Another great volume of Ethiopiques! Volume 7 of Ethiopiques series is another expanded re-issue of an LP by Mahmoud Ahmed originally released in 1975. Though there seems to be an abundance of songs by Ahmed from 1975 on volumes 1 and 3, we can't find any overlap with the songs on this album. The songs are the same sort of fusion of American soul and jazz with shuffling rhythms of Ethiopian music. Features "Belomi Benna" and "Bemen Sebeb Letlash".
Volume 6 of the fantastic Ethiopiques series is an expanded re-issue of the first lp by Mahmoud Ahmed plus his first single from 1971. While not as clearly influenced by American soul and jazz, there are a few funky cuts that are pretty nice! Most of these songs flow with a groove unique to Ethiopian music -- and although Ahmed's songs appear throughout the Ethiopiques series, only one of these songs appears on other volumes ("Kulun Mankwalesh"). With the groovy "Nafqot New Yegodagn" and "Yasdestal".
This volume of the Ethiopiques series is the one that veers closest to what we think of as the traditional modern sound of Africa. The cycling stringed instruments, the chanting vocals, the handclaps, all remind one of juju music. Not that that's a bad thing. In fact, this might be the best single disc of traditional African music to emerge in the years prior to 2001. Most of this music is from the northern region of Eritrea and marked by a ring of singers and dancers who gradually increase the speed and complexity of their clapping and ululating to the point of frenzy. This is haunting stuff, not as mind-blowing as the sunglassed funk of the other volumes of the series, but charming in its way and a vital chapter in the musical history of the region.
Mulatu Astatke (born 1943; surname also spelled Astatqé; Amharic: ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. Later he combined his jazz and Latin music influences with traditional Ethiopian music.
100 Days, 100 Nights - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (2007)
01. 100 Days, 100 Nights 02. Nobody's Baby 03. Tell Me 04. Be Easy 05. When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle 06. Let Them Knock 07. Something's Changed 08. Humble Me 09. Keep On Looking 10. Answer Me
Sharon Jones (born May 4, 1956) is an American soul/funk singer and lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, who are widely considered to be at the forefront of a revivalist movement that aims to recapture the feeling of soul and funk music as it was at its height in the late 1960s to mid 1970s. Despite trying to forge a career as a professional singer since an early age, it has only been in her middle age that Jones has experienced breakthrough success.
01. Latin Soul Drive Is Here - Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives 02. King Of Latin Soul - Joey Pastrana 03. Psychedelic Baby - Joe Cuba Sextet 04. Stand - The Harvey Averne Band 05. I'm Gonna Leave You - Russel Cohen Y La New Yorkers 06. Soul Gritty - Ralph Robles 07. You Need Help - Monguito Santamaria 08. Kool It (Here Comes The Fuzz) - Jimmy Sabater 09. Use It Before You Lose It - Bobby Valentín 10. Fat Papa - Charlie Palmieri 11. Deep - Quetcy Alma 12. Electric Latin Soul - Flash & The Dynamics 13. Apewalk - Al Escobar 14. Get It Right - Alfredito And His Orchestra 15. Chacon Pata Pata - Chacon 16. African Twist - Eddie Palmieri 17. Lazy Boogaloo - George Guzman 18. Mama's Girl - King Nando 19. Hit De Bongo - Tito Puente & His Orchestra 20. Chicarrones - The Latin Gents
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