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Akale Wube-Akale Wube-Ethiopian funk galore-new LP
Akale Wube

Akale Wube
new LP

LP L'Arome/Buda (France), 2011 —

Condition: New Copy

Ethiopian funk galore – recorded by a contemporary combo from Paris, but one who really owe a lot to the Ethiopiques series of the 70s!
The group take strong influence from Mulatu – who they cover heavily on the set – and their groove features lots of great trumpet, saxes, organ, and percussion – often in rhythms that have a slight bit more bass than original Ethiopian sounds – which makes for a slow-stepping funky vibe that's mighty nice!
The record is easily one of the best new takes we've heard on this older style – and it was supposedly done in collaboration with the producer of the Ethiopiques series, too. Titles include "Gubelye", "Netsanet", "Jawa Jawa", "Nebyat", "Ayalqem Tedenqo", "Metche New", and "Yekatit".

After borrowing the name of the group from a song by saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya, the France-based quintet Akale Wube reinvents the golden age of Ethiopia's musical legends. Inspired by the Ethiopiques Series from Buda Musique, Akale Wube puts a modernized spin on songs by Alemayehu Eshete, Mulatu Astatqe, Tsehaytu Beraki, Shewalul Menguistu, and Teshome Sissay. The opening track "Ayalqem Tedengo [Intro]" includes a short flute solo before diving into a four-minute instrumental groove on the next track with the same name. One of the few tracks composed by the group, "Jawa Jawa" is a psychedelic-funk journey that sounds amazingly reminiscent of any song from the US/Cambodia group, Dengue Fever. The reggae-groove of "Kokob/Metche Dershe", funky-groove of "Nestanet", psych-chill of "Nebyat", to the sunnier "Bazay", and the fusion of "Ragale" display only a small fraction of the music produced in the 1970's throughout the horn of Africa. Akale Wube's efforts are well-received and they do the music justice without reverting to super-dubbed dance beats. Vocals are absent throughout. ~ Matthew Forss

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