Tlahoun Gessesse Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 4

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    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Alègntayé
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Kulun Mankwalèsh (70)
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Aykèdashem Lebé
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Bèyèt Nèw Mèngèdu
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Ené Nègn Wèy Antchi
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Yèné Felagoté
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Tezalègn Yètentu
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Tchuhetén Betsèmu
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Lantchi Biyé
    • Tlahoun Gessesse – Kulun Mankwalèsh (73)
    • 1. Alègntayé
    • 2. Kulun Mankwalèsh (70)
    • 3. Aykèdashem Lebé
    • 4. Bèyèt Nèw Mèngèdu
    • 5. Ené Nègn Wèy Antchi
    • 6. Yèné Felagoté
    • 7. Tezalègn Yètentu
    • 8. Tchuhetén Betsèmu
    • 9. Lantchi Biyé
    • 10. Kulun Mankwalèsh (73)

    A stunning set of vocal recordings by Tlahoun Gessesse - one of the most important singers during the golden age of Ethiopian music - caught here on a set of sides that sadly saw that period coming to an end! The tracks on the set are mostly from the early 70s, a time that saw great political changes in Ethiopia - and tremendous censorship and restrictions on cultural production. Gessesse's vocals during this time are perhaps even more melancholy and heartfelt than before, and he's working here on a number of sides with the legendary Mulatu - with arrangements that have a angular, almost modernist edge. Despite the language barriers that keep us from understanding what Gessesse's singing about, there's an incredibly evocative quality to the work that transcends time and place.

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