Aster (1990) African music with an Arab tinge blended with American R&B, and gave birth to this Ethiopian marvel, Aster . Aster Aweke's wild and joyous keening… Aster Aweke World
Music Review

Aster (1990)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Aster Aweke; Genre: World

African music with an Arab tinge blended with American R&B, and gave birth to this Ethiopian marvel, Aster. Aster Aweke's wild and joyous keening has the kick of a desert-bred Aretha Franklin. You sit up and take notice, even if you don't understand a single word of Amharic. Too bad some of the songs are empty pop. But still, this is a striking debut. B

Originally posted Sep 28, 1990 Published in issue #33 Sep 28, 1990 Order article reprints