Thursday, July 27, 2017

Fendika - Birabiro [Terp Records 027]

Released only recently via the Netherlands-based label Terp Records is "Birabiro", the most recent album by the Ethiopian five piece band named Fendika which is and has been founded by Melaku Belay, known as musician as well as a dedicated and passionate night club owner in his hometown Addis Abeba. Based in and named after the independent, self-sustaining venue of the same name we see Fendika continue and at the same time develop the tradition of the Azmari, a very specific kind of Ethiopian singers and entertainers, for the future, reshaping their perception and work ethics for these modern times as well as providing a new sense of cultural value and tradition keeping not only in the groups hometown but also via touring and, as provided here, by recording traditional Azmari songs from various regions of the country for an international audience which, for many parts, would never be able to experience the magic and vast variety of Azmari music on location. Interesting stuff for those who'd like to keep their ears and minds open for fascinating musical experiences from beyond the Western hemisphere.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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