Showing posts with label [keyboards]. Show all posts
Showing posts with label [keyboards]. Show all posts

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Daniel WoldeGebriel - Joseph [2012] [ethiopia]

Daniel Woldegebriel - D Major Kidasse

Daniel WoldeGebriel - 01 - Yehiwote Hiwot (6:00)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 02 - Eremamo (3:46)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 03 - Meshe (7:29)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 04 - Harkefun (4:59)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 05 - Enie Eyewededkwat (7:33)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 06 - Tizita (6:47)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 07 - Endehaygenur (5:39)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 08 - Yenie Welela (7:18)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 09 - Sebereta (6:08)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 10 - Mesheta Bet (6:06)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 11 - Helimen (5:15)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 12 - Abatachin Hoy (6:16)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hailu Mergia - Instrumental Music [1983] [ethiopia]

    R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D    

           Instrumental album of Hailu Mergia. These tracks came to me without tags, only with 1983 as year of release (ethiopian or western calendar, I dont know).

Hailu Mergia - 01 - Hailu Mergia (8:29)
Hailu Mergia - 02 - Hailu Mergia (7:18)
Hailu Mergia - 03 - Hailu Mergia (6:40)
Hailu Mergia - 04 - Hailu Mergia (8:23)
Hailu Mergia - 05 - Hailu Mergia (8:36)
Hailu Mergia - 06 - Hailu Mergia (8:30)
Hailu Mergia - 07 - Hailu Mergia (6:54)
Hailu Mergia - 08 - Hailu Mergia (7:04)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dereje Mekonnen - Dereje Mekonen With Shebele Band [ethiopia]

                  Dereje Mekonnen began his career in the early 1980s as a keyboardist in the Ibex band, who accompanied the R&B singer Mahmoud Ahmed on three albums. He then founded the formation Dallol, a reggae band with whom he played in Chicago and accompanied Ziggy Marley on his albums Conscious Party (1988) and One Bright Day (1989), which were awarded the Grammy. 

              After numerous tours with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, he founded the band Gizzae in 1991, with whom he performed primarily in Chicago and the Midwest of the USA. He also worked with Ethiopian musicians such as Tilahun Gessesse and Ephrem Tamiru. He also produced the first album of Ejigayehu Shibabaw, One Ethiopia (1998). 

                     Dereje Mekonnen died at the age of 49.

Dereje DJ Makonnen - Alemen Zorialehu [ደረጄ መኮንን አለምን ዞሪያለሁ]

Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 01 - Etitu Beredegn (6:13)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 02 - Yagere Lidje (6:34)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 03 - Selewebetu Sadenk (5:02)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 04 - Atawerulegn Lela (4:33)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 05 - Laley Laley (Tegregna (6:14)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 06 - Temar Lidje (5:49)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 07 -Emu Eadigere (Guragegna) (4:23)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 08 - Besebara Fole (6:23)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 09 - Shilela (3:52)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 10 - Hagerua Wasa Megera (4:43)
Dereje Mekonen with Shebele Band - 11 - Yaleselesea (Oromegna) (4:27)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Teodros Makonnen (with Mulatu Astatke) - Memories [2000] [ethiopia]

Teddy Mak - Wetatuan Lij

Teodros Makonnen - 01 - Japanwan Wedije (6:54)
Teodros Makonnen - 02 - Ere Min Yishalegneal (4:54)
Teodros Makonnen - 03 - Senibet (3:26)
Teodros Makonnen - 04 - Setihed Siketelat (3:04)
Teodros Makonnen - 05 - Temari Negne (3:45)
Teodros Makonnen - 06 - Ene Yalanchi Alnorem (4:11)
Teodros Makonnen - 07 - Anisiyada (4:49)
Teodros Makonnen - 08 - Tiz Alegne Yetintu (4:01)
Teodros Makonnen - 09 - Ououta Ayaskefam (2:37)
Teodros Makonnen - 10 - Alchalkum (3:42)
Teodros Makonnen - 11 - Ewedish Nebere (3:47)
Teodros Makonnen - 12 - Kifu Ayunkash (4:52)
Teodros Makonnen - 13 - Meleyayet Motnew (6:54)
Teodros Makonnen - 14 - Jazz (4:05)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daniel WoldeGebriel - Slow Tracks [2011] [ethiopia]

Daniel WoldeGebriel - Piano Improvisation

Daniel WoldeGebriel - 01 - Ambasel (8:03)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 02 - Kalien Atiybgne (5:03)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 03 - Gidyelem (4:36)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 04 - Endenie Sewinet (7:16)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 05 - Endemalselechat (6:09)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 06 - Betizita Kignit (5:53)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 07 - Kumetish Loganew (7:01)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 08 - Worashi Yata Fikir (6:32)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 09 - Tizita (8:42)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 10 - Melkam Wuleta (7:19)
Daniel WoldeGebriel - 11 - Tizitashe Zewetir (6:52)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yishak Banjaw - Love Songs Vol. 1 [ethiopia]

Yisak Banjaw - Workalem

       Yishak Banjaw, composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey Minimal-Wave gems creates an ultra hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere, a sound that you have never experienced before. A genuine talent who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level...

Yishak Banjaw - 01 - Keyah Eya Neyra (5:08)
Yishak Banjaw - 02 - Seberta (6:17)
Yishak Banjaw - 03 - Work Alem (7:29)
Yishak Banjaw - 04 - Agermerboba (7:39)
Yishak Banjaw - 05 - Haba Haba (3:51)
Yishak Banjaw - 06 - Memote New Eko (5:49)
Yishak Banjaw - 07 - Seberta (7:13)
Yishak Banjaw - 08 - Chenki Nay Kiltena (7:04)
Yishak Banjaw - 09 - Hayati Hayati (6:27)
Yishak Banjaw - 10 - Tana Dar New Betua (4:23)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Yishak Banjaw - Love Songs Vol. 7 [ethiopia]

       Yishak Banjaw, composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey Minimal-Wave gems creates an ultra hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere, a sound that you have never experienced before. A genuine talent who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level..

Yishak Banjaw - Gonder

Yishak Banjaw - 01 - Amalele (7:38)
Yishak Banjaw - 02 - Sadule (5:52)
Yishak Banjaw - 03 - Gonder (5:40)
Yishak Banjaw - 04 - Yene Hasab (6:34)
Yishak Banjaw - 05 - Tegregna (10:29)
Yishak Banjaw - 06 - Abaye Molalesh (6:43)
Yishak Banjaw - 07 - Bertukane (7:25)
Yishak Banjaw - 08 - Sudan (5:42)
Yishak Banjaw - 09 - Askeregn Neger (5:00)
Yishak Banjaw - 10 - Eyewat (8:44)
Yishak Banjaw - 11 - Muna (6:57)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Dereje Mekonnen - Tarik [ethiopia]

       Dereje Mekonnen began his career in the early 1980's as a keyboard player in the Ibex band, which accompanied the singer Mahmoud Ahmed on three albums. Then He founded the formation Dallol, a reggae band with which he concerted in Chicago. He also accompanied  Ziggy Marley on his albums Conscious Party (1988) and One Bright Day (1989), which were awarded the Grammy. After numerous tours with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, he founded band Gizzae in 1991, with which he appeared mainly in Chicago and the Midwest of the USA. He also worked with Ethiopian musicians like Tilahun Gessesse and Ephrem Tamiru. Dereje also produced the first album of Ejigayehu Shibabaw, One Ethiopia (1998). 

Dereje Makonnen died young, at the age of 49 years.

Ibex Band - Yezemed Yebada

       To most of his adoring fans that got close to knowing him by first name, he was just simply known to them as "DJ" and more importantly to his own family and ours, we called him Dereje. The 5th one down from a family of eleven (also his favorite chord progression...) and in my humble opinion: the most gifted keyboard player there is among Ethiopian Musicians. 

      Dereje "DJ" Makonnen was not one to drop names nor pre-occupy his time and energy with whom he has worked with and/or help bring them to stardom, he wanted to play music since he can actually see the blueprint of what the song should be each time the singer/artist bring the lyrics and the "Zema" (pronounced Zay_MAH: a word in amharic which means melody). 

     Dereje Makonnen was one of the key element in revolutionizing modern Ethiopian Music (meaning using non-traditional musical instruments) He was always playing the guitar [his favorite instrument] the keys and also the bass at the forefront of trying new sounds and arrangement styles that no one was attempting. Many of the current Ethiopian musicians refer to him as a mentor.

Dereje Mekonnen - 01 - Che belew (3:49)
Dereje Mekonnen - 02 - Anchi Hoye (5:28)
Dereje Mekonnen - 03 - Ethiopia (5:00)
Dereje Mekonnen - 04 - Yekermo sew (4:52)
Dereje Mekonnen - 05 - Mamaye (3:51)
Dereje Mekonnen - 06 - Yidenekal (5:16)
Dereje Mekonnen - 07 - Ambassel (4:18)
Dereje Mekonnen - 08 - Sileyat (4:21)
Dereje Mekonnen - 09 - Tarik (3:06)
Dereje Mekonnen - 10 - Eyuat sitinafikegn (4:52)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - [1985] - [ethiopia]

              Hailu Mergia was born in Debre Birhan, Showa Province, Ethiopia in 1938 (1946 in the European calendar) to parents Tewabech Ezineh and Mergia Lulessa, who were of Amhara and Oromo ancestry, respectively. His mother took him to Aynemisa, close to Addis, where he grew up from age 3 until he was 10 when they moved to the capital Addis Ababa.

                Hailu went to Shimelis Habte high school but dropped out before graduating. In 1952 (1960 in European calendar), he joined the army music department as a boy scout to support his mother. Mergia stayed in the army almost two years, learning how to read and write music.

                After Hailu left the army, he started singing in small bars as a freelance musician. He joined various pick-up bands, touring across the Ethiopian provinces as a singer and accordion player for almost a year. After the group broke up, he started performing in nightclubs like Addis Ababa, Patrice Lumumba, Asegedech Alamrew, Sombrero, Zula Club and others. At Zula Club he and his mates formed Walias Band and did something no other band in Ethiopian nightclub history had done: they started buying their own musical instruments. Until then the club owners were supplying the instruments and had the power to fire musicians at will.

Zula Band 

             For the first time ever Walias Band signed a contract with the owner of Venus Club as a group thereby protecting themselves from club owners. Mergia and Walias Band went on to do gigs at hotels like Wabi Shebele and the Hilton.

             After playing almost eight years at the Hilton Hotel, Mergia and Walias Band came to the United States and toured widely in 1982-1983. Afterwards, some of of the band stayed in America while others went back to Addis. That was a heartbreaking time for the band. They considered themselves a family, and they knew they had broken new ground in the history of Addis nightclub musicians. They had helped make the Ashantis Band from Kenya famous in Addis.

         They were the first private band who played for state dinners at the palace for the Derg government (twice). And, they were the first private band to tour the USA. After the break-up of Walias Band, Mergia settled in the States and formed Zula Band with Moges Habte and Tamiru Ayele, playing in different restaurants and touring in the States and Europe.

             At that time, Mergia made a one-man band recording with accordion for the first time, mixing in Rhodes electric piano, Moog synthesizer and a rhythm machine. That was 1985. This recording was inspired by the early memories of his first instrument, the accordion. After the break-up of Zula Band in 1992, he quit performing and ran Soukous Club for seven years with his partners Moges and Tamiru.

          Hailu Mergia weaves Moog DX7 synthesizer, Rhodes electric piano and rhythm machine into the rich harmonic layering of his accordion, creating hauntingly psychedelic, elegantly arranged instrumentals. These tunes draw from famous traditional and modern Ethiopian songs, as Hailu brilliantly matches lush Amhara, Tigrinya and Oromo melodies with otherworldly flavors soaked in jazz and blues, synthesizing a futuristic landscape. He balances Ethiopian music's signature melodic shape with beautiful analog synth touches, floating upon clouds of hypnotically minimal rhythm tracks.

       Nowadays he's making his living as a self-employed taxi driver at Dulles International Airport while continuing to record his music and practice as often as possible. 

Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 01 - Akal Aynish (7:46)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 02 - Kotume (7:00)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 03 - Ere Min Yishalegnal (6:54)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 04 - Ayaskefam (7:15)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 05 - Alamnim (8:39)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 06 - Wusheten New (5:58)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 07 - Hallo Hallo (6:33)
Hailu Mergia and Zula Band - 08 - Engidaye Nesh (7:44)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Daniel WoldeGabriel - Adona [2005] [ethiopia]

Daniel WoldeGabriel - Befikirish Meyaze

Daniel Woldegabriel - 01 - Kiber Temesigen  (5:06)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 02 - Hodie Baba  (4:12)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 03 - Bati  (8:44)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 04 - Demam  (6:02)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 05 - Ethiopia  (4:26)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 06 - Adona  (4:37)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 07 - Bawetaw Baweridew  (3:43)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 08 - Meroleyo  (6:16)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 09 - Wahoye  (5:04)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 10 - Atibelam Enguday  (4:54)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 11 - Minjar  (5:18)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 12 - Kenenisa  (5:40)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 13 - Belay Zeleke  (4:19)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 14 - Konjo  (7:50)
Daniel Woldegabriel - 15 - Wedehuala Hedesh  (3:06)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

[unknown artist] - [1976] - Ethiopia

           As promised in the the last post, there is a new internet discovery for the my readers. My thanks for this recording go to Brian Shimkowitz, the author of a famous Awesome Taped from Africa blog. We exchanged some tapes in a short correspondence, and he sent me a rip of this cassette by an unknown author. I have been trying to find the author of the music, but in spite of listening to a number of albums by various authors from different periods, I have been unsuccessful. I have thought that it might be one of the " lost editions" of Haile Mergia, ( with the dominant keyboards sounds ) but Brian, who has published his albums, would have cracked this first. 

                 I hope some of the readers would solve the mystery and let us know, and it would be briliant, as it is a fantastic album. The cassette itself is not the best quality, but the sound is satisfactory. The recording dates back to 1976, I assume according to Ethiopian calendar, which would be around 1983-4. Analogue synthesizers and the sound quality are typical for Ethiopian ediitons from this period. 

                 My thanks go to Sirack Hailu for the translations of the titles. 

Enjoy, and get in touch with your suggestions.

unknown artist - 01 - Tezeta (4:29)
unknown artist - 02 - Fekir endegena (4:58)
unknown artist - 03 - Zengadaw Dereku (3:37)
unknown artist - 04 - Gumegum (4:23)
unknown artist - 05 - Nefese New Zemedea (3:29)
unknown artist - 06 - Atematlenem way (3:36)
unknown artist - 07 - Misterawi Debdabe (4:34)
unknown artist - 08 - Uuta (3:18)
unknown artist - 09 - Aya belew belew (4:19)
unknown artist - 10 - Yemenfes Kurana (5:00)
unknown artist - 11 - Endegena (4:22)
unknown artist - 12 - Yehewyate heywot (6:00)
unknown artist - 13 - Tezaalen Agere (8:08)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kibrom Birhane - Kibrom's Tizita [2014] [ethiopia]

visit his website here >

             Kibrom Birhane is Ethiopian Pianist, Multi Instrumentalist / producer / songwriter / Record / Mix engineer, arranger and composer passionate about Ethiopian folk, world, pop, jazz and gospel music. 

                 Kibrom started his musical career in a very early stage of his life, and had the opportunity to work, perform and record with musicians from all over the world. While attending Los Angeles College of music, he was fortunate to learn under great musicians such as: Sean Halley (Vinnie Colaiuta, Jerry Marotta, Richard Marx), Andre Knecht, Andrew Murdock (Godsmack, Alice Cooper, Linkin Park), Dave Pozzi (Celine Dion, Diana Krall), Howie Shear (George Benson, Stevie Wonder), Tony Inzalaco (Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon) and many others.

Kibrom Birhane - Zelesegna  ዘለሰኛ

           Learning how to play the krar, a five stringed traditional Ethiopian lyre, at age 8, Kibrom Birhane found himself enthralled by Orthodox chanting. “Always it moves me when I hear music,” he says. And from that time on he knew he wanted to pursue a career in music. Kibrom eventually began teaching piano to other students for about three years before receiving a scholarship to attend the Los Angeles College of Music where he developed a passion beyond Ethiopian folk music, and became a songwriter and composer focusing on the fusion of Ethiopian folk with jazz and gospel sounds. His debut album entitled ‘Kibrom’s Tizita’ was recently released by Tsehai Records, a new division of Tsehai Publishers. Kibrom describes his new album as “an exploration of Ethiopian heritage through folk and pop music with a jazz backbone.”

           Kibrom is also a record and mixing engineer and says he “learned to play all of these different roles over time, and with that came new innovations” in his music and sound. His solo pieces are among his most personal works, and Kibrom shares that they are “an expression of what I feel at the moment. I don’t study or learn solos; I just play them.”

           Kibrom hopes to reach the younger generation with his music. He sees the power of fusion as a way to expose individuals to Ethiopian music while adopting a style that is already familiar to them (such as jazz). Kibrom has already garnered some success including writing the score for the documentary film ‘Sincerely Ethiopia,’ singing in the award-winning documentary ‘Get Together Girls,’ and composing music for the documentary on the African Union’s 50th year celebration.

     “The raw sincerity of Birhane’s music seeks to make strong connections with listeners as they are transported on a musical journey. And a journey it is – Kibrom uses Ethiopian scales, which are rarely heard in Western music. The distinct nature of these scales makes for hypnotic listening,” states Tsehai Records.

Kibrom Birhane - 01 - Pending Prayer (4:06)
Kibrom Birhane - 02 - Yonas Gorfe Tribute (5:10)
Kibrom Birhane - 03 - Simagne Hageree (4:25)
Kibrom Birhane - 04 - Wazema (5:26)
Kibrom Birhane - 05 - Broken but Beautiful (10:06)
Kibrom Birhane - 06 - Jiret (7:02)
Kibrom Birhane - 07 - Psalm 92 (4:47)
Kibrom Birhane - 08 - Kibrom's Tizita (feat. Etsegenet Mekonnen) (5:03)
Kibrom Birhane - 09 - Zelesegna (4:30)
Kibrom Birhane - 10 - Ambassel (feat. Etsegenet Mekonnen) (4:34)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Imperial Tiger Orchestra - [2013] - Wax [swiss+ethiopia]

Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Le Le Le

       After two albums and a short but well-documented history, Imperial Tiger Orchestra (aka the Tigers) strikes back with a mighty new album, “Wax”, comprising nine killer tracks of tight funk and free-spirited trance wrapped in luscious arrangements. Still inspired by African masters – but not necessarily those you might have thought of – The Tigers have this time delved into the traditional azmari repertoire to uncover astonishing nuggets of synth- and horn-heavy grooviness. Get ready for a journey into the heart of Ethiopia.

          When Imperial Tiger Orchestra first started unravelling the yarn of Ethiopian Music from the Golden Age (1969 – 1975), no one expected the thread to be so long and no one knew where it might end.

          Inspired by original albums that the band found while shopping for rare musical gems on a first visit to Addis Ababa in 2009, Imperial Tiger Orchestra released a first record in 2010, the aptly-named Addis Abeba, which explored

          Ethiopian music from the 70s – when traditional Ethiopian brass bands began feeding off American soul. The second release, Mercato, veered towards a more pop-inspired repertoire from the 80s, and the latest release goes one step further, taking the listener deeper into Ethiopian culture, from the unique sounds of the azmari repertoire to the hypnotic groove of the major tribes.

       After three years touring Europe, Imperial Tiger Orchestra has acquired a solid reputation as a mighty groove machine. The band has also taken its acid riffs to the African continent, touring South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe back in 2010. Having been invited to Addis Ababa by the renowned producer of the Ethiopiques series, Francis Falceto, the Tigers were proud to meet many of the local musicians who work to reshape traditional Ethiopian music. Based in and around Geneva, Switzerland, Imperial Tiger Orchestra has also worked with musicians and dancers from the Ethiopian diaspora, receiving their rewarding approval and blessing for their own original take on Ethiopian music.

        Wax: 80s synths meet traditional kebero percussions and daring rhythms. Gorgeous horn arrangements enwrap powerful bass lines and saturated electronic beats. All of this in a room where the sun pierces through the walls, where spirits dance and bodies are entranced.


1. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Konso    06:19 
2. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Lelele    04:55
3. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Yasheryshery   05:33 
4. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Bechereka moshete   05:15 
5. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Che Belew    04:01
6. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Shered    03:21
7. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Tgeregna   07:03
8. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - El Naas Elgiafa   04:38
9. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Sudani Tune   04:16 

   band members :  

Raphael Anker - trumpet, keyboard 
John Menoud - sax, electronics 
Alexandre Rodrigues - keyboards 
Cyril Moulas - bass, phin, krar, guitar 
Luc Detraz - kebero, pads, kayamb 
Julien Israelian - drums, wax machine 
Getu Tirfe - dance 
Emebet Tezazu - dance