One of our favorite compilations in this amazing series – a killer batch of 70s funk from Ethiopia! The instrumental grooves are very much in the style of the best American work at the time – like tracks by James Brown or Kool & The Gang – but the vocals have this amazing other-worldly feel that makes the music sound totally unique, and which pulls out some strange pitches in the instrumentation that really gives the whole thing a wild and edgey feel! The set's got 17 tracks in all – none of which you've probably heard before – and titles include "Tashamanaletch" and "Wededku Afqerkush" by Alemayehu Eshete, "Muziqawi Silt" by Wallias Band, "Gedawo" and "Gud Aderegetchegn" by Ayalew Mesafin, "Ya Djaleleto" and "Antchin Yagegnulet" by Tamrat Ferendji, and "Yemendjar Shega" by Muluqen Mellesse
These recordings are almost all from 1976 and 1977, so it's last-gasp-time before the military dictatorship clampdown killed off that golden age. Another very solid Ethiopiques compilation that will both satisfy the series' veterans and whet the appetite of newcomers...
01. Tashamanalétch (She Stirs Up Covetousness) - Eshèté, Alèayèhu 02. Ewnètègna Feqer (A True Love) - Abbèbè, Tesfaye 03. Mètch Ené Terf Fèlèghu 04. Wèdèdku Afqèrkush (I'm in Love, I Love You) - Eshèté, Alèayèhu 05. Antchin Yagènulèt (When They See You) - Fèrèndji, Tamrat 06. Muziqa Muziqa 07. Atraqègn (Don't Go Away from Me) - Haylè-Michael, Tèzè 08. Yèmendjar Shèga - Menguistu, Shèwalul 09. Muziqawi Silt [Instrumental] - Bèyènè, Girma 10. Djemeregne - Menguistu, Shèwalul 11. Feqer Aydèlèm Wèy (Isn't It Love?) - Mèsfin, Ayalew 12. Ya Djalèléto (My Beautiful Beloved) - Fèrèndji, Tamrat 13. Tegel Nèw - Haylè-Michael, Tèzè 14. Gud Adèrègètchegn (She Shattered Me) - Mesfin, Ayalèw 15. Gèdawo (The Lucky One) - Mesfin, Ayalèw 16. Mètché Nèw (When?) - Sissay, Tèshomè 17. Amlak Abét Abét (Lord, I Pray of You) - Sissay, Tèshomè
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