Two Ethio funk tracks with a heck of a lot of power! MahmoudAhmed is on the a-side – singing in that beautifully melancholy style of his, while the backing group his this funky groove with chunky organ and some nicely peppered horns, too! There's more great organ on "Ene Negn Bay Manesh" – a track from Girma Beyene that's pretty freewheeling on the vocal tip, but nicely funky in the groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Saif Abu Bakr & The Scorpions —
Jazz ... LP Private (Italy), Early 80s. New Copy ...
A rare gem from the Sudanese scene at the start of the 80s – played by a group who definitely deliver the jazz in the title, but who also open up with lots of other unusual elements too! The music here has a similarity to some of the tracks we love in the Ethiopiques series – sometimes the exotic grooves we'd expect to hear from Mulatu, sometimes the heavenly vocals we love in MahmoudAhmed – but these guys also have a strong sax-heavy sound, too – which results in some great solos on some of the instrumental tracks, and very soulful accompaniment at other moments – bridging cultures with their presence, even when the other instrumentation might have more of an east African vibe! Some of the best tracks get downright funky – much more in an early 70s mode than we'd expect – and although the lack of language prevents us from telling you more, we can say that the record has an instant sort of sonic power. LP, Vinyl record album
A very unique version of funk – wonderful sounds cut during the golden years of Ethiopian music in the late 60s and early 70s – presented here in a sweet vinyl-only sampler that brings together the best bits from the long-running Ethiopiques CD series! The collection is filled with mindblowing tracks – the sort of revolutionary funk numbers that have had the Ethiopian scene continuing to influence the world of funk over the past few decades – with styles that have been picked up by artists on Daptone, Truth & Soul, and other labels – but never done so well as on these originals. Many cuts have an exotic, other-worldly sort of vibe – but also borrow soul and jazz touches from American music as well – and the collection features ten tracks that include "Astawesalehu" and "Adrashash Tefabegn" by Lemma Demissew, "Yehagere Sheta" by Tlahoun Gessesse, "Mela Mela" by Sefu Yohannes, "Aynotche Terabu" by MahmoudAhmed, "Ayalqem Tedenqo" by Alemayehy Eshete, and "Tessaassategn Eko" by Bahta Gebre-Heywet. LP, Vinyl record album
Mad music that's unlike anything else we can think of – a killer collection of funky grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – offered up here on a vinyl-only compilation! The set's a great one if you've heard the music of Mulatu, but want to dig a lot deeper – as the cats included on this set are most of his contemporaries from the golden years of Ethiopian music – and most of them work in a similar offbeat, other-worldly sort of style! Rhythms are skittish, horns are hypnotic, and the vocals on some of the tracks have a weird appeal that really transcends the boundaries of language – almost like another instrumental element that fits in wonderfully with the heavy grooves underneath. Titles on the collection are pulled from various volumes of the Ethiopiques series – making this set kind of a distillation of all its greatness. Tracks include "Yebeqagnal" and "Ene Negn Bay Manesh" by Girma Beyene, "Queresh Endewaza" by Samuel Belay, "Ewnetegna Feqer" by Hirut Bequele, "Lomiwen Teqebeletch" by MahmoudAhmed, "Gedamay" by Getatchew Mekurya, and "Metche New" by Asselefetch Ashine & Getenesh Kebret. LP, Vinyl record album