music clip of the day


Category: Ethiopia

Thursday, August 13th

sounds of all over

Negarit Band and Friends (Nick Mazzarella, alto saxophone; Tomeka Reid, cello), live, Ethiopia (Fendika Cultural Center, Addis Ababa), published 5/13/20




random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 2nd


Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (b. 1923 [Ethiopia], piano), live, Jerusalem (where she moved in 1984), c. 2014







random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 15th


Ayaléw Mesfin, “Katefahu Liketa,” 1970s



Hasabe (My Worries), 2018


Thursday, December 13th

what’s new

Madlib Meets Ethiopian Legend Ayaléw Mesfin, 11/29/18


Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016




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


Getatchew Mekurya (1935-2016), c. 1972


“Tezeta,” “Muziqa heywete,”

Wednesday, April 13th


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



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

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