Various Artists / Rough Guide Ethiopia (2012)
Album: Rough Guide Ethiopia (2012)   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Aug 2012
Label:World Music Network  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-08-26 Pull Date: 2012-10-28 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 28 Oct 21 Oct 14 Oct 7 Sep 23 Sep 9 Sep 2
Airplays: 1 1 3 1 2 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 22, 2012: New World Disorder
4. Oct 13, 2012: Music Casserole
Ambassel, Ende Eyerusalem
2. Oct 21, 2012: The Mongrel's Stoop
Musicawi Silt
5. Oct 12, 2012: No Cover, No Minimum
3. Oct 18, 2012: The Sunset Life
Musicawi Silt
6. Oct 07, 2012: The Mongrel's Stoop
Sek'let (Crucifiction)

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2012-08-23
Rough Guide to Ethiopia
Reviewed by Sadie O., 8/23/12
Wide variety of Ethiopian music from the last few decades. Some is very traditional and some is very funky, but quite a few of the tracks have a significant jazz component. Interesting stuff, and even the tracks that aren’t killer are darn good in their own quirky ways…
1. 4:58 ****rooster crowing, then upbeat hiphop with a wide variety of voices, and a super-funky midtempo groove. Just fantastic! (slightly different production from the version on their album in our collection.)
2. 5:14 ***groovy jazz piano intro, adds layers of horns and rhythms, uptempo and polyrhythmic, lead female vocals with distinctively Ethiopian trills. Nice.
3. 4:47 *older, slinky keyboard-and-horn based psychedelia with a jazz tinge. Interesting quavery male vocals.
4. 4:22 **chunky little guitar intro, then big horns and funky free jax. Instrumental. A lot better than I probably make it sound…
5. 2:26 *wheezy flute and percussion. Sounds ancient (all folk instruments) and rather like circus music.
6. 7:23 ***lovely plucked strings and drums, slinky and cool. Almost coloratura femalevocals.
7. 5:11 **low-key keyboards and drums, nice horn section. A bit psychedelic and really cool. Gets all free-form in the middle.
8. 3:23 **truly quark, strangeness and charm. Low-key drone instrument and soft chanting. Noise and Captain Beefheart fans should enjoy this!
9. 5:29 **bowed instrument, bass and female vocals. Rather experimental in nature, but with a basis in traditional music. Gets more rhythmic and uptempo as it goes along.
10. 3:46 **Bop! Uptempo and upbeat “Ethio-jazz”, gruff male vocals.
11. 7:20 ***cool unplugged shuffle, female vocals and truly gnarly guitar. Fun stuff.
12. 4:50 **mellow guitar and hand drums, unschooled male vocals. Has the feel of being sung around a fire in front of a tent at night…
13. 3:52 *very sweet and rather wistful piano, with a sort of WWII era feel.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Bole 2 Harlem Ametballe
2. Dub Colossus Guragigna
3. Mahmoud Ahmed Ohoho Gedama
4. Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests Musicawi Silt
5. Orchestra Ethiopia Datchene Koba (Trio Of Emblitas)
6. Krar Collective Ende Eyerusalem
7. Samuel Yirga Abet Abet (Punt Mix)
8. Zerfu Demissie Sek'let (Crucifiction)
9. Invisible System Ambassel
10. Alemayehu Eshete Ney-Ney Weleba
11. Tirudel Zenebe Gue
12. Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed Mela Mela
13. Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou Homesickness