Album Review

Hasabe [coll] – [Mississippi Records]

Naysayer   4/24/2013   12-inch, International

Oh Almighty Mississippi/Change Records, you have done it again!?? This wonderful collection of Ethiopian pop/rhythm and blues from 1969- 1974 showcases some of the best of the time.?? This is the third vinyl release that Mississippi/Change has undertaken to rerelease the Ethiopiques CD collection of this music, and it is a sure fire hit, or else you are dead.?? Funky soulful rhythms set the??backdrop to those amazing Ethiopian vocals.????Seemingly traditional in??vocalizing style with bends and twists to the modern ’70’s, it turns into the perfect blend of two different approaches to music making something new and, dare I say, happy.?? The vocals at times almost sound out of tune/off key yet that is the ignorance of the western ear.?? It is astounding.?? And danceable.?? I challenge you not to move to this.?? It’s music from a house party long ago where couples may have held each others hands as they shimmied and shaked around the living room.???? Pure bliss.


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