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  • review February 2, 2017

    Artifacts

    Black Flower is a jazz group that hails from Belgium, but you probably wouldn’t guess it based on how they sound. Painting with the pentatonic brush of Golden Age Ethiopian music, Black Flower proves to be more than just capable … Read more »

  • botb December 29, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Gigi–New Voice From Ethiopia

    To accompany and expand upon this week’s Afropop Worldwide program “Ethiopia, Part One: Empire and Revolution,” we are featuring a Beat cover story from 2002 on Gigi Shibabaw, then a rising young singer on the international stage. Under the aegis … Read more »

  • blog October 27, 2016

    Two Greats of Ethiopia’s Golden Age: Mahmoud Ahmed and Girma Beyene

    The Golden Age of Ethiopian music has been bubbling up to the surface of international musical consciousness. The Ethiopiques compilation series, released over the past 18 years, began to turn the tide for Ethiopian musicians of the old school, bringing … Read more »

  • blog July 5, 2016

    Field Report: Hailu Mergia at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn

    The New York-based Anbessa Orchestra opened Friday night’s show (July 1) with their take on golden-age Ethiopian popular music. The septet played the rhythms and melodies of ‘70s Addis Ababa nightclubs with the horn-rich intensity and instrumentation of a contemporary … Read more »

  • contest June 24, 2016

    Ticket Giveaway: Hailu Mergia Show July 1 at Pioneer Works

    Hailu Mergia is one of Ethiopia’s premier accordion, keyboard and synthesizer players. Perhaps best known as the keyboardist of the Walias Band from Addis Ababa, Mergia awed American audiences after his move to the U.S. in the early ’80s to … Read more »

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