ASNAKETCH WORKU "ASNAKETCH"

ASNAKETCH WORKU "ASNAKETCH"
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In 1975, keyboardist and bandleader Hailu Mergia got a call from the owner of Misratch Music Shop to do a recording with Asnakech and he went for it. This recording is a nearly-forgotten artifact of the remarkable icon's singular legacy, remastered and available outside Ethiopia for the first time. It also provides a rare glimpse into Mergia's work as a arranger-sideman in the Addis Ababa music scene.

This trio recording featuring Mergia on organ and Temare Harege on drums using only brushes is starkly minimal but deeply evocative. The minimalist arrangements ensure the focus is on Asnakech's incisive—and occasionally romantic—lyrics and her virtuosic krar performance.

 
 

   
Tracklisting
Side A.  
1. Jinyew
 
2. Tche Belew    
3. Awkew Beneber    
Side B.    
1. Baynelay Yidal
   
2. Mingizem Yene New  
Side C.  
1. Tew Begize Giba  
2. Sak Bleh Askegn  
3. Abyotegnaw Jegna  
Side D.  
1. Kand Yerega Deg New  
2. Mech Alkugn Lela Sew  

 
   
Artist Title  
ASNAKETCH WORKU ASNAKETCH  
     
Label Cat.#  
AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA ATFA.031  
     
Year Format  
2019 2XLP  
     
Additional Info.    
     

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