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Éthiopiques, Vol. 7: Mahmoud Ahmed (1975)

Mahmoud Ahmed

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Recording in the '70s in Addis Ababa, Ahmed mixed R&B with hypnotic Eastern vocal lines to create a most unusual style. At first the music seems familiar, with a lineup of guitar, bass, drums, and organ sounding like an ersatz Booker T and the MG's. But when Ahmed's keening, confounding voice joins in, listeners find themselves in new territory. The music is worthwhile just for its unsettling quality on Western ears.

Biography

Born: 18 May 1941 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In Ethiopia the word is "eskeusta," which roughly translated means ecstasy; more specifically, it is a shaking sensation that begins at one's shoulders, quivering down the spine and into the legs and feet. Of all the great male vocalists that Ethiopia has produced (and...
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