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VariousEthiopiques Volume 19 – Mahmoud Ahmed: Alemye ... CD
Buda (France), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Mindblowing work from Mahmoud Ahmed – one of the key figures of Ethiopian music in the 70s, and a singer with a voice that's beyond compare! The sound here is extremely hard to describe – at one level grooving with some of the funk and jazz undercurrents of the work of Mulatu, but at another level done with a deeper sense of modernism that makes the tunes come across even more starkly. The album predates Ahmed's seminal Ere Mela Mela album – and on some tracks, is harder and funkier –with rhythms that pulsate in a really hypnotic way! Instrumentation includes some great hazy keyboards, as well as a brace of horns that emphasizes the themes of the tunes – and titles include "Gubelye", "Alemye", "Wogenie", "Etugula", "Belaya Belaya", "Ney Denun Tesesh", and the amazing Tezeta". CD

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✨✧ VariousEthiopiques Volume 26 – Mahmoud Ahmed & Imperial Bodyguard Band ... CD
Buda (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing and overlooked chapter of modern Ethiopian music – work recorded by a vaguely military ensemble – the Imperial Bodyguard Band! The group's got a sound that's great enough on its own – loads of offbeat rhythms, unusual horn passages, and otherworldly sounds – all very much in the best spirit of 70s Ethiopian music. But they've also got a "secret weapon", too – vocalist Mahmoud Ahmed, who's singing here on some of his earliest recordings! A military band seems a strange outlet for music this groovy – but that's a tension that's noted clearly in the notes, which get at the fascinating development of the combo. The collection is another feather in the cap of the excellent Ethiopiques series – and features rare work from singles we'd never have heard otherwise! Titles include "Ebo Lala", "Eneman Neberu", "Tchela Atbey", "Alem Alem", "Endet Lelefew", "Enqu Messay", "Kantchi Gar Kalhone", "Feqer Bezebezegen", and a great version of "Tezeta". CD
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VariousEthiopiques Volume 25 – Modern Roots 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Buda (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
An amazing return to form for the Ethiopiques series – wonderful cuts from that early 70s moment when Ethiopian music was really exploding with new ideas! If you've dug some of the other sets in the series – especially those by Mulatu, Tlahoun Gessesse, and Mahmoud Ahmed – you'll find plenty to love here – as the rhythms are exotic, the instrumentation unusual, and the sounds out of this world – really amazing stuff that breaks down any conventions you might expect – exactly that fresh spirit that's been taken up by so many younger artists in recent years. As with other volumes, notes are both in English and French, with lots of images too – and titles include "Wefe Yelala" by Damtew Ayele, "Gebre Guratch Gute" by Abbebe Tessemma, "Yakolele" by Gemetchu Itana, "Kasegnesh" by Tlahoun Gessesse, "Balendjere" by Abayneh Dedjene, "Yeborena Game" by Hayle Werque, and "Ayamaru Eshete" by Essatu Tessemma. CD

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✨✧ VariousMore Ethiopian Soul & Groove – Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 3 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Buda/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Mahmoud Ahmed, "Gedamay" by Getatchew Mekurya, and "Metche New" by Asselefetch Ashine & Getenesh Kebret. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousEthiopiques Vol 1 – Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music 1969 to 1975 ... CD
Buda (France), Late 60s/Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning stuff from the early 70s – one of the richest moments in the history of Ethiopian popular music! Haile Sellassie's reign was nearing its end, and the country was in the grip of a new renaissance of modernist ideas. To the rest of us, this means that the music scene was absorbing and mixing in a lot of strong influences from around the globe – and on this CD you'll hear funky rhythms, reggae bits, soulful vocals, and lots of other influences, all filtered through a strange sensibility that makes the results come out sounding amazingly otherworldly! There's 17 cuts on this first volume, and work is performed by Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulugen Mellesse, Getachew Kassa, Teshome Meteku, and Seyfu Yohannes. Also includes a few great instrumentals by lost artists! CD

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✨✧ VariousEthiopiques Vol 8 – Swinging Addis 1969-1974 ... CD
Buda (France), Late 60s/Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest of the Ethopiques series! Like the best volumes in this series, this 8th one features some killer tunes with a hard soul approach – recorded in Ethiopia, but clearly influenced by the American funk of the late 60s and early 70s! The arrangements are mad mad mad – with plenty of incredible guitar work, tight bass-driven rhythms, and a screaming funk sound that makes the CD feel like a pile of funky 45s done in a language you can't understand! Includes work by Girma Beyene, Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Lemma Demissew, and Samuel Belay. Essentially funky! CD

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✨✧ VariousEthiopiques Volume 28 – Ali Birra – Great Oromo Music ... CD
Buda (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Ethiopiques series returns to that early 70s stretch that made its earliest releases so great – and serves up some classic work from singer Ali Birra – a really great discovery from this golden age of music! Birra works here in a style that's referred to as oromo music – and which is a bit different than some other Ethiopian work of the time, yet oddly familiar too! The grooves have a touch of Mulatu's exoticism, and the vocals have the same hypnotic feel we love in Mahmoud Ahmed – spun out with a soulfulness that's instantly compelling, even if you can't understand the language – and which communicates volumes just through its tone and timing. Most tracks here are from the years 1973 and 1975, but the set also features a few late 60s rarities too – plus full notes in both English and French. Titles include "Awash", "Waa Silleen Indararuu", "Eshurruru", "Si Jaalallee", "Si Inhanbisin Warri", and "Abbaa Lafa". CD

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