Episode #2533

Music from East Africa

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Friday, June 15, 2007

It’s a musical journey through an overlooked part of Africa, with excerpts from the Ethiopiques series, the new Zanzibara series, and recordings by Nursery Boys, Samite, and more. For this program, we’ll dip into the Ethiopiques series, so far numbering 21 in a series of 30 releases, all kinds of hypnotic groove from the "golden" years of the late '60s and early '70s in "swinging" Addis Ababa. Hear the ska, funk, and blues which permeated the Ethiopian pop and jazz music of the day, some with ferocious horns, some with swirls of Latino and Middle Eastern sounds as well. Plus, there’s orchestral taarab music from the island of Zanzibar – from the brand new series called Zanzibara. With oud, ney, qanun (zither) and frame drum, augmented with violins and accordion, it’s a blend of sounds from the Arab world, India, Indonesia and the West, combined with the classical traditions of Swahili poetry, local rhythm and melody. And more.

PROGRAM # 2533, A Musical Tour of East Africa
(First aired on Monday, April 10, 2006)






Vol. 21 – Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

Homesickness, excerpt [1:30]

BudaMusique #860122 www.budamusique.com


Vol. 1 – Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music, 1969-1975

Tèshomè Meteku: Hasabe [4:00]

Buda Musique #82951 See above, or downloadable from emusic.com


Vol. 3 – Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music

Muluqèn Mèllèssè: Tenesh Kelbe Lay [4:00]

Buda Musique #82963 See above, or downloadable from emusic.com


Vol. 20 – Either/Orchestra Live In Addis

Antchin Endelela [7:00]

Buda Musique #860121 www.budamusique.com


Vol. 2 – The Golden Years of Mombasa Taarab

Zein L’Abdin: Musiwe Na Mshangao [4:00]

Buda Musique #860119 www.budamusique.com


Vol. 1 - Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club – A Hundred Years of Taarab In Zanzibar

Cheo Chako, excerpt [6:00]

Buda Musique #860118 www.budamusique.com

Abana Ba Nasery

Nursery Boys Go Ahead!

Sumila Omusiele [5:00]

Green Linnet #4002, re-released on the Globe/ City Hall label. Available at Amazon.com*

3 Mustaphas 3

Heart of Uncle

Kem Kem [4:30]

Rykodisc #20156 www.rykodisc.com



Setula [6:00]

Triloka/Artemis #82071** www.artemisrecords.com *

Comments [1]

hrh from tehran-iran

Fantastic Playlist John! You really are unpredictable! One has to eagerly wait for your next feast.

The first song reminded me of the great film by Jim Jarmusch; Broken Flowers which has an Ethiopean character played by Jeffrey Wright...

Here are the links:

I'll wait for a NEW SOUNDS episode fully dedicated to Mulatu Astatke.

Thanks JS!


Jun. 19 2007 09:02 PM

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