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Ethiopia Part 1: Empire and Revolution

Ethiopia was the first Christian nation in Africa, and the only African country never to be colonized. With Ethnomusicologist Kay Kaufman Shelemay and Ethiopian music scholar and compiler Francis Falceto as guests, this Hip Deep program explores the role of the Ethiopian church and monarchy in building the country’s unique, brassy, pop music. We sample the hot sounds of “swinging Addis” on the eve of the 1974 revolution. Produced by Banning Eyre.