Drawn from over fifty years of amazing films, diverse music by legends like Mulatu, Henri Guedon, Francis Bebey and Xalam.
The great man meeting up with the American big-band, the Either/Orchestra — rehearsals, interviews, and finally a joint performance at the 2006 Banlieues Bleues Festival.
Almaz, the legendary Ethiopian singer’s first LP, heavy and hypnotic, accompanied by the Ibex Band in 1973, on the eve of the break-up of Haile Sellassie’s Imperial Body Guard Band.
The last word from this Azmari, who died in 2012 — an improvisatory, provocative, humorous musical commentary on Ethiopian politics, religion and everyday life. Excellent 40-page booklet.
From his first, 1965 recordings in the UK, through the Worthy sides in New York, to the key seventies’ stuff in Addis on Amha, Phillips and Axum. Compiled with full notes by Soundway’s Miles Cleret.
With jazz giants like Bennie Maupin, Azar Lawrence and Phil Ranelin, the great man on stage in Los Angeles in 2009, latinized in front of everyone.
An upful mixture of originals and traditional Ethiopian tunes charted for the big-band jazz and funk of the twelve-piece Step Ahead (John Edwards, Byron Wallen and co), with plenty of the great man’s vibraphone.
Imperial Bodyguard Band singer — alongside Mahmoud Ahmed and Tilahun Gessesse — who tuned his guitar like an oud. Oromo reasoning about love, existence and resistance, with a tasty Arab twang.
Originally released on Philips Ethiopia in 1973: a mixture of modern and traditional instruments mark the stages of an Amhara wedding. Hand-screened covers, with wedding photos and liner notes inside.
A collaboration between Ethiopian musical legends and brilliant newcomers, and the legacy of Trans Global Underground — in this blend of ethiojazz and seventies roots reggae.
45s from 1967-74, blending Ethiopian groove and folk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.
Dramatic, intricate singing from South West Ethiopia — non-verbal, turning the voice inside, as an instrument — sometimes with lyre, riffing till death, clapping, flutes from space, bells and other accompaniments.
Deadly killers drawn for the vinyl from five CDs in the series.
Music from the Amha label run by Amha Ashete, driving force of modern Ethiopian music.
With virtuoso self-accompaniment on the beguena — an oversize ten-string lyre, the oldest instrument played in Ethiopia: religious songs as well as traditional fables, folk tales and poems.
The music of the Konso — a tribe from the Sudanese border country — to do with daily chores, sacred or ritual matters, and entertainment. Flutes, bells, harps, horns, xylophones, drums.
Another survey of the golden age of modern Ethiopian dance music — bound up with the production of vinyl records — between 1969 and 1978.
Starting in the early fifties, long before Ayler and Ornette, Mekurya’s stroke of genius was to give improvisatory voice on his saxophone to the ‘shellela’ singing style — epic, harsh, war-like.