Alemayehu Eshete / Amha Eshete

Ethiopiques, Vol. 9 1969-1974

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This disc offers 22 tracks from the man once known as the Ehtiopian James Brown. Like the others in the series, the music here is funk-tinged with Armenian overtones. Like most of the other volumes, this one is a stone blast all the way through. Eshete was a soul singer in the classic tradition. He didn't so much sing to his audience as seduce it, working himself and his fans into a sweat-soaked frenzy. Fans of the series might remember this man from Volume 8. If you liked the sound of that, give this a try. If you haven't been hipped to this series yet, there are worse places to start. This disc is a perfect example of what the rest of the series has to offer; ferocious horns, groovy guitar licks and a definite Mideast influence that reminds one of the early days of rai, back before they discovered the synthesizer. Anyone with a passion for funk or the sound of '70s Africa should pick up this set.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
4:33 Amazon
2
3:43 Amazon
3
3:32 Amazon
4
2:21 Amazon
5
3:54 Amazon
6
1:45 Amazon
7
3:40 Amazon
8
3:35 Amazon
9
3:17 Amazon
10
feat: Mekonnen X
3:19 Amazon
11
3:46 Amazon
12
3:14 Amazon
13
4:41 Amazon
14
2:48 Amazon
15
3:02 Amazon
16
3:09 Amazon
17
2:37 Amazon
18
2:37 Amazon
19
2:41 Amazon
20
3:03 Amazon
21
2:23 Amazon
22
2:37 Amazon
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