Taitu (Soul-Fuelled Stompers From 1960s-1970s Ethiopia)

Ernesto Chahoud’s ‘Taitu’ is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s Addis Ababa.

A breathless journey through the unique Ethio sound that bands were forging at the time, the 24-track compilation is the result of the Lebanese DJ and crate digger’s decadelong love affair with the ‘golden age’ of Ethiopian music.

Among the musical gems featured are 7”s by some of the heavyweights of the scene including the godfather of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke and Alemayehu Eshete, the vocalist dubbed the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’, alongside tracks by more obscure artists such as Merawi Yohannis and Birkineh Wurga.
For ‘Taitu’, Chahoud has selected 24 of his essential Ethio-Soul 7”s, that never leave his DJ box, and together they capture this opportune moment in Ethiopian music history that saw bands experiment with an armful of influences: gliding through R&B, rock & roll, jazz, funk, soul and boogaloo. What came out was a distinctly Ethiopian interpretation: pentatonic scales, horn-driven melodies and soul-shattering vocals sung in Amharic.
The songs are difficult to box in to one genre but they share a simplicity and rawness, added to by their lo-fi quality – with many recordings made in rudimentary studios with only a couple of mics for the entire band. From the R&B stomper ‘Honey Baby’ by Alemayehu Eshete to Astatke’s swaggering ethnic-jazz instrumental ‘Emnete’ and the bluesy melancholic vocals of Hirut Bekele on ‘Ewnetegna Feker’, ‘Taitu’ is a window in on the exciting records being made in Ethiopia in the 1970s.

– An extensive guide to an experimental period in Ethiopia’s music history during the 1960s and 1970s
– A diverse compilation that takes in everything from Ethio jazz and soul to dancefloor clappers and rhythm and blues
– The debut compilation from Lebanese DJ and crate digger Ernesto Chahoud who’s hunted down these treasures for years
– Rare Ethiopian tracks, many of which are compiled and released on vinyl for the first time
– Full press, radio and digital media campaign in all key territories

Item détails
Artist : Ernesto Chahoud
Title : Taitu (Soul-Fuelled Stompers From 1960s-1970s Ethiopia)
Label : BBE
Réf. label : BBE 369CLP
Genre : Afro
Country : UK
Year : 2018
Format : 3xLP
Origine : Original
Record Condition : MINT
Sleeve Condition : SEALED
Second hand : Non
Price : 37,00 EUR
Out of Stock

Side 1
1. Menelik Wossenatchew - Fikratchin
2. Mulatu Astatke - Emnete
3. Teshome Meteku - Hasabe
4. Birkineh Wurga - Alkedashim
Side 2
1. Selomon Shibeshi - Endiet Zenegashiw
2. Alemayehu Eshete - Chiro Adarie Negne
3. Hirut Bekele - Ewnetegna Feker
4. Bezunesh Bekele & Body Guard Band - Felagote
Side 3
1. Alemayehu Eshete - Mekeyershene Salawke
2. Tilahun Gessesse - Aykedashim Libe
3. Merawi Yohannis - Teleyeshign
4. Hirut Bekele & Alemayehu Eshete - Temelese
5. Alemayehu Eshete - Honey Baby
Side 4
1. Seifu Yohannes - Ebo Lala (Ethiopian Clappers & More)
2. Bezunesh Bekele - Aha Gedawo
3. Alemayehu Borobor - Yeshebelewa
4. Seifu Yohannes - Mela Mela
Side 5
1. Tilahun Gessesse - Sigibgib Joroye
2. Alemayehu Eshete - Gizew Honeshyna
3. Bahta G Hiwot - Tessassategn Eko
4. Getatchew Kassa - Fikrishin Eshaleyu
Side 6
1. Hirut Bekele - Almokerkum Nebere
2. Muluken Melesse - Alagegnhwatem
3. Menelik Wossenachew - Tezeta
4. Tamrat Molla - Ene Yewodedquat

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