Radio Addis Ababa, three tracks from the 1960s: Asegedech Kassa & Bahta Gebre-Hewot

Over the last several months I have been sifting through a pile of unmarked cassettes and CDs that I have dragged around for decades.  In the coming months I will try and identify and share the more interesting recordings.  But today, I thought I would take a break from my holiday routine of lazy walks and leisurely reading to share a few tracks that were buried on an unlabeled CDR.

These three tracks are most probably dubs from another Radio Addis reel from the 1960s.  The first song features Asegedech Kassa accompanied by a saxophone, accordeon and kebero drum.  I particularly like the combination of saxophone and accordeon.  The next two songs, however, are the real treasures, two of the most charming Bahta Gebre-Hewot songs that I have heard.  They are both minimalist ballads, the first a slow cha-cha-cha and the second a mournful waltz.  These songs are beautifully recorded and Bahta croons his heart out.  As far as I can tell, neither of these songs have been previously reissued.

Download three 1960s tracks from Radio Addis, Ethiopia

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  1. Fantastic! Thank you so much. I love Ethiopian music!

  2. These three songs are sooo beautiful, I love them , thank you..


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