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Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt – Tèssassatègn Eko (1971)

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  1. DanBC
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    (EDIT: I just found this, and it's a good introduction:...

    (EDIT: I just found this, and it's a good introduction: http://ethio-pain-music.blogspot.com/search/label/compilation?updated-max=2013-12-03T03:45:00-08:00&max-results=20&start=61&by-date=false&m=0 and link to other music)

    I'm really enjoying some albums called "Swinging Addis". I've been looking for things that I can gently dance to, and these fit the bill nicely.

    I'm struggling to find good information, but here's what I have: https://www.last.fm/music/Bahta+G%C3%A8br%C3%A8-Heyw%C3%A8t/+wiki

    Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt was born April 1943 in Adigrat, Tigray province, Northern Ethiopia. He became a singer after a successful wager. Egged on by friends, he was selected, along with Girma Bèyènè, from a field of 70 candidates, to become a singer with the Ras Band. He was barely 18 years old. The Ras Band was then one of the first hotel bands composed entirely of Ethiopians. They were excellent musicians who came from the first Imperial Body Guard Band and who had resigned after the failed coup d’état of 1960. In 1965 the orchestra was lured away by the new Ghion Hotel and was renamed the Ghion Band. In 1972 Bahta gave up singing to become an accountant at the Ambassador Cinema. He still lives in Addis Ababa and hopes one day to return to the stage.


    ‘Tèssassatègn Eko’ is a catchy, soulful Ethiopian jam. Originally released on Amha AE 690 A in 1973. Arranged by the prolific Girma Beyene.

    ‘Ayalqem Tèdènqo’ see’s Eshèté’s third appearance in the Africa 45’s series. Released originally on Amha AE 290 A in 1971. A shuffling drum/percussion groove with soulful piano and bass, catchy vocal hook and guitar solo.

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