Now’s as good a time as any to make sure you have “immersing myself in the music of Teshome Wolde” on your musical bucket list for the summer this year. Get started with this insanely good tape from one of my fave labels Marathon Music Shop. #timelessguragignaoldies
Teshome Wolde is a Gurage singer who worked with Roha Band, Dahlak Band (a group that featured Hailu Mergia) and others. As usual, YouTube holds the key to a spectrum of guragigna music videos and songs. When you finish basking in Teshome Wolde’s diverse catalog, take a broader look at this rarely-discussed-outside-Ethiopia zone of neo-folk music. It swings hard like it some kind of 1950s soda fountain rockabilly band with this four-on-the-floor vibe against hand claps and hypnotic repetitions. Throw in some deeply soulful vocalists and gurage music is really something to shout about.