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  • Debo Band Debo Band Quick View

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    Debo Band

    Debo Band is an 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. The band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music, which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands ie accordion, violins, horns and drums.


    Since their inception in 2006, the band have toured Ethiopia twice, having appeared at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they've shared stages with Gogol Bordello, The Family Stone, Tilahun Gessesse (one of the great voices of Ethiopian pop since the 60's), The Ex with Ethiopian sax legend Getatchew Mekuria, Group Doueh, and Khaira Arby and Her Band. They've also performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Fest, globalFEST 2012 at Webster Hall, Joe's Pub, and World Music Festival: Chicago.


    Next Ambience/Sub Pop presents the Debo Band's self-titled debut, produced by Thomas "Tommy T" Gobena of Gogol Bordello, recorded at Machines with Magnets (Battles, Deer Tick) and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Joe LaPorta at The Lodge. Double LP in wide spine single pocket sleeve with insert and MP3 coupon.

    1. Akale Wube
    2. Ney Ney Weleba
    3. Not Just A Song
    4. Yefeker Wegagene
    5. Asha Gedawo
    6. Tenesh Kelbe Lay
    7. And Lay
    8. Medinanna Zelesegna
    9. Habesha
    10. Ambassel
    11. DC Flower
    Debo Band
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  • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye Quick View

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    Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

    Hailu Mergia is a one-man band. In 1985, master accordionist and veteran bandleader, arranger and keyboardist released the Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument cassette. In a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth, Hailu gave Ethiopian music a sonic makeover. He was already celebrated for his work with the groundbreaking Addis Ababa ethio-jazz and funk outfit Walias Band. With imagination and a visionary sense of the self-contained possibilities of modern music, he captured the popular sounds of the past using the modern tools of the day.


    The reissue of this recording brings back a moment when Ethiopian music was
    shifting from acoustic-based performances to recordings using more and more
    synthesized elements. While the resulting sound of that shift has its critics Hailu
    Mergia's initial experiments with switched-on solo instrumentals based on
    Ethiopian folk and popular music captures a singular feeling dripping in
    ambiance and a very human emotional energy

    1. Shemonmuanaye
    2. Sewnetuwa
    3. Laloye
    4. Wegene
    5. Hari Meru Meru
    6. Amrew Demkew
    7. Anchin Alay Alegn
    8. Ambasel
    9. Hebo Lale
    10. Belew Beduby
    11. Shilela
    Hailu Mergia
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  • Tche Belew (Awaiting Repress) Tche Belew (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Tche Belew (Awaiting Repress)

    The acclaimed and highly sought-after LP by Hailu Mergia and
    the Walias, Tche Belew, an album of instrumentals released in
    1977, is perhaps the most seminal recording released in the
    aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The story of the Walias band is
    a critical chapter in Ethiopian popular music, taking place during
    a period of music industry flux and political complexity in the
    country.


    Hailu Mergia, a keyboardist and arranger diligently working the
    nightclub scene in Addis Ababa, formed the Walias in the early
    1970's with a core group of musicians assembled from prior
    working bands. They played Mergia's funk- and soul-informed
    tunes, while cutting 45rpm singles with various vocalists.


    While the Walias performed at top hotels and played the
    presidential palace twice, their relationship with the Derg regime
    was complex, evidenced by the removal of one song from the
    record by government censors.


    Decades later, Hailu Mergia was surprised to see the album
    fetching more than $4,000 at online auctions (it helped that the
    most popular of all Ethiopian tunes "Musicawi Silt" appeared on
    the record). Now everyone has the chance to listen again-or
    for the first time-to this timeless pillar of Ethiopian popular
    music.

    1. Tche Belew
    2. Yemiasleks Fikir
    3. Yikirta Lemminalehu
    4. Musicawi Silt
    5. Lomi Tera-tera
    6. Woghenei
    7. Ibakish Tarekigne
    8. Birtukane
    9. Eti Gual Blenai
    10. Yenuro Tesfa Alegne
    Hailu Mergia and the Wallas
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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