What Are Some Good Sources for Ethiopian Music?


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The compact disc series "Ethiopiques" and the website Addis Zefen are two good sources for Ethiopian music. Together they cover both the classic era of Ethiopian jazz and more contemporary Ethiopian popular music.

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"Ethopiques" is a series of over 30 albums and compilations of classic Ethiopian folk and jazz music published by French record label Buda Musique. With its focus on music released during the 1960s and 1970s by Amha Records, Kaifa Records and Philips-Ethiopia, it is an unmatched source of Ethiopian classics. The website Addis Zefen, by contrast, is almost entirely dedicated to contemporary Ethiopian popular and folk music. The website features hundreds of contemporary Ethiopian songs and music videos that can be streamed free of charge as of 2015.

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