Aster Aweke

Aster Aweke

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

Side B
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9
Track 10

Aster Aweke! What a revelation this tape is for fans of her early years. Ethiopian Amharic language popular music from one of the undisputed legends.

So smooth, such a rainy night vibe. Aweke’s voice soaring. Mid- or late-1970s, I believe.  The backing band I suspect is Roha Band (nee Ibex Band)… mellow af. Reminds me of the recent Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band reissue.

20 responses to “Aster Aweke”

  1. Thank you very much! So warm and familiar sound. Looking forward to more Ethiopian nuggets.

  2. Errol Montes-Pizarro says:

    I am not sure if the image you posted corresponds to the tracks you shared.

  3. eric says:

    thank you for sharing. have not visited for some time due to tapes not being posted as often. one of my favorite aweke tapes.

    my friend transliterated everything from his tape. there might be some errors. i think you have side a and b switched.

    side a (your side b)
    1) ቢቀር ሰውነትህ ጅንዬው
    2) ወንፈት ሙሉ ሎሚ
    3) ገና ለገና
    4) ጠይም ዘለግ ያለ
    5) ካቡ ተንዶብኝ

    side b (your side a)
    1) አመለኛው ቤቴ
    2) ባይኔ ሙሉ
    3) አይገኝ ከመንደር
    4) አይራ እላለሁ
    5) ይቅር ብዬሃለሁ

    bonus “live” vids:

    this site has a few great aweke tapes (some really not so great one’s as well. just have to skip around to find the older tapes) i’ve downloaded the good tracks here:

    my favorite tape is labeled “ASTER AWEKE 2”

    Here’s a track from the “ASTER AWEKE 2” tape:

    this seems to be tape 3 of the possible 5 tapes she released on kaifa:

    1st was grey acoustic:

    2 tapes with wubishet fiessha

    “ASTER AWEKE 2” from the zefen site and one other one? or at least this is what a friend and myself have been able to find on the web.

    i think her other good tapes were released on electra.

    btw, have you seen Cultural Ethiopian Music youtube channel?

    they’re one of my all time favorite youtube channels. they share a ton of great older tapes (including some incredible aweke tapes. better quality than the link i sent earlier as well. not featured in the link i sent earlier is an incredible tape with walias band: ) . i get almost all of my music exclusively from people sharing their collections on youtube these days.

    sorry for the long winded comment. very happy to see you’re back, and i hope you have more gems to share.

    i’ve been especially interested in tapes from east africa….

  4. Heidi says:

    Beautiful beautiful. Thanks for sharing this music!

  5. Scott says:

    Hi Brendan-

    I would also love a copy! My email is:
    THANK YOU for this kind offer!


  6. Jack says:

    Hi Brendan I would love to hear that tape! My email is, love Jack x

  7. myrrh says:

    Hi Brendan – is too late to get a copy? Just in case, my email is
    Thanks and take care!

  8. Mathew says:

    Hi Brendan, I would also love to hear this Aweke tape if you are still sending links, I just discovered her on Awesome tapes and LOVE.
    Many thanks to you,


  9. Nicole says:

    What a great album! Is it possible to buy a copy? I’ve just found your site and don’t quite get it yet :-)

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