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Various Artists / Rough Guide Ethiopia (2012)
Album:Rough Guide Ethiopia (2012) Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:08/2012
Label:World Music Network 

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Add Date:2012-08-26 Pull Date:2012-10-28 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:28 Oct21 Oct14 Oct7 Oct23 Sep9 Sep2 Sep
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1.Nov 22, 2012:New World Disorder
Gue
4.Oct 13, 2012:Music Casserole
Ambassel, Ende Eyerusalem
2.Oct 21, 2012:The Mongrel's Stoop
Musicawi Silt
5.Oct 12, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
Guragigna
3.Oct 18, 2012:The Sunset Life
Musicawi Silt
6.Oct 07, 2012:The Mongrel's Stoop
Sek'let (Crucifiction)

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2012-08-23 
Rough Guide to Ethiopia
Reviewed by Sadie O., 8/23/12
Wide variety of Ethiopian music from the last few decades. Some is very traditional and some is very funky, but quite a few of the tracks have a significant jazz component. Interesting stuff, and even the tracks that aren’t killer are darn good in their own quirky ways…
1. 4:58 ****rooster crowing, then upbeat hiphop with a wide variety of voices, and a super-funky midtempo groove. Just fantastic! (slightly different production from the version on their album in our collection.)
2. 5:14 ***groovy jazz piano intro, adds layers of horns and rhythms, uptempo and polyrhythmic, lead female vocals with distinctively Ethiopian trills. Nice.
3. 4:47 *older, slinky keyboard-and-horn based psychedelia with a jazz tinge. Interesting quavery male vocals.
4. 4:22 **chunky little guitar intro, then big horns and funky free jax. Instrumental. A lot better than I probably make it sound…
5. 2:26 *wheezy flute and percussion. Sounds ancient (all folk instruments) and rather like circus music.
6. 7:23 ***lovely plucked strings and drums, slinky and cool. Almost coloratura femalevocals.
7. 5:11 **low-key keyboards and drums, nice horn section. A bit psychedelic and really cool. Gets all free-form in the middle.
8. 3:23 **truly quark, strangeness and charm. Low-key drone instrument and soft chanting. Noise and Captain Beefheart fans should enjoy this!
9. 5:29 **bowed instrument, bass and female vocals. Rather experimental in nature, but with a basis in traditional music. Gets more rhythmic and uptempo as it goes along.
10. 3:46 **Bop! Uptempo and upbeat “Ethio-jazz”, gruff male vocals.
11. 7:20 ***cool unplugged shuffle, female vocals and truly gnarly guitar. Fun stuff.
12. 4:50 **mellow guitar and hand drums, unschooled male vocals. Has the feel of being sung around a fire in front of a tent at night…
13. 3:52 *very sweet and rather wistful piano, with a sort of WWII era feel.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Bole 2 HarlemAmetballe
2.Dub ColossusGuragigna
3.Mahmoud AhmedOhoho Gedama
4.Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & GuestsMusicawi Silt
5.Orchestra EthiopiaDatchene Koba (Trio Of Emblitas)
6.Krar CollectiveEnde Eyerusalem
7.Samuel YirgaAbet Abet (Punt Mix)
8.Zerfu DemissieSek'let (Crucifiction)
9.Invisible SystemAmbassel
10.Alemayehu EsheteNey-Ney Weleba
11.Tirudel ZenebeGue
12.Mohammed Jimmy MohammedMela Mela
13.Tsegue-Maryam GuebrouHomesickness