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Postcards From Africa #2: Ethiopian fusion

Three Ethiopian tracks from the last few years joining the dots between past and present, crossing continents and blending styles. First up, Samuel Yirga’s 2012 version of I Am the Black Gold of the Sun with Nicolette. Samuel used to be in Dub Colossus and is the most amazing keyboard player. I saw him live in a tiny bar in Addis a couple of years ago really cutting loose playing a wonderful mix of jazz and funk in true Herbie Hancock style. He’s currently to be found entertaining diners on a Saturday night in one of Addis’ great Italian restaurants. My kind of piano man…His album from a few years back on Real World is well worth checking if you missed it.

Samuel Yirga – Black Gold of the Sun with Nicolette and the Creole Choir of Cuba.

Second up, Prins Thomas turns Hailu Mergia into a Balearic sunset monster. Awesome Tapes From Africa score again.

Thirdly, Mikael Seifu brings us right up to date whilst taking us right back. Skippy beats and ethereal vocals. And a mad take on Can You Feel It on the flip. What’s not to like? There are still copies in Phonica and Piccadilly… Click here to listen.

Mikael Seifu, Ethiopian Fusion, Test Pressing, Review

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