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Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016

 

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lagniappe

reading table

summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)

Saturday, June 11th

There’s Amsterdam.

There’s Ethiopia.

And there’s Amsterdam in Ethiopia.

The Ex & Han Bennink (drums), Ethiopia, 2002

Thursday, April 14th

more

Getatchew Mekurya (1935-2016), c. 1972


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“Tezeta,” “Muziqa heywete,”

Wednesday, April 13th

passings

Getatchew Mekurya, saxophonist, March 14, 1935-April 4, 2016

Live with The Ex (music begins at 2:25), Netherlands (Nijmegen), 2011

Tuesday, August 20th

sounds of Ethiopia

Mahmoud Ahmed & Badume’s Band, “Era Mela Mela,” live, Switzerland (Geneva), 2010


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lagniappe

random thoughts

Someday I will be remembered in the past tense as today, her birthday, my mother is.

Saturday, July 6th

achieving world peace: a how-to guide

Last night, at FitzGerald’s (see the last two posts), everybody was intoxicated by music. Violent behavior? None. Here, at this club 7,500 miles away, the story’s the same, as you’ll see. The way to world peace seems plain: put a club on every corner.

Fendika, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Wednesday, June 26th

tonight

I’ll be at the Hideout, a small club on Chicago’s northwest side, seeing this Ethiopian dancer, this baritone saxophonist, and an array of other dancers and musicians.

Melaku Belay (dance), Ken Vandermark (baritone saxophone), Joe McPhee (alto saxophone), Milwaukee, 6/22/13

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lagniappe

reading table

wind blowing
paper fans rustling
rustling

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), 1823 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Thursday, 8/16/12

more sounds from Ethiopia

Getatchew Mekurya (tenor saxophone) with The Ex, live, Ethiopia (Hager Fikir Theater, Addis Ababa), 2007

Wednesday, 8/15/12

serendipity

Umar (AKA Omar) Suleyman (AKA Suleeyman),* live, Ethiopia, c. 2010

This guy I bumped into the other day, as I do so many things, listening to the radio.**

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*Not to be confused with Omar Souleyman.

**WFMU-FM (Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse).

Wednesday, 9/28/11

Charisma needs no translation.

Mahmoud Ahmed & Badume’s Band, live, France (Festival de Sete), 2008

“Belomi Benna”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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“Atawurulegn Lela”

Vodpod videos no longer available.
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