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Ethiopia: Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

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11/10/12

  11:31:10 pm, by admin, 188 words  
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Ethiopia: Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

By MILO MILES
NPR





Ethiopia enjoys a rich tradition of enticing music, filled with asymmetric rhythms set to a haunting, five-note scale and sly double-entendre lyrics in the Amharic language. It's a shame that, for Western listeners, a full, clear picture of Ethiopian music has been elusive.

The period from the late '60s to the late '70s was a boom era for Ethiopian recordings, which all participants acknowledge as a Golden Age. This heady blend of folk ensembles, so-called Ethio-jazz bands and brash singers who incorporated soul and funk into traditional forms was documented in an admirable series of retrospective albums called Ethiopiques, which was available here in the late '90s. Since then, it's been harder to get a feel for the general tone of modern Ethiopian styles. But this year, there's been a flurry of Ethiopian releases in America, and the key to it for me is 27-year-old pianist Samuel Yirga and his debut album, Guzo.


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Comment from: berta [Visitor]
berta

Ambasel, the best of all. this guy is good. keep it up

11/11/12 @ 00:12
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  
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When I heard his story first on Terry Gross’ fresh air radio program, I was so impressed that an Ethiopian with an Ethiopian beat playing piano being so perfect and attracting a none Ethiopian music listners and critics. He is indeed our Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or Ludwig Van Beethoven. He made me proud.

11/11/12 @ 00:27
Comment from: usfu [Visitor]
usfu

I saw a lot of musician and competition in Ethiopia. Also I see when kids are following them.

I appreciate how he made the piano. He should now produce more piano for export. This will increase foreign earning and creates more jobs. Kids and generation should follow him, ironically. But he can lead his live.

Friend, rather we need to see more engineers, computer scientists and medical scientists. Generally, we need maker than users, producers than consumers.

11/11/12 @ 02:40
Comment from: Wondu [Visitor]
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Wondu

Bravo Sammy! You ought to be commended.
he is not even reading music note. I am your new fun. Keep it up. I will definitely buy the ‘Guzo’ album. And look forward to, may be, a live show some day.

11/11/12 @ 02:44
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

Samuel is awesome! I have been aware of him for a little while now, such unique, gifted guy must be encouraged, supported all the way!

11/11/12 @ 08:32
Comment from: Muluken melese [Visitor]
Muluken melese

thank god
the next Mulatu Astatke


11/11/12 @ 15:29
Comment from: brooks [Member]  
brooks

Wow!!!!

Of course there is(are) infinite style of Musical Genre but this one is our best supper conventionally set mix composed by a genius. Is it Ambassel of Maritu Legese, Seyfu Yohnes,Teshome Meteku,Merawi Sitot,Mulatu Astatke,Muhamed Ahmed,Asnakech Worku and others?.I think SamuelYerga answerd it all.It is a good Ethiopian Music Mix.I love it.

11/11/12 @ 20:20
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
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john john

Very very sweet thanks Sam:)

11/11/12 @ 22:15
Comment from: GUD [Visitor]
GUD

GOSH BERTA ANBESAW!! WONDERFUL MUSIC!!!

11/11/12 @ 22:18
Comment from: Favioli [Visitor]
Favioli

He plays the piano well, but it doesn’t touch me as much as that mystic sound of the masinko, backing up the raw and golden voiced and colorfully dressed swinging female singers from the northern provinces does. There is an nu-noticed (by many) revival of traditional music (Amharic, Agew etc) in the north, with new singers with exotic names like Asnaku Chemere (?!!), Fanta Bele and many others. I love Asnaku Chemere for her NAME, her voice, her melodious accent, her traditional dress, and of course for her raw beauty. Listen to these great singers and many others too to appreciate what is going in the field of our traditional songs! When i go there I will look them up and report on it.
Last but not least, Addis Zemen, don’t exaggerate!!

11/12/12 @ 08:25
Comment from: Gezish [Visitor]
Gezish

Good job Sami boy keep it up…….

11/12/12 @ 14:24
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

ባለፈው ሳምንት በ NPR ሳይት ላይ ስለ ሳሙኤል አነበብኩ ::
አሁን የ ቭኢዲዮውን ጨዋታ አምባሰልን ማለት ነው ስሰማው ጥሩ ነው የተጫወተው::
ሳሙኤል መልካም እድል ለውደፊቱ !!!

11/12/12 @ 17:53
Comment from: bacha birhanu [Visitor]
bacha birhanu

Weldone brother!! keep it up!!! make them feel shame those unproductive and sleepy in out thier county. let them walk without precondition!!!! hello!!

11/13/12 @ 12:00
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
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kul

God Bless You!!!!!!

11/13/12 @ 15:55

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