mahmoud Ahmed & Ibex Band – Jeguol Naw Betwa
Mississippi Records 2011



On Mississippi Records we find this 2011 re-issue of
Mahmoud Ahmed’s Jeguol Naw Betwa, with the Ibex
Band. Originally released in 1978, wonderful Ethiopian
stuff for which I make this exception in posting new
material. Float away on these rare old tunes,
simply irresistible..

Vandaag maak ik een uitzondering en plaats een re-issue.
Normaal gesproken slechts oude plaatjes maar deze in 1978
origineel verschenen schijf is zoo fijn dat ik het niet kon laten.
Op Mississippi Records en uit 2011, Mahmoud Ahmed en de
Ibex Band nemen je mee op een Ethiopische zweef reis,
gewoonweg onweerstaanbaar..

P.S. label and back sleeve do not agree on track order,
I stuck with the label track order..

P.S. label en hoes van de plaat zijn het oneens over de
volgorde van de nummers, ik geloof het label..

tracks ;

01 – Jeguol naw betwa
02 – Neshtie
03 – Fetsum dink lij nesh
04 – Hoy na-na jegnaw na
05 – Marie gela
06 – Bemin sebeb lotlash
07 – Anwedim tekatin
08 – Endet lilakek
09 – Gebtewat yihon fikrien?


Mahmoud Ahmed – Ere Mela Mela,
Crammed Discs 1986

Mahmoud Ahmed, front

Good afternoon, since I am unable to perform my regular
blog activities from home, I am now working from the office.
Next week everything will be normal again. For now we’ll
do some stuff from cd. Mahmoud Ahmed’s Ere Mela Mela
was released on cd in 1986 already. It is a marvelous album
one should not miss, take it and give it a spin..


01 – Sidetegnash Negn-Samiraye
02 – Indenesh Gedaow
03 – Bemin Sebeb Litlash
04 – Abay Mado-Imbwa Belew
05 – Atawurulign Lela
06 – Ohoho Gedama
07 – Ere Mela Mela-Meche Neu
08 – Fetsum Dink Lij Nesh
09 – Belomy Benna
10 – Asheweyna


T’zeta, Ethiopian Blues – Various Artists

Do you know that 1989 BBC double CD, ‘Under African Skies’?
When it first came to my ears I was blown away by one song specially.
It is the last track on the album but it made an incredible impression.
The voice of Bezawork Asfew is the most extraordinary, first time I heard
it, it sent shivers down my spine, spontaneous goosebumps, tears,
words can’t express how that felt, ever since I’ve been looking around to find
her music. All paths seem to lead to the CD this track comes from. If anyone
can help us to find something, anything she made, that would be super.
With the help of the great series on Buda Musique, ‘éthiopiques’, I made a
compilation of different versions of ‘T’zeta’ or ‘Tezeta’, a traditional
that practically all Ethiopian musicians seem to have played, listen.

After receiving all your tips, it seemed appropriate to post this fantastic
Youtube movie, thank you very very much for enlightening me !!!


1 Bezawork Asfew – T’zeta
2 Mahmoud Ahmed – Tezeta
3 Mulatu Astatqe – Tezeta
4 Sèyfou Yohannès – Tezeta
5 Menelik Wèsnatchèw – Tezeta
6 Either/Orchestra – Soul Tezeta
7 Tèsfa-Maryam Kidané – Tezeta
8 Mahmoud Ahmed – Tezeta, long version
9 Gétatchèw Kassa – Tezeta, slow
10 Gétatchèw Kassa – Tezeta, fast


Mahmoud Ahmed – Erè Mèla Mèla, Buda Musique

Mahmoud Ahmed, front

From Mali and Nigeria we go to Ethiopia, this music is unique
in it’s kind. Terms like ‘Melancholy blues’, ‘Brassy Danceable
Urban Jazz’, ‘Heart-wrenching’ are named but it remains hard to
give a proper discription of this sound. Anyway, it is very nice
and Mahmoud Ahmed is one of their Biggest artists, it was originally
issued in 1975 but this is a recent re-release, listen !


1 Abbay mado – Embwa bèlèw
2 Atawurulegn léla
3 Tezeta
4 Ohoho gédama
5 Ebakesh tarèqign
6 Erè mèla mèla Mètché nèw
7 Sedètègnash nègn – Samerayé
8 Endénèsh gèdawo

Link has been removed on request of publisher !