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A true Ethiopian legend, Alemayehu Eshete has toured all over the world, and was one of the first to record music to vinyl in Ethiopia. In 1984 he won a Tchaikovsky composition award at the International Music Festival in Dresden, Germany. AIT Records considers it a great pleasure to present his most recent recording - a snapshot of the greatest work from his vast repertoire. All the music has been masterfully produced and rearranged by Ethiopia's leading producer and musician, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota.

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Alemayehu Eshete, an Ethiopian musical legend, comes from Addis Ababa. His powerful contribution to Ethiopian music is unparalleled. He was one of the first to record music to vinyl in Ethiopian and is the winner of a Tchaikovsky composition award at the International Music Festival in Dresden, Germany. The songs on this CD have made Alemayehu an icon on Ethiopian music. All music on this CD has been masterfully produced and rearranged by Ethiopia's leading producer and musician, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: AIT Records, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00000IQYG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By nadav haber on August 14, 2001
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Alemayhu Eshete was known in Ethiopia in the early 70's as "the Ethiopian James Brown". While the comparison to me is unfounded, Eshete's style was always closer to American R&B than any other famous Ethiopian singer.
His style as a young man - shouting, full of energy - is not what you will find on this CD. The music here is as close to jazz fusion as any Ethiopian music ever got. Behind Eshete's unusually soft vocals we hear the best work so far done by one of the leading figures in Ethiopian music today - Abegasu Shiota. Using Jazz oriented horn players together with his own keyboard and Fasil Wehab's bass - Abegasu created a totally new sound - modern, jazzy, yet fully Ethiopian. I liked ALL tracks on this CD - something which happens rarely...
The music here is recommanded in so many ways - just try it.
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Alemayehu Eshete is a legend in his native Ethiopia, and on this CD, which was recorded in New York in 1998, he gives us a good mix to celebrate his talent, from the jazzy track # 2, "Temar Lije" (Eshete), to the blander pop sound of # 9, "Mishitu Demeke" (Berhane), and track # 7, "Tikur Gissila", another of the many songs written by Eshete, oddly reminds me of Japanese rock/pop !

"Habeshia" (# 8) is a traditional Sudanese song that will sound familiar to anyone who has heard music from that region of Africa.

The number that really captures my interest is # 6, "Filiklike" (Eshete), which has a more traditional melodic and rhythmic pattern, and shares a musical kinship with the work of Eshete's fellow Ethiopian, the great Mahmoud Ahmed. The instrumentation on this and many other songs is fabulous, and the backbone is producer/arranger Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, who provides the keyboards and rhythmic programming for all the tracks, and on 9 of the 10 tracks there is the marvelous bass of Fasil Wuhib.

Others terrific musicians are Kenneth Henry Rampton on trumpet, Donald McCaslin on Saxophone, and on 4 numbers, Tosso Hettinger on guitar.

Eshete's voice is mellow with a smooth smokiness to it, and he has been singing and recording for decades, receiving much international acclaim; this is an excellent addition to any world music CD collection, the sound is good and total time is 57'27.
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By A Customer on October 23, 2002
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This dribble does not deserve the name of the admas band. It is boring and dull, not the usual Alemayehu I'm used to.
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