Blame it on the new xenophobia, but lately ”world music” has an unfortunately low profile in the U.S. This haunting German import is a new project by Ethiopian expat Ejigayehu ”Gigi” Shibabaw, whose 2001 CD ”Gigi” – and its dub remix follow-up, ”Illuminated Audio” – contained some exceptionally forward-thinking international music. While they colored the hypnotic grooves of Ethiopian pop with unusual jazz voicings and electronics, this is a folksy, nearly unplugged affair, with Shibabaw’s trilling soul-queen phrases (sung mostly in Amharic) propelled by hand claps, hand drums, flute, sax, and kirar, a small traditional harp. But with cohort Bill Laswell coproducing, even rootsy arrangements have an otherworldly glow. MY ADDIS ABABA The 15-volume ”Ethiopiques” series is a consistently dazzling (and often very funky) history of Ethiopian pop.
Zion Roots Blame it on the new xenophobia, but lately ''world music'' has an unfortunately low profile in the U.S. This haunting German import is a new project...Zion Roots Blame it on the new xenophobia, but lately ''world music'' has an unfortunately low profile in the U.S. This haunting German import is a new project...2003-11-21
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Posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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