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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Staring into the Sun - Ethopian Tribal Music

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Sublime Frequencies SF 074
Release Year: 2012
Note: compilation of Ethopian tribal music: OLIVIA WYATT recorded various tribes in 2009 with their most original pieces (usually based on chants & rhythms) often used for ceremonies, using very different self-made instruments like lyres, bowed lute, various flutes, animal horn, rattles, gongs, hand drums => an amazing range of different music & approaches, lots of background info in the credits, nice gatefold-cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €26.50

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"A contemporary survey of the tribal music of Ethiopia. Recorded in 2009 by Olivia Wyatt, this double LP showcases an array of mind-blowing sounds from the "land of eternal sunshine." Presented in this visually stunning gatefold are audio examples ranging from remote tribes -- of the Ethiopian highlands, the lower Omo and the Great Rift Valley -- to their electric analogues in the sweaty beerhalls of Addis Ababa. This collection features songs from the Azmari, poet-musicians who play the krar (ancient lyre) and whose song repertoire includes everything from comic improvisation to lyrical elegiac, the Borana whose work songs are a transcendental polyphonic singing that stops time, and the Dirashe whose syncopated panpipes are as otherworldly as anything ever heard. Other selections include music from the Mursi, Druze, Gedeo, Konso, and Tsemay tribes as well as some fine examples of amplified roots music from the capital from the Habesha 2000 Band. This is a limited edition one-time pressing double LP housed in a gatefold full color tip-on sleeve with gorgeous Polaroid shots from Olivia Wyatt." [label info]