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Ethiopiques, Vol. 1: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music
Genres: World Music, Pop
Japanese release, a live album featuring his best solorecordings, the most popular songs from his days withEurope eand cuts from Norum's latest studio endeavor. 16tracks in all, including 'Night Buzz', 'Make A Move','Good ... more »
Japanese release, a live album featuring his best solorecordings, the most popular songs from his days withEurope eand cuts from Norum's latest studio endeavor. 16tracks in all, including 'Night Buzz', 'Make A Move','Good Man Shining', 'Face The Truth' and 'Opium Trail'. 1997Zero release.
True Ethiopian nostalgia
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 02/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection presents songs from what to me are the best years of Ethiopian music (1969-1975). The first three songs are by Muluken Melesse, who enjoys some kind of a legendary status among Ethiopians. These songs justify his reputation. His voice is really extraordinary, and the band plays in what was then a new style in Ethiopian music, which was more rythmic and smooth than the earlier "police orchestra" style. Muluken is followed by Mahmud Ahmad, in songs that are well known and sound as good as any. The two songs by Seyfu Yohannes are very special "Mela Mela" and "Tizita". These are arranged and performed so well that you wonder why he did not become a star. Four songs by Teshome Metuku are in the highest standard - Jazzy arrangements and mellow singings. There is the classic Tizita by Getachew Kassa, which to me is one of the best two versions ever recorded (the other is Muluken's version). Three instrumentals by Mulatu Astatke's band add to this classic CD, especially "Hewete" which should be recognized as one of the most beautiful Ethiopian instrumentals ever recorded. This collection makes you wonder where has all this talent disappeared, and sure makes you ask for more of the same."
Don't miss this one.
B. Swenson | 12/14/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wild, beautiful Ethiopian Deep Soul music - this album is sublime. Definitely in the same league of ethnic R&B as the great Intensified Ska reissues, but with the conspicuous presence of middle eastern and eritrean melodies and innovation. I would recommend this to any sensitive person who loves authentic music of any sort."
Different, but definitely cool!
B. Swenson | Grand Junction, CO United States | 12/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will keep this short. First, check this out on the MP3 digital download, which is far cheaper, albeit a couple of songs fewer. You definitely need a love for the eclectic, but this music is infectious. It is performed with passion and intensity. There is both ska and reggae influence (or is it the other way around). I know nothing about Ethiopian "pop" music, but this is way, way cool IMHO."