Monday, June 21, 2010

Ethiopiques Vol 5 - Tigrigna Music: Tigray/Eritrea 1970-1975 (1999)

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.

01. Aminey - Tsehaytu Beraki
02. Medjemerya Feqrey - Tsehaytu Beraki
03. Hadarey - Tsehaytu Beraki
04. Bazay - Tsehaytu Beraki
05. Memona - Tsehaytu Beraki
06. Milenu - Tsehaytu Beraki
07. Adey Weladitey - Tebereh Tesfa-Hunegn
08. Welladka Hazile - Tebereh Tesfa-Hunegn
09. Ab Teqay Qerebi - Tewelde Redda
10. Nehadar Zeytkewen - Tewelde Redda
11. Furuyti Ayni - Bezuayene Zegeye
12. Deqi Adey - Bezuayene Zegeye
13. Netsela May-May - Bezuayene Zegeye
14. Embi Ila - Beyene Habte
15. Tefqereni Zeneberet - Beyene Habte
16. Abadit - Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi
17. Ab Qetri Berhan - Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi
18. Selam Temagwet - Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi

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