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Ethiopiques, Vol. 5: Tigrigna Music
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Ethiopiques, Vol. 5: Tigrigna Music
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Volume 5 in this remarkable series focuses on the music of Eritrea and Tigray (now a province of Ethiopia), the cradle of the Abyssinian Empire and homeland of the Queen of Sheba. Like the Ethiopian selections found elsewh...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Ethiopiques, Vol. 5: Tigrigna Music
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Buda Musique
Original Release Date: 1/12/1999
Release Date: 1/12/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 3307518296527, 723723422927, 3700368401781, 330751829652

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Volume 5 in this remarkable series focuses on the music of Eritrea and Tigray (now a province of Ethiopia), the cradle of the Abyssinian Empire and homeland of the Queen of Sheba. Like the Ethiopian selections found elsewhere in the series, these were recorded in the late '60s and early '70s, a very modernist period for the region. Tigrina music has less overtly present jazz and R&B influences than its counterparts from Addis Ababa, retaining its own distinct rhythms and melodies, with the krar and tcherawata being the dominant instruments. These rare recordings are often political; especially of note are the banned recordings of Tekle Teska Ezghi, never released prior to his imprisonment by the new Ethiopian junta in 1975, and issued here for the first time ever. Excellently notated, Ethiopiques 5 continues the high standards of the series. --Derek Rath

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A Very Special CD
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 04/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the only CD I have seen totaly dedicated to Tigrigna music. The songs here are mostly from the early 70's. The first four songs are by the great singer and Krar player Tsahaytu Berakhi. These are marvelous songs and great performances. The rest of the CD is also great and shows Tigrigna music at its best. Track 11 is an attempt by Mulatu Astatke to make a Jazzy version of a Tigrigna song. To me it is interesting but not on the level of the rest of the CD. A must for all Ethiopian and world music fans."