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To this album Gigi brought several different Ethiopian rhythms. There is a song with a touch of Guragegnya (Embe Asheferegne), and an Agaw song (Monew Natana). Other than that, Gig sticks to Amhara based music, with the two catchiest Ethiopian scales (Bati and Tizita). There are, of course, touches of funk that probably come from Bill Laswell.
It is interesting to compare this music, aimed at world music market, with music that is being aimed at Ethiopians more exclusively. While Gigi's music is very rhythmic, it is not dance music, while practically all music that is produced for the Ethiopian market is dance music.
Gigi's great contribution is that her work offers the highest standards of production - in sound, arrangement and instrumentation. She thus opens the way for Ethiopian musicians to the broader world market, and brings the Ethiopian sounds to many fresh, non-Ethiopian ears.
Gigi has an average voice in the traditional Ethiopian sense, but her voice is perfect for the setting that the album offers. It is sensual and reflective, and allows the general "world" mood that is required. The playing of the other musicians on this cd is amazing, from the traditional Kirar and washint to the more modern saxophone. The tenor sax is played by Moges Habte, who is, in my opinion, the leading Ethiopian sax player today, and deserves greater exposure.
My favorite track is the last, "Ethiopia", that features a beautiful, haunting loop behind Gigi's best singing.
This cd is essential for anyone interested in Ethiopian music, world music, or just good music that feels great.
This is a beautiful album with more great singing from the excellent Gigi Shibabaw, good musicianship from Ethiopian musicians, very relaxing music. Check out Gigi's other albums as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The CD was delivered to me on time and well packaged. It is a modern music and by a very contemporary musician. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Martha Teklu
Very nice world music. It appears to me to be real folk music. From the oldest Christian Country. Enjoyable to listen to.Published on April 29, 2013 by David R. Ingham
gigi is beautiful & hypnotic, an excellent CD, spanning genres, continents and musical styles. a worthy add to your collection.Published on December 10, 2012 by Dorothy A. Hawkinson
The most authentic music album I never heard in my life. The vocal is so beautiful, it led my body vibrate every time I heard it and the lyrics are so vivid, it made me feel like... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by tmersha
I have owned this cd/album for at least two years and I love it. I listen to it endlessly. It is always on my car cd player, never out of my sight. Read morePublished on October 31, 2007 by Cheryl Clarke
Handle by Steve Swallow, Gigi Shibabaw give us a pure traditional moment of
Ethiopian music song mixed wid some occidental polyrythms. Read more
Really nice music to listen to while relaxing or chilling later at night. There is a scense of mystery in this and GiGi's first album which I really like also. Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by Math 27
Wow, I've never heard Ethiopian music, this is fantastic, the more you listen the more it gets you, each song unfolding into the next it comes close to creating a trance, her voice... Read morePublished on October 8, 2004 by c.c.c.