This Rough Guide bursts at the seams with everything from golden age Ethio-jazz to contemporary dub-club fusion. Classic tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete appear alongside Krar Collective, Dub Colossus and more.
Whether it conjures up legendary marathon runners, the rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, richly brewed coffee, Rastafarian spirituality, tumbling waterfalls or steaming hot springs, Ethiopia is a country famed for diverse reasons. Home to 82 million residents, the landlocked country is also birthplace to a multiplex of brilliant musics.
On The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia, the 'Golden Age' of recorded Ethiopian music is paid homage to via tracks by seminal Ethio-jazz musicians Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete. Other handpicked gems are selected from the Ethiopiques album series produced by Francis Falceto, an aficionado and scholar of rare Ethiopian records. The energetic music of saxophone prodigy Getatchew Mekuria references the long history of military brass bands in the country fused with a thoroughly modern rock ethos.
Track Listing :
02 - Dub Colossus - Guragigna
03 - Mahmoud Ahmed - Ohoho Gedama
04 - Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests - Musicawi Silt
05 - Orchestra Ethiopia - Datchene Koba (Trio Of Emblitas)
06 - Krar Collective - Ende Eyerusalem
07 - Samuel Yirga - Abet Abet (Punt Mix)
08 - Zerfu Demissie - Sek let (Crucifixion)
09 - Invisible System - Ambassel
10 - Alemayehu Eshete - Ney-Ney Weleba
11 - Tirudel Zenebe - Gue
12 - Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed - Mela Mela
13 - Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou - Homesickness
02 - Gondar Sub
03 - Tizita
04 - Dark Entries
05 - Skunk Funk
06 - Azmari Fuse
07 - Maljam Kehnoelish (If This Is What You Want)
08 - Oumabetty
09 - Hode Baba (I'm Worried He's Moving)
10 - Mama Yey
11 - Fiten Azorkugn (I Turned My Face Away)
African , Ethiopian
Teen , Young Adult , Thirty-Something , Young At Heart
Made In Hong Kong
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