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Ethiopiques Volume 9: Alemayehu Eshete

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04.22.11
Alemayehu Eshete, Ethiopiques Volume 9: Alemayehu Eshete
2001 | Label: Buda - Ethiopiques / Believe Digital

Volume nine of the Ethiopiques series serves as both a comprehensive overview and cheat sheet-introduction to the work of vocalist and bandleader Alemayehu Eshete. Often called the Elvis of Ethio-pop, a more appropriate reference might be James Brown: Eshete is much more of a dynamic personality than a song stylist. This compilation covers his earlier work, in which traditional North African melodies are woven with piano-based boogie-thump cribbed from the American R&B charts. The later,… read more »

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This disc offers 22 tracks from the man once known as the Ehtiopian James Brown. Like the others in the series, the music here is funk-tinged with Armenian overtones. Like most of the other volumes, this one is a stone blast all the way through. Eshete was a soul singer in the classic tradition. He didn’t so much sing to his audience as seduce it, working himself and his fans into a sweat-soaked frenzy. Fans of the series might remember this man from Volume 8. If you liked the sound of that, give this a try. If you haven’t been hipped to this series yet, there are worse places to start. This disc is a perfect example of what the rest of the series has to offer; ferocious horns, groovy guitar licks and a definite Mideast influence that reminds one of the early days of rai, back before they discovered the synthesizer. Anyone with a passion for funk or the sound of ’70s Africa should pick up this set. – Rob Ferrier

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