Has anyone heard of Girma Beyene? I got his songs from one of Ethiopiques collections. He played jazzy songs with the right groove! You can listen to four of his songs here. I like all four but if I had to choose one it’d be Enken Yelelebish. Some jazzy songs that recent musicians play are apprently his originally. Dawit Melese played “Set Alamnim”. Dawit’s version was nice too.
Alemayehu Eshete has some nice albums too. I like the song Ambassel from Addis Ababa album. I tried playing it but just couldn’t get my head around the Ambassel music scale. Of course Addis Ababa being my city, I also like Alemayehu Eshete’s “Addis Ababa Bete”. The one that starts with weyala’s calling out “Legehar Saris”.
Lyrics could get better. Girma Beyene sings about how beautiful a girl is, her hair her teeth, and all that. The music itself is well arranged and amazingly creative. For crying out loud guys, do some work on the lyrics!
Also heard Mulatu’s 2009 album – Inspiration Information Vol 3 . “Mulatu” is nice. That guy should write a book. Of course if I ask him he may say (with that deep voice of his) “My albums are my books and the songs are chapters”.