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Ritual Music of Ethiopia

Various Artists
Ritual Music of Ethiopia

Undocumented and unreleased before this 1973 album, the music of nomadic tribes in Ethiopia such as the Adjuran, Hanafa, and Tigre is often sung with gasps and shouts, accompanied by both instruments—drum, one-string violin (masequo), five-string kvar, and flute (washint)—and vocalized trills. Music accompanies all types of dances, which are described in the liner notes along with the songs and information on the communities represented in the album’s music.

Track Listing

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Kammba Drum Solo (Wallano tribe) / Woyisha cow horn (Wallano tribe) Malko Bokie 2:16
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102
Lembola (Hanafa tribe) Male Hanafa singers 1:42
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103
Borquekka, Ox Song (Gernu tribe) / Ox song and chant (Gernu tribe) Gernu tribesman of Arba Minch 3:16
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104
Washint Instrumental Three musicians of the Tigre tribe 4:13
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105
Gojjam Endenesh (Where There Is Plenty of Honey)(Tigre tribe) Traditional Tigre folk song 4:15
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106
Introduction of Man to Woman (Adjuran tribe) Adjuran tribesmen 5:25
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107
Giddle Instruments: "Hanata" (Horn) / Filla (Flute) / Mira (Pipes of Pan) / Filla (Flute) / Iolata (Horn) Gidole musicians 4:34
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108
Giddle Instrumental (Giddle tribe) Thirty-six Gidole flutists 2:56
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109
Sabbath Service (Falashim tribe) Falshim people of Ambover 3:33
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110
Hermana (Bringing the Cattle to the Water)(Borana tribe) Women of the Borana 2:58
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111
Siyawe (Wedding Song)(Burgi tribe) Music of the Burgi Tribe 3:48
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112
Guretta (Greeting Song) Music of the Konso people 3:48

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