Ethiopiques, Vol. 1: Golden Years of Modern Music

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This first volume of the Ethiopiques series just begins to show the scope of the golden age of Ethiopian music, loving assembled, remastered, and annotated. What's obvious is the influence of American soul and blues, the former quite apparent in the Memphis groove of Muluquen Mellese's "Wetetie Mare," with its smoking bassline. Mellese himself has a very androgynous voice, unlike Mahmoud Ahmed, one of the major early Ethiopian stars, whose 1975 tracks sound like Arthur Conley singing in Aramaic, with "Yeqer Memekatesh" a true undiscovered soul classic. The three instrumental pieces that punctuate the disc have a wonderful smoky sound, like late-night jazz played by Booker...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This first volume of the Ethiopiques series just begins to show the scope of the golden age of Ethiopian music, loving assembled, remastered, and annotated. What's obvious is the influence of American soul and blues, the former quite apparent in the Memphis groove of Muluquen Mellese's "Wetetie Mare," with its smoking bassline. Mellese himself has a very androgynous voice, unlike Mahmoud Ahmed, one of the major early Ethiopian stars, whose 1975 tracks sound like Arthur Conley singing in Aramaic, with "Yeqer Memekatesh" a true undiscovered soul classic. The three instrumental pieces that punctuate the disc have a wonderful smoky sound, like late-night jazz played by Booker T. and the MGs. The 1969 cuts from Teshone Meteku could only have come from that decade, with "Yezemed Yebaed" eerily reminiscent of "Black Magic Woman" in everything but its guitar work. But the most revolutionary pieces are from Getatchew Kassa, whose reinterpretations of the revered traditional "Tezeta," in both slow and fast versions, go utterly against history, making the piece relevant for the young -- which, after all, is what rock, hip-hop, and every other movement have done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1998
  • Label: Buda Musique
  • UPC: 723723226020
  • Catalog Number: 82951
  • Sales rank: 68,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hédètch Alu - Muluqen Mellesse (5:17)
  2. 2 Wètètié Maré - Muluqen Mellesse (3:36)
  3. 3 Eté Endénesh Gèdawo - Muluqen Mellesse (4:15)
  4. 4 Giziè Dègu Nègèr (3:42)
  5. 5 Yeger Mèmèkatesh (5:14)
  6. 6 Aynotché Tèrabu (4:03)
  7. 7 Ewnèt Yèt Lagegnesh (2:46)
  8. 8 Tezeta - Sèyfu Yohannès (5:21)
  9. 9 Mèla Mèla - Sèyfu Yohannès (3:26)
  10. 10 Bèmgnot Alnorem (2:40)
  11. 11 Gara Ser Nèw Bétesh - Tèshomé Meteku (3:15)
  12. 12 Yèzeèmèd Yèbaed - Tèshomé Meteku (3:52)
  13. 13 Mot Adèladlogn - Tèshomé Meteku (4:06)
  14. 14 Hasabé - Tèshomé Meteku (3:58)
  15. 15 Heywèté (5:16)
  16. 16 Tezeta - Gétatchew Adamassu (5:09)
  17. 17 Tezeta - Gétatchew Adamassu (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mahmoud Ahmed Track Performer
Sèyfu Yohannès Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Equators Arranger
Karen Albrecht translation
Mulatu Astatke Arranger
Jack Garnier Graphic Design
Girma Béyéné Arranger
Tèsfa Maryam Kidané Arranger
Tèshomé Meteku Composer
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