Orchestra Ethiopia

Ethiopiques, Vol. 23: Orchestra Ethiopia

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Released by the French label Buda Musique, the ETHIOPIQUES series is one of the longest running and most consistently satisfying world music sets around. VOLUME 23 collects tracks from Orchestra Ethiopia, an ensemble from the 1970s that relied heavily on traditional Ethiopian music to form its musical foundation. While other artists in the series took American funk, R&B, and jazz and funneled it through the prism of their homeland, and in turn created the classic Ethiopian pop sound, Orchestra Ethiopia acted as archivists and scholars of their country’s own indigenous music. Remarkably, this collection consists almost entirely of unreleased material, making it both a perfect introduction to the group, and a treasure trove for Ethiopian musical enthusiasts.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
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5
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7
feat: Kebbede Ali
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feat: Areru Shegen
21
feat: Desta Tsehay
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