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Ethiopian Singer Minyeshu Shows Range and Thought on Colorful 'Daa Dee'

There's never been any doubt that Minyeshu has skill, but her range is what Daa Dee shows better than any of her previous works.

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Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu Steps Ahead

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.

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Mulatu Astatke: New York, Addis, London; The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975

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.

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Abiyou Solomon: In Search of My Roots

Sunny mild-funk brass, breezy keyboard pop, and pan-African guitar, combined with Ethiopian music's usual weird and delicious stagger.

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Orchestra Ethiopia: Éthiopiques 23

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.

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Alèmayèhu Eshèté: Éthiopiques 22

The way he uses his voice sometimes suggests that Elvis would have sounded better in Amharic.


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