Monday, November 22 2010
The world needs to comprehend the complex, bloody history of the so-called 'Dark Continent', with all its attendant ironies and contradictions.
Tuesday, July 6 2010
The father of Ethio-jazz continues to bring the best out of his collaborators, offering glimpses of the unfamiliar amidst familiar materials and capturing experience with quiet majesty.
Monday, November 16 2009
Astatke has a great capacity for intelligent play, the James Joyce kind of innovation that isn't afraid to be slangy and entertaining at the same time that it chases a serious purpose.
Wednesday, July 22 2009
Eleni Gabre-Madhin's plan to institute a commodities exchange has been in the works for years, since she saw the 1984 Ethiopian famine on TV.
Sunday, November 9 2008
Sunny mild-funk brass, breezy keyboard pop, and pan-African guitar, combined with Ethiopian music's usual weird and delicious stagger.
Wednesday, February 13 2008
Éthiopiques 23 sits partway between the countryside folk music atmosphere of Éthiopiques 12 and the modern professionalism of an Alèmayèhu Eshèté, between trained singing and artless strum.
Wednesday, November 28 2007
The way he uses his voice sometimes suggests that Elvis would have sounded better in Amharic.