Buda Musique's contribution to global cultural history set off a global reaction that remains the goal of anybody trying to introduce new music to the world's ever sharpening ears. Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world and both its music,and its beer, named after patron saints, are some of its most attractive legacies.
This track, one of several renditons, is a classic Ethiopian church hymn performed by Alemu Aga using a begena, a harp instrument referred to as the Harp of David. The song's lyrics end with "Forgive your dear child. Forgive us all our sins. Kabuenisa 1 - Orchestre Conga* - Kabuenisa 1 & 2 (Vinyl) beg you to save us. Muluken Melesse is a stalwart amongst the pantheon of '70s greats who's widely beloved.
The tone, pitch, and cadence of his voice is like a mildly spiced honey and this tune in particular finds him in his finest form. A song that wouldn't have been out of place in '90s Brooklyn, Bronx, or Queens, the arrangements are perfectly raw, a sort of musical equivalent of kitfo.
To convert the uninitiated, play them "Ishururu Belut. European and American record labels have been setting their sights on Ethiopia for decades. It still remains the most coveted of sounds, ensuring successful, high volume releases, touring for artists, and great press response.
It takes a dexterous ear to identify a truly unique Ethiopian sound in a heavily crowded space. The good folks at Teranga Beat have done just that Kabuenisa 1 - Orchestre Conga* - Kabuenisa 1 & 2 (Vinyl) this stellar release by Yishak Banjaw.
A smooth, delightful, hypnotic sound chamber of synthesizer keyboard madness that should constitute one of Ethiopia's finest musical hours. In the label's own words: "Love Songs Vol. It was released by an Eritrean label on cassette and was also distributed in Kabuenisa 1 - Orchestre Conga* - Kabuenisa 1 & 2 (Vinyl). However, due to the shaky political situation, Yishak was forbidden to travel anywhere outside his country, including Ethiopia.
Consequently Love Songs Vol. Yishak chose to play everything on a small Casio PT, 'a keyboard for kids' as he proudly mentions. He recorded the whole album live, directly to his tape recorder. The story of Ethiopian music wouldn't be complete without mentioning or involving Sudan. Right next door, Sudan and Ethiopia share a special bond, expressed to its maximum via music.
Ethiopian musicians lit up Khartoum and Sudanese musicians repaid the favor in Addis Ababa. But learning and performing each other's songs, and doing it damn well, was the ultimate love letter between the two countries. Here is the late Abdel Aziz El Mubarakwho I had the honor of sipping milky tea with at his home in Khartoum and had a long conversation about his life. While he said playing in Japan was his fondest memory, Ethiopia might've well been his second home.
He performs a classic Ethiopian tune that brings the crowd into hypnosis. Relish the footage as much as the tune. And equally, Ethiopians till today continue to rework and cover Sudanese songs. Abinet Agonafir is a contemporary artist who tips his hat to his neighbors with a parting tune in this concise 10 chapters of the Ethiopian music story.
This article appears as a part of OkayAfrica's Crossroads, a special series examining Global Africa at critical moments. For our first package, we will dedicate 4 weeks of coverage to examining the lands of Ethiopia through a deep dive into music, politics, and culture.
Who is Abiy Ahmed? Today, he presides over a bloody war and a growing humanitarian crisis. Can Abiy end the conflict before it upends Ethiopia? Like the brutal war he now presides over, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed 's nature and character must be gleaned from two diametrically opposed viewpoints. To his supporters, he is a Nobel laureate and visionary reformist faced with the near-impossible task of uniting a deeply divided nation.
For hardcore Abiyists, he is the chosen one, here to build a better Ethiopia, battling enemies foreign and domestic. Historically, Ethiopia has proven difficult to govern. Few outside of the corridors of Ethiopian power know how complex and layered this recent conflict is. The Amharas ruled the land for centuries with a feudal system that produced transcendent culture, beautiful architecture but also violently suppressed groups like the Oromo.
The time of Abyssinian emperors, empresses, and ras reaches back to biblical times and is rife with imperial conflict and conquest. Leaders needed to remain on a war footing. The regional borders were amorphous and seismic shifts in power and control were par for the course.
Strength and ruthlessness went hand in hand. This inconvenient truth about Ethiopia's long running internal conflicts belies some of its mythology. Pan-Africans drew inspiration and strength from the story of the sole African state able to repel the colonial powers and maintain their sovereignty.
The modern state of Ethiopia only emerged after the reign of the Amharas was disrupted by a communist uprising against Haile Selassie, followed by a subsequent uprising against the Communists. Millions of lives were lost. The current Federation Abiy governs sits atop regional volcanic fissures which are perpetually threatening to explode. Even before the Tigray region rebelled, Abiy faced a daunting task. The story of Abiy's come up is remarkable. He was born under the sign of the Lion in the Oromia region to a Muslim farmer and his Orthodox Christian fourth wife.
Abiy was his father's thirteenth child and his mother's Kabuenisa 1 - Orchestre Conga* - Kabuenisa 1 & 2 (Vinyl) and last child. They called him Abiyot — Revolution, in Oromo language — a common name at the time, marking the overthrow of Haile Sellasie by the communist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. In an early speechAbiy recalled his mother telling him that he would be the "seventh king of Ethiopia" someday.
Abiy grew up in tumultuous times. Revolution followed revolution. At fourteen years old, Abiy fought as a child soldier to overthrow the Communist government of Mengistu. He described this experience to the assembled dignitaries in Oslo as he accepted his Nobel Prize. War makes for bitter men. Heartless and savage men. The coalition of ethno-liberation forces who overthrew Mengistu chose to compromise rather than break Ethiopia up. They committed to turning Ethiopia from a centralized socialist state into a federation of regional governments.
The Tigray People's Liberation Front took the lead, ultimately writing the Constitution granting the regional states more independence and crucially, the right to secede. Abiyists push for a One Ethiopia body politic coined "Medemer" while regional activists fight for the multi-ethno-state federalism established by the TPLF. For almost 27 years, TPLF's governance was marked by a long period of stable economic expansion, vivid corruption, and brutal civil and political repression.
Abiy, an ambitious and versatile soldier, thrived under the regime. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sjava — Umsebenzi Gol Kyle Meagher — Anythin Share this: Twitter Facebook.
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The music can be divided into two main categories: Geza-ongaku off-stage music and Shosa-ongaku Kabuenisa 1 - Orchestre Conga* - Kabuenisa 1 & 2 (Vinyl) musicwith Ki and Tsuke wood board "signalling" accents complementing the ensemble.
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