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Admas – Sons of Ethiopia

“Lost” album, from 1984 (African Heritage Records), will be re-released en of July by Frederiksberg Records (vinyl and digital).
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Sons of Ethiopia is a fascinating piece of the Ethiopian musical puzzle. Emerging from the community of Ethiopian exiles who had been scattered to the winds by the brutality of the Derg – the military dictatorship that had deposed Haile Selassie – the album was the sound of a new generation. The members of Admas were not musicians from the so-called ‘golden age’: they were children of the terror and propaganda of the Derg time – an era of state-sponsored neighbourhood bands and a propaganda-tinged traditional music scene, where the weekends were sound-tracked by the remaining hotel groups of a bygone Imperial world.

Tracklist

Anchi Bale Game
Bahta’s Highlife
Tez Alegn Yetintu
Kalatashew Waga
Wed Enate
Samba Shegitu
Astawesalehu

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