መክሊትዋን ያልቀበረችው መክሊት -ሃተታዊ ሆኖ ግን አጭር ዳሰሳ

Long time no see. I thought Meklit is worth talking about. She performed at Southbank in London. I listened to Kemekem on Youtube before going to her show. That’s pretty much how little I knew about her. Every single song in her show was good. I couldn’t put a single genre to her music. Ethio-jazz-soul-folk-goodness? She was great on stage. Loved her stories about life, childhood and Ethiopian music.

ከመከም ያገር ልጅ ይሻላል
ከመከም ቢከፋም ቢበጅም

She surprised us by bringing a jazz giant, Pee Wee Ellis (he was not mentioned in the listing). The result? Heaven for Ethio-jazz fan like myself.

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They went on to play the classic Ethiopian song Abay Mado. I doubt he rehearsed with them before appearing. You could see the two looking at each other and syncing up their improvisation. It made it even more fun to listen. It was like going back to the 60’s. Only a picture can explain how I was listening.

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I was last in a long queue to get her signed CD and a picture with her. Her latest album is We Are Alive. Do check it out.

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She said she had a lot to learn about Ethiopian music. You are right Meklit, there is decades of music to learn from, not to mention traditional songs that never made it to recording studios. I look forward to hearing more from you.

 

Girma Beyene, Seifu Yohannes, Teshome Mitku. All great artists whose songs are getting revived.



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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Benny or Bunny
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 18:00:37

    I think I am learning a lot from this blog. Keep writing please !

    Reply

    • tibebe
      Jun 19, 2015 @ 11:51:01

      we sincerely apologize if you are learning; we did not mean it to be that way.

      እንዳንጽፍ ርዕስ ጠፋ ባክህ! ርዕስ አቀብለን

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  2. geTere
    May 12, 2015 @ 15:55:14

    He he. Help me with a better title then 🙂 You’ve always been the creative one.

    Yep, that’s the song. You know after hearing and watching performances I feel like I can tell a song’s age plus or minus 10 years. Unless it is really old and from the 30’s.

    Nice. So her name is Rahel Yohannes. I like her Ende Eyerusalem song. Is she still singing?

    His only album is full of classic songs. And did you know Mulatu composed them back then?

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    • tibebe
      May 13, 2015 @ 22:16:44

      Flattered, የቀነለይ! 🙂 How about “መክሊትዋን ያልቀበረችው መክሊት -ሃተታዊ ሆኖ ግን አጭር ዳሰሳ” ? 🙂

      I don’t think Rahel has made a new album in recent years.

      Mulatu for prime minister!

      His interview

      And a group that was inspired by his works

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      • tibebe
        May 18, 2015 @ 16:40:16

        dude, seriously?! 🙂

        nothing gets past me. i am stuck to the computer 🙂

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      • geTere
        May 18, 2015 @ 16:42:40

        I changed the title 🙂 Ummm. See now your music taste is improving. Those guys have chosen the right person to be inspired by.

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        • tibebe
          May 18, 2015 @ 16:52:28

          don’t get too excited abt changes happening in the areas of my taste in music. can’t teach an old dog a new trick. that’s unless said old dog is exceptionally smart, like a savant 😀

          i feel humbled that you would deign to take my suggestion and change the title to your post. how bloody lovely!

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          • geTere
            May 19, 2015 @ 07:51:00

            I found a super cool video. These guys are awesome.

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            • tibebe
              May 19, 2015 @ 10:02:44

              In school; couldn’t turn the volume up. From the looks of it, they are doing a Jon Stewart kind of thing. And we really need that. Thanks, man!

              Hoping to not be disappointed.

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              • tibebe
                May 19, 2015 @ 20:42:47

                Thank you again!!!! watched episodes 15 and 16. በጣም አሪፍ!!!!

                I wish they did it more frequently. Maybe they need to get more writers on board. There is still room for improvement. I do not know of any show, even in the civilized world, that does not have room for improvement 🙂 🙂 🙂

                ከአይን ያውጣችሁ ብላቸው እርግማን ይሆንባቸው ይሆን?

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  3. tibebe
    May 10, 2015 @ 13:08:45

    መግደልን አሁን ምን አመጣው?! Couldn’t you have just raved about the lady like a normal straight eared 🙂 🙂 admirer would?

    By Abay Mado do you mean አባይ ማዶ ፊላው ስር ያለው በሬ ….? “It was like going back to the 60s”?! How old are you, man? Thought we went to high school together.

    ከመከም በጣም አሪፍ ነው:: Makes one wanna get an afro.
    ያገር ልጅ ይሻላል
    ቢከፋም ቢበጅም

    Kind of reminds me of a Neway song that I saw way back on the video of the US tour he did with Tilahun and em. It went:
    ያገር ልጅ ተስፋ ነው ፍቅር ስጭው
    አሃ ስጭው
    ተይ ስጭው
    በይ ስጭው

    One of my older brothers was mad like “ይሄ ባለጌ!” I did not get it at the time.

    Seifu died way too young. Did you know that he was Rahel Yohannes’ brother?
    Here is another one of his songs, and a sample.

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