ETHIOPIAN URBAN AND TRIBAL MUSIC (RECORDED BY RAGNAR JOHNSON & RALPH HARRISSON)
Mindanoo Mistiru / Gold From Wax 2LP
Sub Rosa 434 / GER / 2017
Mindanoo Mistiru means 'What is the Unknown?' and Gold From Wax refers to the layers of meaning in Amharic poetry. Ethiopia has many languages and styles of music. These recordings were made in the Empire of Ethiopia in 1971. The music recorded in Addis Ababa uses masenko fiddles, craar and bagana lyres, washint flutes and kabaro drums. There is folk music played in Addis Ababa tej beit bars with vocals, craar, masenko, washint and kabaro, Ethiopian Christian songs accompanied by the bagana large 'Harp of David' and Mary Armeede's craar accompanied Amharic sung poetry. There are Afar chants and flutes from the Danakil Desert, Anuak thumb piano, Nuer harp, laments and drumming, a Konso dance and a Gidole flute dance from the Sudan and Kenya borderlands.