Sunday, 30 November 2008
Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela (1975)
'Mahmoud Ahmed's life resembles an edifying fairy tale where destiny, talent and achievement combine to triumph over poverty, fate and the evil eye. Biography, history and legend, with the help of god, infallibly weave the lesson of merit rewarded. But who can argue, in spite of the mockery that celebrities invariably draw, when faced with one of the greatest voices in all of Africa?' (from the reissue sleevenotes by Francis Falceto).
Listen and I'm sure you'll agree. A powerful soulful voice from the new flower. And a heavy, virtuoso backing from the Ibex Band. One from the golden age of popular Ethiopian music.
Although currently available in the Ethiopiques series of CD releases, this is an imperfect vinyl rip for preview purposes. Please support the labels that keep this music alive.
Posted by Matthew at Sunday, November 30, 2008