Thursday, October 17, 2013
Yilma Hailu — Tewahido
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
Aya Ho Ho
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.