Episode #2815

Ethiopiques, Old and New

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The French series of recordings called Ethiopiques documents the remarkable combination of James Brown funk, 60s psychedelia, Indonesian scales, Hindi film scores, and European marching bands that formed the sounds of "Swinging Addis" in the early 1970s. We'll hear Ethio-pop and Ethio-jazz from Mahmoud Ahmed and Tlahoun Gessesse, among others, as well as newcomers from the US and France: the Either Orchestra and Le Tigre (des Platanes).

PROGRAM # 2815, Ethiopiques, Old & New (First aired on Wednesday 6/18/08)





Ethiopiques 18


Enem lefelefkugn melageruw sema, excerpt [:30]
Ende Iyerusalem, excerpt [:30]

Buda Musique #82289

Ethiopiques 19

Mahmoud Ahmed: Alemye

Alemye, excerpt [1:00]

Buda Musique #860106

Ethiopiques 1

Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music, 1969-1975

Seyfu Yohannes: Mela Mela [3:30]

Buda Musique #82951

Ethiopiques 7

Mahmoud Ahmed: Ere Mela Mela

Bemen Sebel Letlash [4:30]

Buda Musique #82980

Ethiopiques 22

Alemayehu Eshete: More Vintage

Yemaynega lelit [3:30]

Buda Musique #860144

Ethiopiques 3

Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music, 1969-1975

Tlahoun Gessesse: Sema [3:30]

Buda Musique #82981

Ethiopiques 4

Ethio Jazz & Music Instrumentals, 1969-1974

Mulatu Astatqe: Yekermo Sew [4:00]

Buda Musique #82964

Ethiopiques 20

Either/Orchestra Live In Addis

Antchim Endelela [7:30]

Buda Musique #860121

Ethiosonic 1

Etenesh & le Tigre des Platanes: Zèraf!

Tezeta [8:00]

Buda Musique #860162

Ethiopiques 22

Alemayehu Eshete: More Vintage

Ambassel, slow [5:30]

See above.

Ethiopiques 21

Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou

Evening Breeze [2:30]

Buda Musique #860122

Comments [3]

Darren from Scotland

The power of radio. Due to time difference I rely on the listen again option and if we did not have that I would not have got on this musical ride. A brilliant show and I immediately purchased some of this music. Like the previous comment i had one in the vaults somewhere but this show really sparked something off again.
Fantastic and thanks again to JS and his team

Jun. 21 2008 05:26 PM
John Schaefer from WNYC

Christine, the "John S mix" of the Ethiopiques series would consist of me starting Volume 7 at the beginning and playing it through to the end. Mahmoud Ahmed's "Ere Mela Mela" was the album that jolted me into awareness of the Ethio-pop scene back in 1985 or 86, and it remains my favorite album from that scene.

Jun. 19 2008 03:49 PM
christine Bastoni from manhattan

I can't thank John/you enough for last night's AMAZING broadcast of Ethioptiques. I actually bought one of the albums on a whim from Kim's video music store in the mid 90's ... loved it, and promptly forgot it when I "storaged" my hundreds of CDs, having digitized only a smattering of favorites ... what a mistake, as your program proved. I need to be listening to this music more often! Thanks for bringing it to light and for the exceptionally well-edited selection you played last night. I wish I could have the John S mix from the whole 20-volume set!!!

Jun. 19 2008 10:46 AM

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