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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Colonel Lemma Demissew - 7 songs [ethiopia]











          One of the most successful musicians of the 1970s and 80s Colonel Lemma Demissew has died at the age of 68 on Saturday, August 24th 2009. A pianist, composer, singer and arranger, Lemma was the leading musician of Armed Forces band, a band that has entertained the army and visiting heads of states for decades. Among his appreciative audiences were Fidel Castro of Cuba, Libya’s Muammar al-Qaddafi and the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

        His songs such as “Astawesalehu” “Adrashas Tefabegn” and “Des Balagnalech” are still popular hits. Lemma also maintains reputation for arranging many of Mahmoud Ahmed’s and Alemayehu Eshete anthological vinyl records.







Lemma Demissew - አስታዉሳለሁ ( Astawsalehu )





          Born in Welisso in 1940, Lemma studied high school at Hailemaryam Mamo Secondary High School in Debre Birhan town and at the age of 15 joined the music section of the Armed Forces. There among other things he taught himself to play clarinet. Lemma impressed his superiors with his unique vocal style, demonstrating both outstanding range and the influences of western music. During his time in the Armed Forces, he has taken many musical courses, including a six-year-training in conducting in Soviet Union.

        Lemma has composed a number of official army songs by frequently abandoning the traditional rules and disciplines. He created new harmonies and pioneered new musical forms in which to present his musical ideas. Part of his success was the result of his mastery of the pleasant, tuneful style of piano. The single “Astawesalehu Mech Eresalehu” was his first hit and his talent for melodious, sentimental ballads became his most distinguishing feature. This music remains Lemma signature work and a favorite hit on local radio stations.

          Starting as simple soldier in 1974 he became an army commander and conductor of the roving marshal band. His advancement was rapid. His personal charm and his artistic abilities were partly responsible for his rapid advancement in the army.

       When Lemma resigned in 1993 after the army was disbanded, he was colonel. Even after that, he was much sought as a piano teacher by many, and his long list of students was a roster of the young and the old.






Lemma Demissew - ሰው መሳይ ሾካኮች  (Sew Mesay Shokakoch)





            In May 2009 when the Alliance Ethio-Francise organized the 8th Ethiopian Music Festival has chosen to honor Lemma and Sahle Dagago, another notable arranger and composer who is at present in poor health. Comparing it with Sahel Degago, Francis Falsetto described Lemma’s music as a feverish modernist, deeply inspired by the electric wave born on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

       Getachew Debalqe, a renowned stage personality, described Lemma as a hardworking and diligent musician. Getachew told Addis Journal that he was able visit Lemma two days before his demise. “I was lucky to be able to see him on Thursday. He didn’t say much but was able to utter some words.” Lemma had a stroke few years ago that has left him paralyzed.


            Bahata Gebrehiwot, a musician of Lemma‘s era, said Lemma was a great musician. “He has had a tremendous musical achievement yet remained very modest and reserved.” Bahta remarked though Lemma was able to lead his family autonomously, he hasn’t much of financial fortunes. “Like many other musicians, he hasn’t made much use of his music and hasn’t got the recognition he deserved,” says Bahta.





Lemma Demissew - 01 - Adrashash Tefabegn (2:52)
Lemma Demissew - 02 - Almaz enqu mesay (3:48)
Lemma Demissew - 03 - Astawesalehu (4:05)
Lemma Demissew - 04 - Konjo Lij Ayiche (4:05)
Lemma Demissew - 05 - Kulun Man Kualeshe (6:37)
Lemma Demissew - 06 - Kurtun Negerygn (2:05)
Lemma Demissew - 07 - Lezelalem Nuri (2:30)





Friday, November 24, 2017

Nega Addisu - Ambassel Tewesta Instrumental Vol 6 [2017] [ethiopia]













Ambassel






Nega Addisu - 01 - Guramayle (6:37)
Nega Addisu - 02 - Esele (7:31)
Nega Addisu - 03 - Selamu (4:15)
Nega Addisu - 04 - Gumaye (6:39)
Nega Addisu - 05 - Mejemeriya Fikri (4:58)
Nega Addisu - 06 - Segemeye (5:47)
Nega Addisu - 07 - Leminey (6:38)
Nega Addisu - 08 - Meley (7:31)
Nega Addisu - 09 - Saba Sabina (6:00)
Nega Addisu - 10 - Bekutaki (5:44)
Nega Addisu - 11 - Keren Tse'ada (5:47)




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Damakase - Gunfan Yellem! [2016] [ethiopia]











       Endris Hassen (The Ex, Ethiocolor, Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Nile Project, MistO-MistO etc) and Cory Seznec (Groanbox, Seznec Bros, solo, MistO-MistO, etc) joined forces in late 2014 to fuse sounds from east and west Africa. Hungry for a fuller sound, they brought in Misale Legesse (Ethiocolor, Addis Acoustic Project, etc) on kebero and Cass Horsfall on bass (Black Jesus Experience, Jazmaris, etc) to flesh things out and create Damakase, a name which comes from a plant used in traditional medicine in Ethiopia to heal "gunfan" (cold/flu) and other ailments. 
       By late 2015 they had enough songs for an album, and asked Kenny Allen to come in as producer. 









       Gunfan Yellem! (translated roughly as Fever No More!) is an album recorded live in Cory's Glasshouse Studios. 

      Guest artists were invited to add a little spice here and there, and Kenny fine tuned and tweaked the mix to perfection. 


      The music is comprised of 6 originals and two covers (Wuba by the Eritrean composer Tewelde Redda, and Mother's Love by the Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou).





Damakase - Tizita Gourd





Damakase - 01 - Wuba (4:09)
Damakase - 02 - Tizita Gourd (4:20)
Damakase - 03 - Wassorai Asho Mada (4:21)
Damakase - 04 - Mother's Love (4:27)
Damakase - 05 - Batten Down the Hatches (4:01)
Damakase - 06 - Southern Bound (5:18)
Damakase - 07 - Tizu Konjo Wusha (3:16)
Damakase - 08 - Damakase (3:29)











Damakase is: 

Cass Horsfall - bass, vocals 
Cory Seznec - guitars, ngoni, banjos, vocals 
Endris Hassen - masenqo, vocals 
Misale Legesse - kebero, percussion, vocals 



Guests: 

Kaethe Hostetter - violin 
Mesele Asmamaw - krar 
Mesfin "Baby" Shiferaw - vocals 
Ralf Werner - cello 
Yann Seznec - piano, pump organ






Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fereheiwot Hailemichael - Negeregn [2017] [ethiopia]
















Fereheiwot Hailemichael - Negeregn





Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 01 - Negeregn (3:48)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 02 - Hulum Dehna (4:20)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 03 - Zemaye (4:05)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 04 - Abebaye (3:29)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 05 - Tizeta (2:14)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 06 - Alawedaderehem (0:53)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 07 - Adelegne (5:53)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 08 - Geremegne (4:52)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 09 - Amen (4:04)
Fereheiwot Hailemichael - 10 - Awawale (3:28)





Friday, November 10, 2017

v.a. - Ethiopian Hit Parade Volume 1 [1972] [ethiopia]












Abbèbè Tèssèmma - Ashasha bèyèw


















































Alèmayèhu Eshèté - 01 - Addis Abeba Bete (4:33)
Girma Bèyènè - 02 - Sét alamenem (5:28)
Gèmètchu Itana - 03 - Shemèrmari tiya (4:31)
Sèyfu Yohannès - 04 - Tezeta (5:21)
Abaynèh Dèdjèné - 05 - Yèbèrèha lomi (3:33)
Tèshomè Meteku - 06 - Gara ser nèw bétesh (3:15)
Menelik Wèsnatchèw - 07 - Asha gèdawo (4:26)
Muluqèn Mèllèssè - 08 - Hédètch Alu (5:17)
Mulatu Astatqé - 09 - Yèkèrmo Sèw (4:15)
Essatu Tèssèmma - 10 - Ayamaru Eshèté (4:00)
Abbèbè Tèssèmma - 11 - Ashasha bèyèw (3:35)






Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jazzmaris - Jazzmaris live at Guy's Bar [2016] [eth+ger]











Jazzmaris is a quartet from Ethiopia and Germany, playing since 2007 in Addis Ababa and elsewhere. The composition of the group is: drums, bass, electric guitar and alto saxophone.

Their music’s are Ethiopian melodies played as own arrangements with various influences like Jazz, Rock and improvised music.

The group’s name is a creation of the words Jazz and Asmaris. Asmaris are the traditional musicians of Ethiopia.They play and sing since centuries, expressing the feelings and opinions of the people.

Jazzmaris is giving Ethiopian music a new expression and sound








Jazzmaris - Ye Faransay Djelba (live at Guy's Bar)





The repertoire of Jazzmaris is mostly modern Ethiopian songs of singers like Mahmoud Ahmed, Girma Beyene, Muluken Melesse, Telahoun Gessesse and others. The aim of the group is to play Ethiopian music in a fresh way, giving the music a new expression and sound.




Jazzmaris - 01 - Ene Negn Bai Manesh (10:55)
Jazzmaris - 02 - Ye Fikir Wodmet (Bemin Sebeb Litlash) (12:13)
Jazzmaris - 03 - Mado Hanee (7:56)
Jazzmaris - 04 - Musicawi Silt (10:06)
Jazzmaris - 05 - Ye Faransay Djelba (6:28)
Jazzmaris - 06 - Yekatit (4:35)
Jazzmaris - 07 - Meche New (12:24)
Jazzmaris - 08 - Almaz Ye Hararwa (9:59)
Jazzmaris - 09 - Fikir Ende Kirar (7:33)
Jazzmaris - 10 - Aynotche Terabu (13:09)






musicians: 

Henock Temesgen - bass
Nathannael Tessema - drums 
Jörg Pfeil - guitar 
Olaf Boelsen - alto saxophone





Monday, October 23, 2017

Melaku Tegene - Ambassel Tewesta Instrumental, Vol. 4 [2017] [ethiopia]












Melaku Tegegne - Mela Tistegn




Melaku Tegene - 01 - Yenate Weleta (6:11)
Melaku Tegene - 02 - Eyekesekesegn (6:40)
Melaku Tegene - 03 - Addis Fikir (5:11)
Melaku Tegene - 04 - Ezam Ezam (5:38)
Melaku Tegene - 05 - Men Bedelkut (5:28)
Melaku Tegene - 06 - Mech Begenzeb (5:28)
Melaku Tegene - 07 - Fikrun Belebe (5:42)
Melaku Tegene - 08 - Amrobetal (7:06)
Melaku Tegene - 09 - Kentu Sega (6:35)
Melaku Tegene - 10 - Sekeken New (4:29)
Melaku Tegene - 11 - Aywetagnem Kefu Neger (7:11)




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Woubeshet Feseha / Wubshet Fisseha - unknown album [1984] [ethiopia]





   R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   



















       Great ethiopian groove !!! 

     1976 is the release date in the Ethiopian calendar; that makes it 1984 in the Gregorian calendar.




Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ejigayehu 'Gigi' Shibabaw - One Ethiopia [2000]


   R   E   U   P   L   O   A   D   











01. Gigi Shibabaw - Ande Ethiopia (6:42)
02. Gigi Shibabaw - Eeske Meche (6:37)
03. Gigi Shibabaw - Na (6:38)
04. Gigi Shibabaw - Salayew (5:46)
05. Gigi Shibabaw - Gera Geru (6:09)
06. Gigi Shibabaw - Abo Shemane (5:31)
07. Gigi Shibabaw - Adey Abeba (6:26)
08. Gigi Shibabaw - Gela (6:47)
09. Gigi Shibabaw - Kwass Media (6:04)
10. Gigi Shibabaw - Amnalehu (6:37)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jossy Kassa - Teneshina Abrie, Vol. 2 [2010] [ethiopia]













Jossy Kassa - Athidibgn





Jossy Kassa - 01 - Teneshina Abrie (5:52)
Jossy Kassa - 02 - Alebegn Tezeta (7:03)
Jossy Kassa - 03 - Getea Kegna Gare (5:46)
Jossy Kassa - 04 - Tew Belew Enge (6:24)
Jossy Kassa - 05 - Menore Alchelem (6:06)
Jossy Kassa - 06 - Weletaw Alebegn (6:04)
Jossy Kassa - 07 - Geze Alew Lehulu (8:00)
Jossy Kassa - 08 - Fetognalena (6:12)
Jossy Kassa - 09 - Medehanialem (5:48)
Jossy Kassa - 10 - Altewem Mamesgen (5:48)
Jossy Kassa - 11 - Eyerusalem (5:49)
Jossy Kassa - 12 - Eyesus (5:46)





Friday, July 21, 2017

Eyob Mekonnen - Erotalehu [2009EC] [2017] [ethiopia]














Eyob Mekonnen - Erotalehu




Eyob Mekonnen - 01 - Semahuachew (6:09)
Eyob Mekonnen - 02 - Tekekel Nesh Anchi (5:01)
Eyob Mekonnen - 03 - Tetereche (4:58)
Eyob Mekonnen - 04 - Yegabezkuachew (4:45)
Eyob Mekonnen - 05 - Wehajira Welale (3:42)
Eyob Mekonnen - 06 - Wede Enate Bet (5:28)
Eyob Mekonnen - 07 - Man Yawekal (5:54)
Eyob Mekonnen - 08 - Tew Yalshignen (5:29)
Eyob Mekonnen - 09 - Andebete Tenager (5:22)
Eyob Mekonnen - 10 - Say (3:44)
Eyob Mekonnen - 11 - Yelef (6:03)
Eyob Mekonnen - 12 - Zim Elalehu (3:50)
Eyob Mekonnen - 13 - Endet Beye (6:15)
Eyob Mekonnen - 14 - Erotalehu (5:36)









Saturday, July 15, 2017

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw - Alemiye / Gubiliye ... and ... Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw - Ereye Demamu/Belayiye / Sabiye [1974] [ethiopia] FLAC












Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw :    Alemiye / Gubiliye

Philips PH 214 A

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Alemiye – Amharic
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke

Philips PH 214 B

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Gubiliye – Amharic
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke


Year: 1974 

Record pressed in Nairobi, Kenya by East African Records Ltd.





   Mulatu Astatke feat. Belaynesh Wubante and Assegedetch Asfaw - Alemiye   



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Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw:  Ereye Demamu/Belayiye / Sabiye


Philips PH 213 A

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Ereye Demamu/Belayiye – Amharic
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke


Philips PH 213 B

Belaynesh Wubante & Assegedetch Asfaw: Sabiye – Amharic
Written by Belaynesh / Assegedetch 
Arranged by Mulatu Astatke



Year: 1974 
Record pressed in Nairobi, Kenya by East African Records Ltd.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teddy Afro - Ethiopia [2017] [ethiopia]















Teddy Afro - Ethiopia [ ኢትዮጵያ ]






Teddy Afro - 01. Ethiopia ( ኢትዮዺያ)  6:37
Teddy Afro - 02. Sembere (ሰምበሬ)   4:42
Teddy Afro - 03. Fiker Eske Mekabir ( ፍቅር እስከ መቃብር)   7:25
Teddy Afro - 04. Anna Neyattu (አና ነያቱ)  5:12
Teddy Afro - 05. Mematsene (መማፀኔ)  5:00
Teddy Afro - 06. Tamolishal (ታሞልሻል)  5:33
Teddy Afro - 07. Yamral (ያምራል)  5:50
Teddy Afro - 08. Emma Zend Yider (እማ ዘንድ ይደር)  5:37
Teddy Afro - 09. Atse Tewodros (አፄ ቴዎድሮስ)   7:58
Teddy Afro10. Marakiye (ማራኪዬ)   5:07
Teddy Afro11. Amen (አሜን)   6:05
Teddy Afro12. Adey (አደይ)   5:28
Teddy Afro13. Nat Baro (ናት ባሮ)   4:20
Teddy Afro 14. Olan Yezo (ኦላን ይዞ)   5:18