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  • 1. Abbèbè Tèssèmma – Gèbrè Guratch Guté
  • 2. Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Agul Nèw
  • 3. Fréw Haylou – Almaz Men Eda Nèw
  • 4. Abbèbè Haylè-Michael – Qondjityé
  • 5. Damtèw Ayèlè – Wèfé Yelala
  • 6. Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Megnot Eko Helm Nèw
  • 7. Alèmayèhu Eshèté – Enkoy Nat Yabay Dar
  • 8. Gèmètchu Itana – Yakolèlé
  • 9. Essatu Tèssèmma – Tchebo Aymolam
  • 10. Haylé Wèrqu – Tsegérèda Abèba
  • 11. Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Feqer Bétwan Sèrta
  • 12. Essatu Tèssèmma – Ayamaru Eshèté
  • 13. Abbèbè Tèssèmma – Ashasha Bèyèw
  • 14. Abaynèh Dèdjènè – Yèbèrèha Lomi
  • 15. Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Kasègnèsh
  • 16. Essatu Tèssèmma & Sèyfou Yohannes – Feqer Bèqumèna
  • 17. Gèmètchu Itana – Shemèrmari Tiya
  • 18. Essatu Tèssèmma – Abèbayénèsh
  • 19. Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Bezu Gizié Allèfè
  • 20. Haylé Wèrqu – Yèborèma Gamé
  • 21. Abaynèh Dèdjènè – Balèndjèré
  • 22. Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Sèlam Lèhulatchem

The Swinging Addis scene of the 1960s and early 1970s, before the military takeover, was a period of intense experimenting that encompassed the traditional repertoire. Whether Oromo or Amhara, all the greatest voices of the time took part with intense creative fervour, as can be heard on this 25th CD in the Ethiopiques collection. It features such pop singers as Tlahoun Gèssèssè, Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Sèyfou Yohannes and Essatu Tèssèmma, as well as traditional artists such as Fréw Haylou, Abbèbè Tèssèmma and Haylé Wèrqu. Instruments include the washint flute, the krar lyre and the one-string messenqo alongside fèrendj (foreign) acoustic  instruments such as the piano, accordion and mandoline.

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