Now here is some of my favorite music from Ethiopia. I just bought both the albums on a trip there this month.
The first album in a Town Called Addis was inspired by meeting, writing and working with Ethiopian singers and musicians in Addis Ababa in August 2006. The collaboration between Dub Colossus and these amazing musicians covers Azmari and traditional styles as well as the popular singing styles of the 60s and 70s. (http://www.dubcolossus.org/)
“Singer Sintayehu ‘Mimi’ Zenebe is known as “the Edith Piaf” of Ethiopian song and owns the Doku Club in Addis, a venue devoted to traditional Azmari music. Fellow singer, Tsedenia Gebremarkos, is a well-known and respected performer and radio presenter, and winner of a Kora award as the best female singer in East Africa in 2004.
Master saxophonist, Feleke Hailu, is also a classical composer, lecturer and Head of Music at the Yared Music School. He is part of a dynastic tradition that stretches back far beyond the classic hits his father arranged for the Ethiopiques series’s legend Mahmoud Ahmed.
Extraordinary pianist Samuel Yirga is an exciting new discovery – a young prodigy of classical and ethiojazz and student at the Yared Music School.
They are joined by Teremage Woretaw who, with his plaintive voice and messenqo (one-string fiddle), is a youthful carrier of the ancient Azmari tradition.”
Read more at: http://www.dubcolossus.org/?page_id=2
If you have Spotify here is the link to both albums Dub Colossus
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2012 The new Dub Colossus album is available on Spotify (available in 27 countries):