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ETHIOPIQUES SERIES

Discover the musical treasures of the Ethiopian 60’s music scene, one of the most interesting music out of Africa.

8 LPs reissues of albums taken from the amazing Ethiopiques CD collection of Ethiopian music. Since 1997 the series has been bringing the treasures of the Ethiopian music scene of the 60s and 70s to a wider audience, including some of the founding fathers like Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed and Tilahun Gessesse.

The series was known by the global groove diggers for years, but reached a larger audience thanks to the Jim Jarmusch movie “Broken Flowers”, which largely used Ethiopian jazz in its soundtrack. Some classic titles to be filed alongside Fela Kuti, Kenyan funk or Malian music.

These vinyls were previously released by l’Arome production, we re-printed the vinyl in better quality (180g, heavy cardboard sleeves), with original artwork.

Découvrez les trésors de la musique éthiopienne des 60’s et 70’s, l’une des musiques africaines les plus riches et passionnantes.

8 disques extraits de la formidable collection Ethiopiques qui depuis 1997, a permis de faire découvrir à un large public les trésors de la scène éthiopienne des années 60 et 70, y compris certains des pères fondateurs tels que Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed et Tilahun Gessesse.

La série est bien connue par les chercheurs de Global Groove depuis des années, mais a atteint une audience plus large grâce au film de Jim Jarmusch “Broken Flowers”, qui a largement utilisé le jazz éthiopien dans sa bande son.

Ces vinyles étaient déjà sortis et exploité par l’Arome production. Nous les ré-éditons avec des meilleurs pressages (180g, pochettes épaisses) ainsi que des reproductions fidèles des pochettes originales.

La plupart de ces disques sont des classiques de la musique groove à classer à coté des albums de Fela Kuti, des classiques de Funk Kenyan ou de la musique malienne.

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WE HAVE A FULL PACK SPECIAL OFFER!!

Buy the whole 8 LP series and save 24€!

Achetez la série complète et économisez 24€!

Quality sound taken from the original master, 180g vinyl, heavy cardboard sleeve and original artwork.

Full Pack includes:

* ETHIOPIAN URBAN MODERN MUSIC VOL.2

* ETHIOPIAN MODERN INSTRUMENTALS HITS

* ETHIOPIAN SOUL AND GROOVE VOL.1

* MAHMOUD AHMED – ERÈ MÈLA MÈLA

* ETHIOPIAN URBAN MODERN MUSIC VOL. 5

* MORE ETHIOPIAN SOUL AND GROOVE

* MULATU ASTATKE – ETHIO JAZZ

* TLAHOUN GESSESSE

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ARTIST : MULATU ASTATKE
TITLE : Ethio Jazz

Reissue of the original ethiopian vinyl album.
The Ethio Jazz album by Mulatu Astatqé is a jewel of the modern Ethiopian music and a mythical album, since the beginning of Ethiopian music reissues (mainly on Buda Musique). An incredibly groovy Ethiopian record, originally from 1969-1972. Amazing orchestral ‘Ethio-groove’ filled with US soul, jazz, sometimes Latin and the deepest Eastern rhythms, even including some great nasty and dirty fuzz guitars. A true gem of Ethiopian modern instrumental music, which illustrates perfectly this symbiosis of strong rhythms and quality arrangements of subtle yet deep Ethiopian melodies. A must for all ’60s/’70s collectors! In the Ethiopian musical landscape, Mulatu Astatke is a unique musician, composer, arranger. His real contribution consists in his action for instrumental music, in a country where orchestral traditions doesn’t exist. For the last 30 years, he is the leading head of the Ethiopian musical scene. First vinyl reissue and definitely one of the most important Ethiopian music albums.

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ARTIST : VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album : Ethiopian urban modern music Vol.1

Urban Ethiopian music stands out within the African continent thanks to its creativity and originality. Whatever the shade — pop, blues, jazz or soul — it comes from a fusion of local musical traditions mixed with an echo of Western music. It bewitched Ethiopia during the ‘Swinging Addis’ decade before recently winning the favors of a well-informed audience all over the world. This first vinyl volume of Ethiopian Urban Modern Music presents some of the Ethiopian ‘groove jewels’ drawn from the essential CD Ethiopiques series directed by Francis Falceto and published by Buda music.

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ARTIST : ALEMEYEHU ESHETE
ALBUM : Ethiopian urban modern music Vol.2

Alèmayèhu Eshèté is no less than one of the great voices of the heyday of modern Ethiopian music, the swinging sixties which, in this country, went on until the fall of the Emperor Haile Sellassie 1 in 1974. On a par with Tlahoun Gèssèssè, Bzunèsh Bèqèlè or Mahmoud Ahmed, Alèmayèhu is a star at the top level of the constellation that once lit up the wild nights in the capital.

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ARTIST : VARIOUS ARTISTS
ALBUM : More Ethiopian Soul and Groove

A few years ago the world discovered a unique sound coming from the distant Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba. The emotional blow was only matched by the brightness of this original and magnificent discovery. The Ethiopiques series directed by Francis Falcetto and edited by Buda Musique provides a comprehensive landscape of this subtle musical universe where local and western cultures do magnify each other. This new Ethiopian Urban Modern Music release follows the first Soul & Groove installment and keeps revealing some essential parts of the modern Ethiopian puzzle. An unequalled soul funk signature until today.

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ARTIST : TLAHOUN GESSESSE
ALBUM : Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 4

Although he is still completely unknown to Western audiences, for Ethiopians, Tlahoun Gèssèssè (pronounced Guèssèssè) is THE VOICE. The first-ever pan-Ethiopian star, he has embodied such nonstop unanimity since the end of the 1950s that is a role-model and a point of reference.

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ARTIST : GETATCHEW MEKURYA
ALBUM : Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 5

Getatchew Mekurya is probably the most revered veteran of Ethiopian saxophone. A real giant, both physically and musically. Not only is he at the very top level of Ethiopian saxophonists, but he is the ‘inventor’ of an extremely distinctive musical ‘style.’

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ARTIST : VARIOUS ARTISTS
TITLE : Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

Ethiopians’ deep-seated ethiocentrism, the legacy of a thousand years of history, has contributed in no small way to their music’s strong national identity, particularly impervious to any African influences. Latin influences, so pervasive in the great musical centers of West Africa and the Congo, have been similarly rebuffed, despite the brilliant attempts of a musician like Mulatu Astatke. He was the first and for a long time the only Ethiopian to have studied music abroad (England and USA). In the late ’60s, he brought back ‘ethio-jazz’, as well as a passion for Latin rhythms that was not readily shared by the Ethiopian audience. As early as 1966, he released a single and two LPs in the US entitled Afro-Latin Soul (and a third LP, Mulatu of Ethiopia in 1972), with his Ethiopian Quintet composed of American and Latin-American musicians (Worthy Records). That was three years before Fela’s first American tour and six years prior to Manu Dibango’s key breakthrough with the release of Soul Makossa in the Western ‘pre-World music’ market. All this goes to show how much the history of the African continent’s musical modernity should be reconsidered in light of the Ethiopian adventure, even though this lone spark bore little relation, musically or ideologically to the musical revolutions initiated most notably by Ghanian highlife, South African jazz, Congolese rumba or, much later on, by Fela.

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ARTIST : MAHMOUD AHMED
TITLE : Erè Mèla Mèla

“The re-release series of original Ethiopian classic vinyl continues — the finest Ethio jazz by Mahmoud Ahmed and his band from 1975 plus two tracks from 1978. The liner notes: ‘Melancholy blues, piercingly minimalist country airs, brassy, danceable urban jazz, heart-wrenching, off-key crooners: a rich and stirring patchwork of sounds, crossing Afro-beat, Latino-swing moves and Eastern arabesques (Anaïs Prosaïc).’ Such were the first — informed and enthusiastic — opinions of the music press when the first strains of modern Ethiopian music sounded on our shores. This was in 1984-1985. Such a positive note, struck about such a country at such a time, created plenty of reverb. The country had been so thoroughly trashed by the media’s feeding-frenzy, which spewed out a mix of horror and pious pity, bitter denunciation and humanitarian appeals, wallet-tickling clichés and refusal of identity. In one brutal swoop, TV-reality transformed Ethiopia into a cursed nation, forsaken by God and by man. In contrast to these tragedies, but in the same hackneyed tones, Mahmoud Ahmed’s life resembles an edifying fairy-tale where destiny, talent and achievement combine to triumph over poverty, fate and the evil eye. Biography, history and legend, with the help of God, infallibly weave the lesson of merit rewarded. But who can argue, in spite of the mockery that celebrities invariably draw, when faced with one of the greatest voices in all of Africa? Once upon a time, there was a street urchin in Addis Ababa, who started off as a shoe-shine boy and went on to become one of his country’s biggest stars, opening the door to Ethiopian music to Western audiences.” — Francis Falceto

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