New era of Ethiopian music released by The Ex
‘Llilta! ÃÂ New Ethiopian Dance Music CD ÃÂ vol. 1
The Ethiopiques series of releases have defined Ethiopian music for most people but there is a very diverse musical culture in the country.
The series covered the big brass bands playing this warped psychedelic should music that anyone who is unaware of it’s genius should investigate now.
From 1975 to 1991 was the golden era of this music untilÃÂ the period of ÃÂ the ”Å¡DergÃ¢âÂ¢, the military government in Ethiopia , ÃÂ after that the scene ÃÂ was never the same again. The horns were replaced with cheap synths and the musics vibrancy was crushed by bad soulless production- oddly paralleling most of the rubbish mainstream music in the west of the same period.
Thankfully ÃÂ in ÃÂ the last few years a new scene has emerged. A generation of young producers have been combining traditional rhythms with dance music and an uplifting, very danceable form of music has been the result.
The gurage, wollo, gondar, ÃÂ konso and other traditional rhythms work well for this ÃÂ new dance music. It’s been a big hit with the Ethiopian youthÃÂ not only in the hip areas like Bole, but ÃÂ all over Addis and other EthiopianÃÂ urban areas. Blasting from restaurants, taxis, ÃÂ coffeeplaces, grocerystores and Addis ‘ giant market, the Mercanto. ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ
Last year The Ex, the Dutch post punk anarchists released ÃÂ the Llilta CD, a compilation of this new Ethiopian dance ÃÂ music, recorded with a new generation of singers over the last decade. ÃÂ A cross- selection of the production work of Mesele Asmamaw and some of his close colleagues. ÃÂ This new 12 inch was recorded during one of The Ex’s musical exchange projects in ÃÂ Ethiopia and mixed in Amsterdam by the two members of The Ex.
The result is a great fusion between modern Ethiopian music waking up after a long time asleep and the noisenik vibrancy of the Ex.
Both tracks and more information from HERE
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