Sunday, February 1, 2009
Elias and Fred chilling out!
I was first introduced to Ethiopian music by a friend of mine called Elias Araya.
He had bought a couple of tapes with Aster Awake when he was visiting Ethiopia that he would play.
Her voice felt so foreign and made such a strong impression on me.
I listened so much to her songs that I started making up stories of what they were about.
It was very expressive, sometimes mysterious sometimes romantic.
The sound on the tapes were charmingly lowfi with allot of distortion and crackling noises.
I've tried desperately to find those songs but it must be old rare material, nothing you can find on itunes ; )
Ethiopia has 80 different ethnic groups each associated with a unique sound of music.
I would love to go there one day.
Not only becouse its one of the oldest countries in the world and has yielded some of humanity's oldest traces but to be able to buy all the tapes I want!!
Aster Aweke-Bedesasa Gojo
Eshet Belaw by Neway Debebe
Neway Debebe ana Tsehaye Yohannes