Thursday, October 17, 2013

 

Yilma Hailu — Tewahido


Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6    

Side B
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10
Track 11
Track 12
  
Not gonna lie. I am into music from Ethiopia/Eritrea in a major way. But even more so, I am getting obsessed with music of a spiritual nature. E.g., this Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mezmur recording is making me straight high. (I got this at an all-Christian music shop in Axum.)

Jumping off point alert: Barcelona's Rádio Web MACBA asked for a podcast so I dug through my tapes and compiled some of my favorite songs of the religious persuasion. Listen and read here.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

 

Seleshe Damessae — Vol. 1




Side A
Agaro
Denbushe Gela
Alehoy
Ambasel
Ya Megale
Aya Ho Ho
Waria Wata

Side B
Segno Maskegno
Ete Mete
Ere Amsale
Chey Belew
Tewale
Neterek
Degegna

Oh, how I love the sound of the krar. The ancient instrument scales pentatonic heights in the attics of my mind. So simple yet so jarringly complex.

If you like this tape, buy Damessae's incredible record that's been ringing in my ears for years now.


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