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    Guillermo Figueroa – On Million Dollar Strings (2015)
    On Million Dollar Strings | 2015 | First Impression Music [FIMCD096]
    Classical Music | CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks,scans) | 56:53 | 156 mb / 309 mb

    Tracklist:
    01. "Vocalise"
    02. "The Butterfly Lovers"
    03. "M?lodie, Op. 42, No. 3"
    04. "Liebesleid"
    05. "Spanish Dance"
    06. "L#Abeille, Op. 13, No. 9"
    07. "Danse Espagnole"
    08. "Chanson Russe"
    09. "Introduction et Tarantelle, Op. 43"
    10. "Pi?ce en forme de Habanera"
    11. "Grand Adagio"
    12. "Romanza Andaluza"
    13. "Praeludium and Allegro"
    14. "Minuet"
    15. "Candorosa"
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    VA – Kontor Top Of The Clubs Vol.69 [3CD Limited Edition Box Set] (2016)
    Kontor Top Of The Clubs Vol.69 | 2016 | Kontor Records (Edel) [1064748KON]
    House, Pop House, Electro House, Dance | CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks,scans) | 3:46:01 | 544 mb / 1.66 gb

    Tracklist:
    CD 1 – Mixed By Jerome
    01.Deejay Y – Over The Rainbow (Original Mix) [03:26]
    02.Sigala – Easy Love [02:35]
    03.OMI – Hula Hoop [03:16]
    04.Felix Jaehn feat. Polina – Book Of Love [03:59]
    05.Jerome & Eric Chase – Close To You (Extended Mix) [03:47]
    06.Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly [03:30]
    07.Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell – Too Original [03:23]
    08.Rene Rodrigezz feat. Robbie Wulfsohn – We Are We Are (Original Mix) [03:47]
    09.Rico Bernasconi & Lotus feat. Nicki Minaj, Shiloh & Gravy – Make A Miracle (Extended) [03:31]
    10.SPYZR feat. Michael Maidwell – Ready For It (Jerome Remix) [04:06]
    11.Stereoact feat. Kerstin Ott – Die Immer Lacht (Extended 2016 Mix) [04:13]
    12.Diplo & Sleepy Tom – Be Right There [03:50]
    13.Jerome feat. David Oesterling – Gluecklich (Extended Mix) [04:07]
    14.Skrillex & Diplo feat. AlunaGeorge – To Ue (Clean Bandit Remix) [03:36]
    15.Hardwell feat. Jake Reese – Mad World (Original Mix) [03:56]
    16.Leland feat. Pyramids In Paris & Nevada – Full Time (Club Mix) [04:21]
    17.ATB – Sun Goes Down (Savi x Lema Remix) [03:47]
    18.Bassjackers – Bring That Beat [03:40]
    19.Steve Aoki & Headhunterz – The Power Of Now [03:15]
    20.KSHMR and BASSJACKERS feat. SIRAH – Memories (Original Mix) [04:04]
    CD 2 – Mixed By Markus Gardeweg
    01.Martin Solveig feat. Sam White – +1 [03:18]
    02.Siege – Crunk [04:08]
    03.Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – Holding On [05:10]
    04.Micar feat. Nico Santos – Brothers in Arms (Extended Mix) [02:52]
    05.Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive [03:12]
    06.Stanton Warriors feat.Laura Steel – The One (SPYZR remix) [03:17]
    07.Kamaura – I Should Have Knew (Original Mix) [04:26]
    08.Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran – Lay It All on Me [03:58]
    09.Armin van Buuren feat. Cimo Fraenkel – Strong Ones (MOeWE remix) [04:01]
    10.Eric Chase feat. Michelle Hord – I Can t Wait (Extended Mix) [03:59]
    11.Alle Farben feat. Lowell – Get High [03:04]
    12.De Hofnar X GoodLuck – Back in the Day (Original Mix) [04:37]
    13.LYAR feat. Brenton Mattheus – With You [04:17]
    14.Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. Ne-Yo – Higher Place (Gestoert Aber Geil Remix) [03:38]
    15.Nero – Two Minds (Nero 92 Minds Remix) [03:43]
    16.Autoerotique – Count on You (Original Mix) [04:13]
    17.Madison Mars – Theme O (Extended Mix) [02:48]
    18.Arston & Jay Colin – Endless (Original Mix) [02:53]
    19.Smash feat. Ridley – Lovers2Lovers [02:45]
    20.ON AN ON – Drifting (RAC Remix) [03:58]
    CD 3 – Mixed By EDX
    01.EDX – Revered (Original Mix) [03:09]
    02.Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank feat. Delaney Jane – Shades of Grey (Nora En Pure Remix) [03:53]
    03.Avicii – For a Better Day (KSHMR Remix) [03:57]
    04.Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates – Sugar (EDX s Ibiza Sunrise Remix) [04:05]
    05.Ti sto & Don Diablo feat. Thomas Troelsen – Chemicals (Original Mix) [04:10]
    06.Gestoert Aber Geil feat. Sebastian Haemer – Ich & Du (Frey Remix) [03:46]
    07.Croatia Squad – Back to Life (Original Mix) [04:19]
    08.Stevens – Love Me (Oakland Remix) [03:56]
    09.Andrew Bennett – Can You Find Me (Original Mix) [03:42]
    10.Sergey Smile – Drop It (Original Mix) [03:26]
    11.Spada feat. Anna Leyne – Catchfire (Sun Sun Sun) (EDX s Miami Sunset Remix) [04:04]
    12.ESQUIRE & Polina Griffith – Over Now (Original Mix) [03:33]
    13.Gil Glaze – Funkhouse (Antonio Giacca Remix) [04:03]
    14.Mauro Picotto – The Whistle [02:57]
    15.Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy – Reality (John Dahlbaeck Remix) [04:05]
    16.Felix Leiter – Need to Know (Original Mix) [04:03]
    17.Kryder, Tom Staar & The Wulf – De Puta Madre (Extended Mix) [04:49]
    18.2Souls – Trambada (Original Mix) [02:57]
    19.Sugarstarr & Alexander – Hey Sunshine (Croatia Squad Remix) [03:54]
    20.Schuhmacher – Bahia (Original Mix) [04:45]
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    Mississippi John Hurt – Rediscovered (1998)
    Rediscovered | 1998 | Vanguard [VCD 79519-2]
    Blues, Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Delta Blues | CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log,scans) | 1:15:06 | 223 mb / 428 mb

    Tracklist:
    1 Coffee Blues
    2 I'm Satisfied
    3 Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
    4 Monday Morning Blues
    5 Since I've Laid My Burden Down
    6 Stocktime (Buck Dance)
    7 Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
    8 Richland Women Blues
    9 Keep On Knocking
    10 Stagolee
    11 Hop Joint
    12 Funky Butt
    13 It Ain't Nobody's Business
    14 Salty Dog Blues
    15 Candy Man
    16 You Are My Sunshine
    17 I've Got The Blues And I Cant' Be Satisfied
    18 Nearer My God To Thee
    19 Shortnin' Bread
    20 Avalon, My Home Town
    21 First Shot Missed Him
    22 Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me
    23 Talking Casey
    24 Goodnight Irene
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    She & Him - Christmas Party (2016)

    She & Him - Christmas Party (2016)She & Him - Christmas Party (2016)

    Genre: Indie / Folk
    Origin: USA
    Size/Quality: 103 mb | Mp3, CBR 320 kbps

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    Kadri Savva – Tantsud Tähesajus (2011) (WavPack)
    Released: 2011 | Track: 13 | Country: Estonia | WV | Time: 00:49:37 | Label: N/A | 3% Recovery Added | 498 MB
    Genre: Pop

    Tracklist
    01 – Sulle kõik nüüd ütlen
    02 – Petlik õnn (ft. Toomas Anni)
    03 – Saadan su tagasi (Paul & Alexander Dolphin remix)
    04 – Öelda või vaikida
    05 – Tants tähesajus
    06 – Vaid sügis mäletab
    07 – Vale teeb haiget
    08 – Öötants lõkke valgel
    09 – Unustuse veed
    10 – Kui sa armastad mind veel
    11 – Kas kõik see oli uni
    12 – Olgu elus teil õnne
    13 – Saadan su tadasi (originaal versioon)
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    Release Name:Sia – This Is Acting (Deluxe Version) Tunes Plus AAC M4A (2016)
    Size:151 MB
    Genres:Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
    Label: 2016 Monkey Puzzle Records, under exclusive license to RCA RecordsTracklist:
    1. Bird Set Free
    2. Alive
    3. One Million Bullets
    4. Move Your Body
    5. Unstoppable
    6. Cheap Thrills
    7. Reaper
    8. House on Fire
    9. Footprints
    10. Sweet Design
    11. Broken Glass
    12. Space Between
    13. Cheap Thrills (feat. Sean Paul)
    14. Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
    15. Confetti
    16. Move Your Body (Alan Walker Remix)
    17. Midnight Decisions
    18. Jesus Wept
    19. Greatest
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  • 10/27/16--07:12: Panjea – Live In Oz (2000)
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    Joe Sample & NDR Big Band - Children Of The Sun (2012)

    Label: PRA Records
    Жанр: Jazz, Latin
    Год выпуска: 2012
    Формат: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
    Битрейт аудио: Lossless / 320
    Продолжительность: 62:30
    Размер: 405 MB / 166 MB

     


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    Koko Taylor – Deluxe Edition (2002) (FLAC)
    Released: 2002 | Track: 15 | Country: US | FLAC | Time: 01:04:01 | Label: Alligator Records | 3% Recovery Added | 428 MB
    Genre: Funk, Soul

    Tracklist
    1. I'm A Woman (4:35)
    2. Beer Bottle Boogie (3:31)
    3. Born Under A Bad Sign (with Buddy Guy) (4:56)
    4. Mother Nature (with Carey Bell) (4:42)
    5. Hey Bartender (with Pinetop Perkins) (2:53)
    6. I'd Rather Go Blind (4:56)
    7. Man Size Job (4:01)
    8. Let The Good Times Roll (Live) (4:14)
    9. Voodoo Woman (with Mighty Joe Young) (3:48)
    10. Wang Dang Doodle (4:24)
    11. Stop Watching Your Enemies (5:16)
    12. Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night (3:04)
    13. Come To Mama (4:48)
    14. Time Will Tell (4:49)
    15. Blues Hotel (with B.B.King) (4:04)
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    In Morocco today, artists draw from a huge variety of styles and traditions, creating music that takes from previously neglected history in order to create new and innovative sounds. In Agadir and Casablanca, two of Morocco’s most vibrantly musical cities, musicians have embraced Morocco’s Amazigh and sub-Saharan roots. On this program, we explore how artists are preserving styles like Gnawa, brought to Morocco by slaves from West Africa, and rwayes, Amazigh troubadour music of southern Morocco. We will also hear everything from Amazigh black metal to a band covering Bob Marley songs with Moroccan instruments, along with some female artists who are powerfully staking out their place in male-dominated genres.

    Produced by Jesse Brent.

    Morocco Dispatch No.1: True Amazigh Black Metal

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    Morocco Dispatch No. 2: Samir Langus’ Gnawa Vision

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  • 10/27/16--08:24: Arbina
  • Noura Mint Seymali is without doubt one of the most compelling traditional African singers to emerge on the international stage in the past decade. She was raised and schooled in the rarified world of Mauritanian griots, who, unlike their counterparts in Mali and elsewhere, do not typically perform in non-traditional settings. Noura’s stepmother, the late Dimi Mint Abba, was an exception to this rule, and in many ways a role model. “Richa,” one of the standout tracks on this, Noura’s second international release, was composed by Dimi’s husband and Noura’s father, Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, a gifted composer who traveled and studied, and always encouraged Noura to sing for the world, not just to her own people. With a folksy lilt and a catchy melody—vaguely reminiscent of “Oh My Darling”—the song’s poetic lines celebrate the artist: “Art’s plume is a balsam, a weapon, and a guide for enlightening the spirits of men.”

    Noura’s quartet gives “Richa” and the other nine songs here bracing, urgent reads. The jangling tonality of Noura’s ardin harp blends beautifully with the fluid guitar riffs played by her virtuoso husband, Jeiche Ould Chigaly. A guitar needs to be re-fretted to play the quarter-tone scales used in this music. The resulting moody modalities are filtered through Jeiche’s watery, flanged electric guitar tone to create an almost human guitar voice that runs through this entire recording. Ousmane Touré on bass and American Matthew Tinari on drums ground the group’s sound in crisp solid rhythms that miraculously merge funk-rock and multilayered 6/8 rhythms.

    All this lays the table for Noura’s spectacular vocal with its soaring crescendos, fluttering ornamentations and soul-searing melodies. On two songs Mayssa Hemed Vall sings backup, adding warm harmonies to key refrains. But mostly the listener locks into the arc of Noura’s hypnotic voice, which can coax pleasing pop hooks out of unfamiliar quarter-tone scales. There is not a weak track here, but I’ll single out “Ghizlane,” which begins in with a brief, arrhythmic vocal improvisation and tumbles into a complex, loping rhythm—a hybrid of 4/4 and 6/8—and then lifts steadily like an enormous aircraft gradually taking flight. Actually, the song describes seeing a giraffe at an oasis and wishing to “run behind the herd.” That image of giraffes running makes the song’s racing crescendo wonderfully visual.

    The lyrics to many of these songs address the divine, asking for guidance and mercy. Arbina itself means a call to God. One song, “Mohammedoun,” praises the prophet Mohammed and includes a line that one of Noura’s relatives wrote and sang to her over WhatsApp—an unexpectedly modern twist. Elsewhere we find aphoristic stories and celebrations of the traveling musician’s life. Many griot songs deliver volleys of praise to patrons and noble ancestors, difficult for outsiders to appreciate. So the fact that these more literary texts are translated and explained in the sleeve notes is a welcome addition to one of the most exciting African releases of the year.


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    Release Name:Lady Gaga – Joanne (Deluxe) Tunes Plus AAC M4A (2016)
    Size:102 MB
    Genres:Pop, Music
    Label: 2016 Interscope RecordsTracklist:
    1. Diamond Heart [Explicit]
    2. A-Yo
    3. Joanne
    4. John Wayne
    5. Dancin' in Circles
    6. Perfect Illusion
    7. Million Reasons
    8. Sinner's Prayer
    9. Come to Mama [Explicit]
    10. Hey Girl (feat. Florence Welch)
    11. Angel Down
    12. Grigio Girls [Explicit]
    13. Just Another Day
    14. Angel Down (Work Tape)
    Digital booklet – Joanne (Deluxe)
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    Joe Sample & NDR Big Band - Children Of The Sun (2012)

    Label: PRA Records
    Жанр: Jazz, Latin
    Год выпуска: 2012
    Формат: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
    Битрейт аудио: Lossless / 320
    Продолжительность: 62:30
    Размер: 405 MB / 166 MB

     


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    Jim James - Eternally Even (2016)

    Jim James - Eternally Even (2016)Jim James - Eternally Even (2016)

    Genre: Indie / Folk
    Origin: USA
    Size/Quality: 76 mb | Mp3, CBR 256 kbps

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    Hope Sandoval & the Warm - Inventions Until the Hunter (2016)

    Hope Sandoval & the Warm - Inventions Until the Hunter (2016)Hope Sandoval & the Warm - Inventions Until the Hunter (2016)

    Genre: Indie / Folk
    Origin: USA
    Size/Quality: 108 mb | Mp3, CBR 256 kbps

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    The Charlie Daniels Band - Windows (1982)
    Artist: The Charlie Daniels Band
    Title Of Album: Windows
    Release Date: 1982
    Location: USA
    Label: Epic (EK 65228)
    Genre: Blues, Country, Southern Rock
    Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue+covers)
    Length: 40:18 min
    Tracks: 10
    Total Size: 324 MB (+5%)

    Windows is the 12th southern rock and country studio album by the Charlie Daniels Band, released on March 5, 1982.

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    Doc Watson - Doc Watson (1964)
    Artist: Doc Watson
    Title Of Album: Doc Watson
    Release Date: 1964 (?)
    Location: USA
    Label: Vanguard
    Genre: Country, Folk, Bluegrass
    Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
    Length: 36:06 min
    Tracks: 13
    Total Size: 206 MB (+5%)

    Doc Watson is the self-titled debut album by Doc Watson, released by Vanguard Records in 1964. The musical supervision was credited to Ralph Rinzler. It was re-issued on CD by Ace Records in 1995 and numerous tracks have been used in compilations such as Vanguard Years and The Best of Doc Watson 1964-1968. In celebration of Vanguard Records 60th Anniversary in 2010, it was re-issued with original artwork on a limited edition 180 gram vinyl record pressing of 500 copies for Record Store Day on April 17.

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    “Diáspora” es una palabra de origen griego que significa “disperso”. Se suele usar para describir situaciones en las que determinados conflictos geopolíticos obligan a las personas a abandonar sus lugares de origen por razones sociales, culturales, políticas o religiosas. Viva Diaspora es el último trabajo de Shantel, y quiere servir de puente para todas esas personas que, de una forma u otra, se han visto en la necesidad de reinventarse.
    Cómo fusionar la música balcánica con la electrónica de baile, sin hacer que pierda su esencia, ha sido la cuestión que ha movido toda la trayectoria profesional de Stefan Hantel, más conocido como Shantel. Alemán de raíces rumanas, comprobó cómo al público de las discotecas donde trabajaba de DJ le encantaba sus mezclas de beats con fragmentos de canciones zíngaras. Esta es la propuesta que ha ido madurando durante su discografía y que se refleja en dos de sus anteriores trabajos, Disko Partizani (2007) y Planet Paprika (2009).

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    Viva Diaspora, fuertemente influenciado por la nueva vida del artista en Atenas, responde a la crítica situación que vive Grecia, con una reivindicación de todos los sonidos mediterráneos. Como señala en una entrevista publicada en b-ritmos, el trabajo “es algo parecido a una road movie de veinticuatro horas que podría ser la banda sonora de una estancia en Atenas, Estambul o Berlín… Soy un artista que vive y trabaja en la diáspora, no en los Balcanes. Creo que la música que yo hago nunca podría haber surgido en la región, pues necesita de la colisión de culturas para nacer. Es un fenómeno muy urbano que sucede en lugares cosmopolitas como Frankfurt, Berlín o Viena”.
    El álbum contiene temas tradicionales, realizados junto a la gran intérprete de santur y cantante griega Areti Ketime y magistrales músicos de Atenas del Grupo Takim (Konstantinos Fotiadis y Thomas Konstantinou). El proyecto, ambicioso y exigente, lleno de pistas rápidas, con una multitextura difícil de clasificar, aprovecha el talento de su Bucovina Orkestar, y de artistas digitales como Iman Baildi. Una trayectoria que conduce desde las tabernas de rebetika de Grecia a los bares de Líbano y Turquía, pasando a continuación a las pistas de bailes de París y Berlín, con influencias del rap y del reggae neoyorquino. Shantel, de nuevo, lo vuelve a hacer. Memorable.

    Página web oficial: Bucovina Club

    tracks list:
    01. Intro-Uncertain Future
    02. Eastwest-Dysi Ki Anatoli (feat. Areti Ketime)
    03. Hey Girl
    04. Promised Land
    05. Disko Devil
    06. Rio-Bucovina Dub
    07. Nikolaki Mou Amanes (feat. Areti Ketime & Takim)
    08. The Streets Where The Kids Have Fun (feat. Iman Baildi)
    09. Oriental Cha Cha
    10. The Whip
    11. Acid Greeks (feat. Iman Baildi)
    12. Today Is Life, Tomorrow Never Comes
    13. Rio
    14. Alright Savica
    15. Viva Diaspora
    16. Exarchia Radiate
    17. Natural Beat






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    The Golden Age of Ethiopian music has been bubbling up to the surface of international musical consciousness. The Ethiopiques compilation series, released over the past 18 years, began to turn the tide for Ethiopian musicians of the old school, bringing across borders the songs of Mulatu Astatke, Alemayehu Eshete, Tilahun Gessesse and others. Ethio-funk bands of a younger generation have been cropping up in the U.S., like Boston’s Debo Band and New York’s Anbessa Orchestra, and many Afro-funk bands across the globe are paying respect to the sounds coming out of Addis in the ’70s (Budos Band, Akale Wube, Shaolin Afronauts).

    This year in New York has been particularly hot for Ethiopian musical icons. This past weekend, a few months after keyboard maestro Hailu Mergia came to Brooklyn, we had a double header: one of the most loved Ethiopian singers, Mahmoud Ahmed, made an appearance at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 22, and Girma Beyene, one of the most prolific composers and arrangers of Ethiopia’s Golden Age, took the stage at CUNY’s Graduate Center Oct. 24. The two, now in their 70s, offered some beautiful music–a window into the vibrations shaking the clubs of Addis Ababa in those years.

    Mahmoud Ahmed

    Mahmoud Ahmed. All photos by Sebastian Bouknight.

    On the stage of the expansive, extravagant Stern Auditorium, Mahmoud Ahmed, regal in white cloth and the red, gold and green of Ethiopia’s flag, sang his rapturous melodies for a euphoric audience. The house was nearly full, with a crowd mostly Ethiopian–much of the stage banter, like all of the songs, was in Amharic. A few songs in was “Erè Mela Mela,” a slow, emotive tune, the sort which he makes glow. There is a word in Amharic, eskista, which describes the feeling of ecstasy that shivers from your shoulders to your feet — the combination of Mahmoud Ahmed’s vocal magic and the majestic performance space filled the hall with this feeling.

    img_2625 img_3098His setlist flowed between the gorgeous melancholy of songs like “Tizita” and those like “Bemen Sebeb Litlash,” which brought everyone to their feet and into the aisles with its hot energy. Ahmed himself carried the feelings of his melodies, seated and still for “Tizita,” but more often glowing with a smile and subtle but spirited shoulder-shaking dance moves. Of course, his band was the vessel for his voice, laying down solid instrumentals the whole night through.

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    In addition to Mahmoud Ahmed’s exuberant, joyful and entirely moving artistic performance, the passion of the audience was a thing of beauty. The crowd absolutely loved and respected the man, offering standing ovations for most songs, singing along with a deep sense of familiarity, and dancing down the aisles to the stage–a great thing to see in a seating space so often buttoned-up and static. Ahmed’s musical power is formidable and extensive, moving at least one man to travel from as far as Italy just for this show.

    Mahmoud Ahmed and band

    Mahmoud Ahmed and band


    A few days later, Girma Beyene took the stage at Elebash Hall, backed by the D.C.-based Ethio-funk group, Feedel Band.

    Girma Beyene

    Girma Beyene

    Beyene’s position in the Ethiopian music scene is quite different from Ahmed’s: he has recorded only a handful of songs back in the ’70s and ’80s as a vocalist, but has composed, arranged or written lyrics for several dozen. Percussionist Mikias Abebayehu for Feedel Band spoke with admiration and respect for Beyene, describing much of his musical youth as trying to figure out how Beyene put together and played his songs.

    Mikias Abebeyahu

    Mikias Abebeyahu

    Moges Habte

    Moges Habte

    The band laid a solid foundation for Beyene’s piano and vocals, commanded by Alemseged Kebede’s mighty bass lines, Araya Woldemichael’s squirrelly, Herbie Hancock synth solos, Kenneth Joseph’s cascading, insistent 6/8 drum beats and Moges Habte’s gorgeous, subtle saxophone work. We saw Kebede and Joseph earlier this year, playing in a trio with Hailu Mergia, and Habte, like both Beyene and Mergia, played with the famous Walias Band back in the day.

    Araya Woldemichael

    Araya Woldemichael

    Kenneth Joseph and Alemseged Kebede

    Kenneth Joseph and Alemseged Kebede

    Girma Beyene and Feedel Band

    Girma Beyene and Feedel Band

    Beyene, in a golf cap and Feedel Band T-shirt, was easy-going, all smiles and all jokes, clearly enjoying being back in the performing world, after a decades-long break. He started with a song of adoration, “Enkèn Yèlélèbesh,” his suave, jazzy voice crooning about a beautiful Ethiopian woman. Several times during the evening, Beyene spoke with an intense nostalgia of his wife–muse for much of his music–whose untimely passing in 1984 spurred his long departure from music. The Ethiopian term tizita perfectly describes such a deep feeling of insatiable yearning for that which is irreversibly lost. He dedicated many of his slower, heartfelt songs to his wife and to his daughter, who he brought up on stage several times, saying that they hadn’t seen each other in six years. In the decades since his wife’s death, he worked for many years as a gas station attendant in Washington, D.C. but more recently moved back to Ethiopia–only in the last few years has his musical life been reborn, now playing in the U.S. and set to release an album in 2017.

    Girma Beyene and his daughter

    Girma Beyene and his daughter

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    Beyene’s style is unique and surprisingly varied. The jump between smooth tunes with roots in jazz, like “Ené Nègn Bay Manèsh,” and others that sounded somewhere between an old-school country tune and ’50s twist and shout (with Amharic lyrics), was sometimes hard to jive with, but was a clear picture of the profusion of American radio undoubtedly rocking Addis in Beyene’s youth. You get a sense for his compositional creativity, with one finely crafted, catchy tune after another–all his creations. Even though Beyene sat it out, the band really shone on his song “Musicawi Silt,” probably the most covered Ethiopian song ever, a hard and heavy rocker with an unforgettable horn line. But the real joy was seeing the man himself sitting at the grand piano, crooning his classic love songs. We’re certainly looking forward to his return to the music world, hopefully with some beautiful new tunes in tow.

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