the middle-eastern James Brown
After seeing this compilation of Ethiopian soul music from the late '60s and early '70s mentioned in a number of places (including this recent post on We Shot J.R.), I tracked down a copy of ethiopiques, vol. 3. Upon first listen, it's obvious this stuff is heavily influenced by early James Brown; but, with the Middle-Eastern and Indian flavored-horns, added to the fact that the vocals are entirely in Amharic, the record takes on a decidedly exotic feel. It's unlike anything I've ever heard, but at the same time, somehow feels familiar and instantly endearing.
Alemayehu Eshete & Hirut Beqele Temeles mp3
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