Qwanqwa / Volume Two
Album: Volume Two   Collection:World
Artist: Qwanqwa   Added:Jan 2016
Label: Fpe Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-01-20 Pull Date: 2016-03-20 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Feb 28 Feb 14 Feb 7 Jan 31 Jan 24
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 12, 2022: Music Casserole
4. Feb 10, 2016: Home on the Range
Tezeta, Selam Selam
2. Feb 27, 2016: Music Casserole
5. Feb 06, 2016: Music Casserole
3. Feb 11, 2016: Melange
6. Jan 28, 2016: Fela n Friends
Mela Mela

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2016-01-14
From Amharic word for “language;” energetic, slightly psychedelic-sounding band; lots of good percussion, unusual sound qualities; traditional Ethiopian music with a rock/funk/jazz sensibility

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*1 – Gelani (6:51) – interesting electric Ethiopian instruments (electric “krars”; nice percussive beat

*2- Kemekem (4:50) – smoother sounding with guitars and violin segues to funkier sound and beat

*3—Selam Selam (7:52) – heavier and more traditional sounding, but still with rock beat; slight zydeco flair with fiddle sound

*4-Tezeta (11:53) – starts with a jazz-sounding tuning up; voice comes in singing presumably Amharic lyrics; interlude of experimental sounding jazz riffs; back to lyrics; finally settles into an all-instrumental groove that is pleasant to listen to

*5-Mela Mela (4:25) – starts out catchy with nice violin work; fairly steady rhythm; melody circles around

6- Gorage (6:20) – punchier; strong circular bass with electric krar and violin; heavy drums and synth come in partway through; a little repetitive for me, but maybe not everyone

Track Listing
1. Gelani   4. Tezeta
2. Kemekem   5. Mela Mela
3. Selam Selam   6. Gorage