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Ernesto Chahoud - Taitu: Soul-Fuelled Stompers from 1960s-1970s Ethiopia

Ernesto Chahoud’s "Taitu" is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s Addis Ababa. A breathless journey through the unique Ethio sound that bands were forging at the time, the 24 track compilation is the result of the Lebanese DJ and crate digger’s decade long love affair with the ‘golden age’ of Ethiopian music. Among the musical gems featured are 7”s by some of the heavyweights of the scene including the godfather of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke and Alemayehu Eshete, the vocalist dubbed the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’, alongside tracks by more obscure artists such as Merawi Yohannis and Birkineh Wurga. 

For ‘Taitu’, Chahoud has selected 24 of his essential Ethio-Soul 7”s, that never leave his DJ box, and together they capture this opportune moment in Ethiopian music history that saw bands experiment with an armful of influences: gliding through R&B, rock & roll, jazz, funk, soul and boogaloo. What came out was a distinctly Ethiopian interpretation: pentatonic scales, horn-driven melodies and soul-shattering vocals sung in Amharic. The songs are difficult to box in to one genre but they share a simplicity and rawness, added to by their lo-fi quality - with many recordings made in rudimentary studios with only a couple of mics for the entire band. 

From the R&B stomper ‘Honey Baby’ by Alemayehu Eshete to Astatke’s swaggering ethnic-jazz instrumental ‘Emnete’ and the bluesy melancholic vocals of Hirut Bekele on ‘Ewnetegna Feker’, ‘Taitu’ is a window in on the exciting records being made in Ethiopia in the 1970s and comes fully endorsed by us here at Picc HQ.  

1. Menelik Wossenatchew – Fikratchin
2. Mulatu Astatke – Emnete
3. Teshome Meteku - Hasabe
4. Birkineh Wurga – Alkedashim
5. Selomon Shibeshi – Endiet Zenegashiw
6. Alemayehu Eshete – Chiro Adarie Negne 
7. Hirut Bekele – Ewnetegna Feker
8. Bezunesh Bekele – Felagote
9. Alemayehu Eshete – Mekeyershene Salawke
10. Tilahun Gessesse – Aykedashim Libe
11. Merawi Yohannis – Teleyeshign
12. Hirut Bekele & Alemayehu Eshete – Temelese
13. Alemayehu Eshete – Honey Baby
14. Seifu Yohannes – Ebo Lala
15. Bezunesh Bekele – Aha Gedawo
16. Alemayehu Borobor – Yeshebelewa
17. Seifu Yohannes – Mela Mela
18. Tilahun Gessesse – Sigibgib Joroye
19. Alemayehu Eshete – Gizew Honeshyna
20. Bahta G. Hiwot – Tessassategn Eko
21. Getatchew Kassa – Fikrishin Eshaleyu 
22. Hirut Bekele – Almokerkum Nebere
23. Muluken Melesse – Alagegnhwatem
24. Menelik Wossenachew – Tezeta 
25. Tamrat Molla - Ene Yewodedquat


Artist:  Ernesto Chahoud
Label:  BBE
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Funk, Soul & Disco

Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  BBE369CLP
Released:  16 February 2018

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