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Ethiopiques, Vol. 3: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music
Various Artists
Ethiopiques, Vol. 3: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Sub-titled 'Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music (1969-75)'. UK compilation drawn from the catalogs of Amha Records and Kaifa Records. The Artists may be unfamiliar but the musical heritage contained within is hugely rew...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Ethiopiques, Vol. 3: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Buda Musique
Original Release Date: 7/7/1998
Release Date: 7/7/1998
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 723723335821

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Sub-titled 'Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music (1969-75)'. UK compilation drawn from the catalogs of Amha Records and Kaifa Records. The Artists may be unfamiliar but the musical heritage contained within is hugely rewarding. Vibrant and sassy urban pop, Arabic elements mixing sinuously with low down funk 'n' roll. Standard jewel case.

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Amazing Ethiopia
Jesse Calcat | Rochester, MI USA | 07/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD exemplifies the artistic ingenuity of the Ethiopian people. Though the music is quite obviously very Westernized, employing electric guitars, drum kits, saxophones, and even muted trumpet solos, the music retains native Ethiopian elements, such as a propensity toward triple meter rhythms, strict adherence to a variety of pentatonic scales, and the use of the Amharic language. This music truly was the golden age of modern Ethiopian music. Many of these recordings were the last of their kind to be released before the oppressive and all too long-lasting Marxist regime of Mengistu Hailemariam came to power.

This CD showcases some of the superstars of Ethiopian pop music - Muluqèn Mèllèssè, Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Tlahoun Gèssèssè, and Mahmoud Ahmed, just to name a few. The music ranges from the fun - 'Yèqondjowotch Mendèr', sung by Hirut Bèqèlè, with the groovy and bouncy Police Orchestra jamming on saxophones, trumpets, drums, and electric guitar. Hirut sings a happy melody about the 'village of the beauties,' where none are as handsome as her lover - to dramatic - 'Tènèsh kèlbé lay', where Muluqèn Mèlèsse begs for his heart to be left alone by the torments of love - to energetic - 'Kèlkeyelegn', sung by Tèfèri Fèllèqè, backed by the Army Band. The song starts with a funky 60's organ and brass over an undulating bassline, with bright electric guitars imparting an almost Kenyan sound - to sexy - 'Sèlam Almazeyé', Mahmoud Ahmed's famous song about his passionate love for the beautiful Almaz.

I've only been listening to Ethiopian (and Eritrean) music for about a year so fare, but this is yet another jewel from the wonderful Ethiopiques series. I highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the music of this overlooked and misunderstood land."
Musique Ethiopiques, vol. 3
David Oettinger | Ossining, NY United States | 03/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Each track on this CD is a gem. Just when you think it can't possibly get any better, the next track is. It is hard music to describe... If you enjoy Om Kulsum you will be in a good position to start with this, although this is probably more broadly accessible than Om Kulsum. Some of it sounds almost like some older Indian and Japanese pop music. These people certainly listened to James Brown and you can hear Motown and central African influences, but an artist like Muluqen Mellesse takes these influences and makes something new and beautiful. Read the lyrics translated in the informative insert that comes with this CD. Everything about this collection is wonderful."
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Ralph Covert | Chicago | 04/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow, what a gem. A marvelous fusion of traditional Etheopian music and funk which works on every level."