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Yene Mircha

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2020
Track listing: Semen Ena Debub; Yene Mircha; Bayne Lay Yihedal; Abichu Nega Nega; Yene Abeba; Shemendefer.

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Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha

Read "Yene Mircha" reviewed by Chris May


While Mulatu Astatke is the musician most widely associated with the creation of Ethio-jazz, fellow keyboardist Hailu Mergia is among other significant figures. Astatke is best known overseas because he was the most outward looking of Ethio-jazz's first generation, studying at London's Trinity College of Music and Boston's Berklee College of Music and making his first ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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OrgelDuo: Hr & Fru OrgelDuo Travels the World

Read "Hr & Fru OrgelDuo Travels the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


The idea of combining jazz with a graphic novel seemed like a onetime-event when saxophonist Wayne Shorter did it with Emanon (Blue Note, 2018). But here comes a project in the same spirit, albeit with a more quirky and humorous touch. Hr & Fru OrgelDuo Travels the World is an invitation into the strange and wonderful ...

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Lala Belu

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2018
Track listing: Tizita; Addis Nat; Gum Gum; Anchihoye Lene; Lala Belu; Yefikir Engurguro.

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Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Read "Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe. Happy Listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...

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Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu

Read "Lala Belu" reviewed by Chris May


Mulatu Astatke is by a long chalk the most widely known exponent of Ethio-Jazz. Propelled on to the world stage by the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch's 2005 movie, Broken Flowers, and subsequently picked up by record labels and festival bookers in Europe and the US, Astatke deserves all the acclaim that comes his way. But, curiously, ...

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Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu

Read "Lala Belu" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Sometimes a story comes full circle in the most unexpected way. Ethiopian keyboard and accordion maestro, Hailu Mergia, has enjoyed a well-deserved renaissance with the reissues of his classic albums on Brian Shimkovitz' label Awesome Tapes from Africa: Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye, Tche Belew and Wede Harer Guzo. However, Mergia ...

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Wede Harer Guzo

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2016
Track listing: Embuwa Bey Lamitu; Sintayehu; Bati Bati; Migibima Moltual; Yene Nesh Wey (Amalele); Wede Harer Guzo; Yemanesh Ayinama; Almaz Eyasebkush; Anchin Kfu Ayinkash; Minilbelsh.


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