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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Amaan Nyafaroo - Biyyee Fi Biyyakoo [2017] [ethiopia]












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

Asnakech Worku & Alemu Aga - Ende Jerusalem [1996] [ethiopia]


                   

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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.





Asnakech Worku




       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.




Alemu Aga

       (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

Shewankochew, Shibabaw, Egziabher - Love songs from Ethiopia [1997]





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   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






                                             
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ketema Mekonnen - Ketema 70's [ethiopia]













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 - Asnakech and Ketema [ethiopia]














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

v.a. - Ethiopian Wedding, Vol. 1 [2016] [ethiopia]














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)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tamene Mekonnen - Tamene Mekonnen and His Krar [ethiopia]











Interview with Kirar Player Tamene Mekonnen - Part 1





Tamene Mekonnen - 01 - Che belew (7:32)
Tamene Mekonnen - 02 - Hulum sew (5:04)
Tamene Mekonnen - 03 - Ambassel (6:49)
Tamene Mekonnen - 04 - Tekelkel (4:37)
Tamene Mekonnen - 05 - Tezeta (3:51)
Tamene Mekonnen - 06 - Gum - gum (2:31)
Tamene Mekonnen - 07 - Fanno - Erminew menew (5:37)
Tamene Mekonnen - 08 - Gra gebagn (4:07)
Tamene Mekonnen - 09 - Temesgen (4:21)
Tamene Mekonnen - 10 - Ibakesh atrakign (3:32)
Tamene Mekonnen - 11 - Ante ager zor bel (6:15)
Tamene Mekonnen - 12 - Satenaw (5:02)






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)



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hamelmal Abate - Marewa [ethiopia]






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   Hamelmal Abate, born in Harar, Ethiopia, is the queen of Ethiopian music. Her incredible voice and timeless arrangements appeal to traditional and modern tastes alike, which is why her live shows play to sold out crowds around the world.










      

01. Hamelmal Abate - Behig Belulign (5:48)
02. Hamelmal Abate - Ehud Bemaleda (5:26)
03. Hamelmal Abate - Marewa (7:07)
04. Hamelmal Abate - Tew Demam (4:57)
05. Hamelmal Abate - Anten New (7:06)
06. Hamelmal Abate - Leyu Jano (6:23)
07. Hamelmal Abate - Gelaye Zemede (6:27)
08. Hamelmal Abate - Nafikehalehu (7:51)
09. Hamelmal Abate - Manem Sew Alireta (4:18)
10. Hamelmal Abate - Essalihalehu (4:46)




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)




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Anmut Kinde (Habtu Nigatu) - Traditional Instrumental [ethiopia]















Anmut Kinde (Habtu Nigatu) - Ye Wahint Engurguro






Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 01 - Yenem Hager Hager (6:50)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 02 - Gedam Endegeba (4:47)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 03 - Endegena (6:47)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 04 - Oromigna (5:16)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 05 - Shemonmanye (5:32)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 06 - Eyewat sitenafikegn (5:18)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 07 - Gum Gum (6:18)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 08 - Etalem Sirew Betishin (6:00)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 09 - Guragigna (4:12)
Anmut Kinde (Habutu Nigatu) - 10 - Mushiraye Yetibarek (6:47)





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)