENNA KEBBEDE
4. HODE
5. KEDO AYQEREM MOTU
6. DATCHENA KOBA
7. MEDINANNA ZELESEGNA
8. SHEGITU
9. YEHETSANU IEQSO
10. HELAWSHO
11. LEQEDAME ATBIYA
12. BESETCHET
13. LALE GUMA
14. WOLAYTA KRAR
15. DERBABE
16. ABA BALANO SHANKA
17. SENBET
18. GORAW
19. SHEB ROBE
20. OD
21. SHAMA KEFENA
22. TERARAW
23. SEMESH MAN NEW?
ROHA BAND TOUR 1990 AIT001 CD 20.00 COL
Wonderful album of modern Ethiopian music with a traditional blend from the famous Roha Band. On tour and backing here top artists Neway Debebe, Hamelmal Abate and Berhane Haile. The band has also recorded over 250 recordings with various other renowned Ethiopian singers including Aster Aweke, Tilahun Gessesse and Mahmoud Ahmed to name but a few. 1. YETIKIMT ABEBE (Neway Debebe)
2. ABEBA ABEBA (Hamelmal Abate)
3. FETIEKI ILE (Berhane Haile)
4. MAEBEL (Neway Debebe)
5. KIYA KIYA (Hamelmal Abate)
6. FERAIT WEYNI (Berhane Haile)
7. YAMRAL TILETISH (Neway Debebe)
8. GELAYE ZEMEDE (Hamelmal Abate)
9. SHEW BELI BILENEY (Berhane Haile)
10. AMBASEL (Instrumental)
TECHOME WOLDE AND ETHIO STARS ETHIOPIAN SOUL REVUE RPM011-2 CD £ 11.99
The new Ethio Stars still led by trumpeter Shimelis Beyene and now consisting of lead and bass guitars, keyboards and drums are recorded live at The Rocket Hall in London 1995. They provide a super backdrop for the vocal versatility of singer Teshome Wolde. The first four tracks are combined to form one long intro and having got the audience hooked they then change tempo, sliding easily into some of those soft jazzy blues style tracks that makes Ethiopian music so listenable. 58 minutes. (F.T.Index: Sema Eda Agebachign, Yematebela Wefe, Yeweray Semele, Aweyo, Nanu Nanu Nei. ) 1. WEY FIKR
2. LEBA NEGN LEBA
3. FUAFUA YELAL DODGU
4. OHOHO MUNAYEWERAY SEMELIE
5. AL METAM QEREHUGHNE
6. LIEBO NEY
7. MEGEBEMA MOLTWAL
8. AWEYO
9. YEMATBELA WEF
10. NANU NANU NEY
11. YEHEGERIE LIDGE BALE GAMIE
12. EWEYU LIELAWO
THE ROHA BAND INSTRUMENTAL ROHA TC £ 10.00
The Roha band is justifiably famous throughout the land and their music can be heard backing nearly all the old top name singers. This is as far as I know, their only solo album and its a real showcase for their wide musical talent. Definitely one of the sweetest and most dazzling sax line ups in Africa and with guitars that can almost sing. This album over an hour long with its jazzy blues style is gorgeous all the way through although the recording on one or two tracks does leave a bit to be desired.
THREE FLOWERS THREE FLOWERS AMBASSEL TC 6.75 COL
Top singers Neway Debebe, Tshagaye Aragaheda & Hulu Bitebaber get together under the name of the the three flowers. Taking it in turn to sing lead with the others backing or all together. They run through a range of lovely 'Hindi/Blues' style songs with music provided by the Roha Band. Soft and very melodic for the most part with a bit of the Roha Band's big horn/guitar plays for added pleasure. Laid back and silky smooth.
TILAHUN GESSESSE ETHIOPIQUES 17 - 1970-1977 822662 CD 11.99 COL
To Ethiopian audiences, Tilahun Gessesse is THE VOICE, even more so than Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete or Mulatu Astatqe. Endowed with a phenomenal, innate vocal talent, he has been the asbsolute and unequalled icon for an entire country since the fifties, heading up the list of Ethiopian discography. Based around seven 'modernist' pieces arranged by the brilliant and innovative Mulatu Astatqe (Ethiopiques 4: Ethiojazz), these first Ethiopiques devoted to Tilahun Gessesse also present ten other songs accompanied by musicians from the Ethiopian institutional bands: the Army Band, the Exhibition Band, the Police Orchestra, the Body Guard Band.
TILAHUN GESSESSE VOLUME 1 AND 2 MCD-1181-2 CDx2 15.00 COL
The late great Tilahun Gessesse was one of Ethiopia's best known singers with a wonderfully clear and powerful voice that grabs your attention as soon as you hear him. Add to that a smooth backing band who can also sing as well and you're on to a gorgeous double album. The music is modern with some lovely keyboards, bass guitar, drums and beautiful Ethiopian style sax which was produced by Mulatu Astatke. A warm and very easy feel throughout even when the tempo changes up a gear or two. I loved every track and I can't say that about many albums - I could listen to it all day and every day. Originally released as a set of 3 cassettes.

1. YENE MASTAWESHA
2. ANISIYADA
3. MONALISAYE NESH
4. ALICHALKUM
5. MELEYAYET MOT NEW
6. MIGIBIMA MOLTUAL
7. YEHIYWOTE HIWOTE
8. SETIHED SIKETELAT
9. ENGUDAYE NESH
10. KIFU AYINIKASH
11. YEZENBABA MAR NESH
12. FIKIR LEBICHAYE
13. ENE YALANCHI ALINORIM
14. KEMEMOT ALIDINIM
15. TEMARI NEGN
16. SATIWEDEGN WEDIJAT
17. YEHIWOTE ATIR NESH
18. HULUNIM NEGER AYICHEWALEHU
19. JAPANWAN WEDJIE
20. ERE MIN YISHALEGNAL
21. TIZ ALEGN YETINITU
22. BEMISHIT CHEREQA
23. EWEDISH NEBERE
24. MIN YILALU SEWOCH
25. AKAL AYNISHIN
26. OUOUTA AYASIKEFAM
27. MIN LARGACHEW
TSEHAYE YOHANNES YAGERESH LIG NEGN YAG TC 6.75 COL
Wonderfully versatile vocals backed throughout by soft and melodic guitar and sax, probably the Roha Band although not credited on the inlay card their style and precision are almost unmistakable. A truly gifted vocalist who has ever right to be classed amongst the best of Ethiopia's singers. His voice ranges in style from the pleading to the demanding with that exquisit warbling effect turned on and off at will when ever it is needed for emphesis. The slightly more up tempo last track has definitely gone into my favourite songs list as its just gorgeous. (Instrumental fillers at the end on both sides)
TUKUL BAND AND ETHIO STARS AMHARIC HITS PIR44-2 CD £ 12.50
The Ethio Stars (tracks 1-6) and the Tukul Band (tracks 7-11) combined on this album to give a view of modern Ethiopian music and also the more traditional roots music with a mix from various other sources. Which includes soul, jazz, Italian, Arabic and Islamic with a funky influence as well. Both modern and traditional instruments are used to give a very varied content. 1 TIZ BALEGN GIZE
2 ESHET ESHET
3 YETENTU TEZ ALEW
4 KERMOSEW
5 YEKEREME FIKIR
6 ADERECH ARADA, BEFIKIR / MENGED LAY WODIKE
7 BUGALU
8 AKALE WOUBE
9 KONSO MUSIC
10 SOUND OF WASHINT & MASINKO
11 WALLEL BELI
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 1 - GOLDEN YEARS 1969-75 82951-2 CD £ 12.50
1969-1978: the main body of Ethiopian records was produced in less than one decade: all in all, just under 500 45s and around 30 LPs. Amha Ashete, creator of the Amha Records label, was the driving force behind this brief creative burst and one of the main founders of the modernist movement which swept the Erhiopian scene during the end of the rule of the emperor Haile Sellassie. In six years, Amha issued around 250 titles. From his first recordings, Amha Eshete displayed unerring taste in choosing the best independent or otherwise unattached musicians. A compilation with very interesting sleeve notes from the following artists. Muluqen Mellesse (3), Mahmoud Ahmed (3), Seyfu Yohannes (2), Teshome Meteku (4), Getatchew Kassa (2) and Instrumentals (3). {17T/70M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 10 - BLUES AND BALLADS 822222 CD £ 12.50
Featuring Frew Haylou, Muluqen Mellesse, Alemayehu Eshete, Tesfa-Maryam Kidane, Seyfou Yohannes, Mulutu Astatqe, Mahmoud Ahmed, Menelik Wesnatchew and Getatchew Kassa.
Emptiness, melancholy, nostalgia; doom and gloom, morbid musings; heartache or homesickness: such is the stock in trade of the misery and mournful memories expressed by the song Tezeta - Ethiopia's majestic hymn to the blues. Etymologically, the word itself means memory, nostalgia, and several Ethiopian authors have used Tezeta as the title for their memoirs. For Ethiopians, it is the Tezeta genre that seems to capture the essence of the blues.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 13 - ETHIOPIAN GROOVE 82255-2 CD 12.50 COL
An augmented and remasterised reissue of the legendary 'Ethiopian Groove - The Golden 70's' anthology released in the nineties, this selection is a tribute to the heyday of Ethiopian music. It reproduces the final salvos of the musical fireworks before they were brutally extinguished by the dictatorship. 1969-1978: the age of the record was also the golden age of modern Ethiopian music, with brasses largely dominating, be they swinging, thunderous or simply gigantic and landmark vocalists who adapted the tradition to instruments that came from other countries, opening onto the world while staying rooted in their local culture.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 15 - JUMP TO ADDIS 822642 CD £ 11.99
A surprising gathering of Ethiopian, French and Dutch musicians, Jump to Addis presents an exhilarating blend of Abyssinian tradition, jazz revisited and mad rock'n'roll. This daring mix features azmari voices and krar lyres along with European guitars, sax and drums.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 18 - ASGUEBBA! 822892 CD £ 11.99
'Asguebba!' is the Azmari's cry urging listeners to enter into the dance, an invitation carrying the same sexual innuendo as Latino's Va dentro! The recordings on this CD are intended as a continuation of those in Tetchawet! (Ethiopiques 2) and feature most of the artists from the first edition.The songs are accompanied on the meessenqo (one string fiddle), the krar lyre, the kebero drum and the accordion.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 2 - TETCHAWET 90'S 82952-2 CD £ 12.50
A selection of traditional style songs performed by eleven folk cabaret artists. Astonishing is the simplest way of describing this album. The tracks by Misrak Mammo & Mellesse Bonger both of who sing with the Tchista Band - 'Flat Broke Band' and blind singer Djemil 'Jimmy' Mahmed are outstanding. Really good sleeve notes.[13T/71M] Originally wandering minstrels who roamed the old Abyssinian countryside, many azmaris settled down after the founding of Addis Ababa just over a century ago. The cleverest of them understood that they should set up their own business and take a cut on the drinks instead of getting by on tips earned singing their way from one bar to another. They took over the city by giving rise to a musical genre specific to Addis, called bolel, a mix of azmari traditions (praise or sarcasm at will, depending on the size of the tip) and of modern urban culture. Tetchweet, a sort of musical postcard from the Addis Ababa of the 90s, does not pretend to capture all the strands of Ethiopia's contemporary music, and the artists recorded don't necessarily belong to the family of azmaris.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 3 - GOLDEN YEARS 69 - 75 82963-2 CD £ 12.50
In six years (1969-1975) Amha Records issued approx 250 titles. Eight of the songs on this 'Ethiopiques 3' are accompanied by bands affiliated with the police. Indeed, until the very end of the sixties, Ethiopia had no independent modern bands. Musical life was dominated by the institutional bands attached to either the Imperial Body Guard, the Police, the Army, the City of Addis Ababa, Agher feqer Mahber or the Haile Sellasie I Theatre. Each of these institutions, however, developed several firmly demilitarised and even resolutely modern branches. They all vied trying to score one of the major hits of the year with the general public. Tracks from the following, Mahmoud Ahmed 3, Alemayhu Eshete 4,Hirut Beqele 4, Tilahoun Gessesse 2, Tadele Beqele 2, Teferi Felieqe 2 and Muluqen Mellesse 2. 19T/68M
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 4 - ETHIO JAZZ 69 - 74 82964-2 CD £ 12.50
In the Ethiopian musical world, Mulatu Astaqe is atypical and unique. For 30 years he has been an inescapable presence, a virtual statue casting a long shadow over the Ethiopian scene.The singularity of this musician- arranger-composer-innovator-melder of influences-organiser resides in his efforts in favour of instrumental music in a country where musical culture and tradition are strangers to it. A magic set of instrumental tracks drawn from two LPs - 'Ethiopian Modern Instrumental Hits' AELP10 and 'Yekatit - Ethio Jazz / Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Meskel' AELP90 [14T/66M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 5 - TIGRIGNA MUSIC 82965-2 CD £ 12.50
Tigrigna music means music of Tigray ane Eritrea. The majorities in each of these territories share the same language, Tigrigna. Tigrigna music, dominant in Tigray and Eritrea, is quite distinct, both rhythmically and melodically, from Ethiopian music, though both are based on the pentatonic scale. The traditional instruments and musical practices are similar, while their names may vary. Aside from the Tigrean Bezuayene Zegeye, most of the artists featured on this album are of Eritrean origin. Tracks from Tsehaytu Berakia (4), Tewelde Redda (4), Tebereh 'Doris Day' Tesfa-Hunegen (2), Bezuayene Zegeye (3), Beyene Habte (2) and Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi (3). [18T/74M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS ETHIOPIQUES 8 - SWINGING ADDIS 69-74 82982-2 CD £ 12.50
In the sixties there was a Swinging Addis, just as there was a swinging London.
In Ethiopia, as in Europe or the US, the first generations born after the war made their noisy, colourful breakthrough onto the scene. A veritable cultural revolution rather than a simple generational conflict. With music as its common denominator. This volume of Ethiopiques aims to collect the clearest examples of soul, R'n'B and even twist in the recordings of the Ethiopian 'sixties'. The quintessence of the most outrageously cosmopolitan styles - yet so firmly anchored in the local soul.
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM ETHIOPIA CAP21432 CD £ 12.70
A cracker of a compilation with loads of great tracks from the Abyssinia band mixed with more traditional fare. Not to be missed. 72 Minutes 1. MEDINA/ZELESEGNA - LEMMA GEBRE HIWOT
2. YEDEJIH ABEBA NEGN (I AM A FLOWER AT YOUR YARD) - ABYSSINIA BAND
3. AMBASSEL - YOHANNES AFEWORK
4. MIS MEN GIDIFKINI (WITH WHOM DID YOU LEAVE ME) - ABYSSINIA BAND
5. TIZITA - ASNAKECH WORKU
6. ENDENEW YISEMAH (FEEL THE WAY I DO) - ABYSSINIA BAND
7. TIGRIGNA - TEKA TEMA
8. ALEGNTAYE (MY BELONGING) - YARED ORCHESTRA
9. SALAMTA (PRAISE THE LORD) - ALEMAYEHU FANTA
10. YIBERRAL LIBBE (MY HEART IS FLYING) - ABYSSINIA BAND
11. HAYA WOLALOME - SNE BAHEL
12. ANCHIHOYELENE/TIZITA - ALEMAYEHU FANTA
13. ESKETAYEW (TILL YOU FEEL THE WAY I DO) - ABYSSINIA BAND
14. DOWA DOWE - SNE BAHEL
15. TIZITA (MEMORIES) - ABYSSINIA BAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS MUSIC FROM ETHIOPIA TSCD910 CD 12.05 COL
Basic, beautiful and very powerful traditional music and song from Eritrea, the highlands of Ethiopia and from the desert nomads. The vocals are superb and some of them provide a stunning form of percussive rhythm that beats the hell out of Congo pygmy water music and even makes the chants of the Turkish dervishes sound a bit tame. Coupled with traditional instrumentation when needed and the tribal chants and ullahs of the women this is a wonderfully diverse and very listenable album. [31T/75M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS RARE SOUNDS FROM ADDIS ABEBA 31911672 CD 13.85 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS WEDDING SONGS RPM005-4 TC 6.75 COL
Sung is in Amharic by Shimelis Ararso it doesn't look from the title as if its very interesting. However, there you'd be totally wrong as side 'A' is a smashing reminder by former members of what was Ethiopia's foremost group, the Roha Band, of just how good they were. I loved the first two tracks with their rolling sax and guitar line-up although the last track was I thought a bit more suited to a funeral! Still, never mind, over on side 'B' some of the Kenyan group 'Them Mushrooms' give us their versions of some more wedding songs. Almost a 'Knees up Mother Brown' Ethiopian style, they should really have called this album 'Six weddings and a funeral' as its a definite winner! (F.T.Index: A2, A1, B3, B4, B1, B2, A3.) [7T/59M]


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