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Ernesto Chahoud - Taitu (Soul-Fuelled Stompers From The 1960s-1970s Ethiopia) - 3x LP Vinyl


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Ernesto Chahoud
Taitu (Soul-Fuelled Stompers From The 1960s-1970s Ethiopia)
12" Vinyl

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Ernesto Chahoud’s ‘Taitu’ is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s Addis Ababa. A breathless journey through the unique Ethio sound that bands were forging at the time, the 24-track compilation is the result of the Lebanese DJ and crate digger’s decadelong love affair with the ‘golden age’ of Ethiopian music.

Among the musical gems featured are 7”s by some of the heavyweights of the scene including the godfather of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke and Alemayehu Eshete, the vocalist dubbed the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’, alongside tracks by more obscure artists such as Merawi Yohannis and Birkineh Wurga.

For ‘Taitu’, Chahoud has selected 24 of his essential Ethio-Soul 7”s, that never leave his DJ box, and together they capture this opportune moment in Ethiopian music history that saw bands experiment with an armful of influences: gliding through R&B, rock & roll, jazz, funk, soul and boogaloo. What came out was a distinctly Ethiopian interpretation: pentatonic scales, horn-driven melodies and soul-shattering vocals sung in Amharic.

The songs are difficult to box in to one genre but they share a simplicity and rawness, added to by their lo-fi quality – with many recordings made in rudimentary studios with only a couple of mics for the entire band.

From the R&B stomper ‘Honey Baby’ by Alemayehu Eshete to Astatke’s swaggering ethnic-jazz instrumental ‘Emnete’ and the bluesy melancholic vocals of Hirut Bekele on ‘Ewnetegna Feker’, ‘Taitu’ is a window in on the exciting records being made in Ethiopia in the 1970s.
A1–Menelik WossenatchewFikratchin
A2–Mulatu AstatkeEmnete
A3–Teshome Meteku*Hasabe
A4–Birkineh WurgaAlkedashim
B1–Selomon Shibeshi*Endiet Zenegashiw
B2–Alemayehu EsheteChiro Adarie Negne
B3–Hirut BekeleEwnetegna Feker
B4–Bezunesh BekeleFelagote
C1–Alemayehu EsheteMekeyershene Salawke
C2–Tilahun GessesseAykedashim Libe
C3–Merawi YohannisTeleyeshign
C4–Hirut Bekele And Alemayehu EsheteTemelese
C5–Alemayehu EsheteHoney Baby
D1–Seifu YohannesEbo Lala
D2–Bezunesh BekeleAha Gedawo
D3–Alemayehu BoroborYeshebelewa
D4–Seifu YohannesMela Mela
E1–Tilahun GessesseSigibgib Joroye
E2–Alemayehu EsheteGizew Honeshyna
E3–Bahta G. Hiwot*Tessassategn Eko
E4–Getatchew Kassa*Fikrishin Eshaleyu
F1–Hirut BekeleAlmokerkum Nebere
F2–Muluken MelesseAlagegnhwatem
F3–Menelik Wossenachew*Tezeta
F4–Tamrat Molla*Ene Yewodedquat

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