ETHIOPIAN URBAN AND TRIBAL MUSIC Mindanoo Mistiru / Gold from Wax Recorded by Ragnar Johnson and Ralph Harrisson [2CD]

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Ethiopia contains many diverse peoples and many styles of music. It was still an empire in July and
August 1971 when these recordings were made. Over 70 languages and 200 dialects are spoken there.
In much of the music, lyrics are more important than instrumentation and transmission is oral.
The urban musicians, the bagana and Mary Armeede were recorded in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian urban musicians come from many parts of the country and are familiar with and adapt the styles of regions other than their own.
The Afar divination chants and flutes were recorded in the Danakil desert.
The Anuak toum and Nuer harp, lament and dance were recorded near the Sudan border.
The Konso dance and the Gidole Fila flute dance were recorded near the Kenya border.

Mindanoo Mistiru
means 'What is the Unknown?'.

Gold from Wax
refers to the two layers of meaning in Amharic poetry.


tracklisting 2CD/2LP

Mindanoo Mistiru
CD1 / LP1
side 1
01 Drum dirge 2.23
02 Wub Allem 'Beautiful World' 4.31
03 Galla song 2.33
04 Afar divination chant (Jinele) 8.20
05 Two Afar flutes 2.16
06 Anuak toum thumb piano (sanza) 3.48
07 Nuer harp 1.53
side 2
01 Lome. Dorze song 3.24
02 Jigsaw's 'Give Me Money' Song 4.51
03 Bagana 4.04
04 Habeebe ('My Love') Mary Armeede 8.58
05 Nuer dance 2.36
06 Konso dance of the Hrela age grade 1.18

Gold from Wax
CD2 / LP2
side 3
01 Eyo, Dorze song 2.39
02 Kofu 3.12
03 Anche-Lej-Amaleh 3.12
04 Bagana 2.17
05 Galla song 3.14
06 Harambeh Africa 1.36
07 Konso song 3.31
08 Msgana 4.56
side 4
01 Fanno, Mary Armeede 12.15
02 Fila Flute Dance 3.09
03 Nuer wire strung harp 3.09
04 Jung Nai 1:03
05 Anuak toum thumb piano 4.48
06 Walla-Lam 1.26
07 Afar flute 1.28