Illuminated Ethiopian melody delivered in the Amaharic language. Fused with a heavy musical hybrid of African styles, Reggae, Dub, Avant-Funk/Jazz, World Beat, Trance & Ambient – that smoothly connects as one huge sound. African Futurism • One World Music
￼￼GIGI: One of Ethiopiaʼs most gifted superstars. Six cdʼs released so far (2 in Ethiopia 1 in Europe and 3 for Palm Pictures) her first US release “GIGI” received much critical acclaim and strongly established her as a new force in the world music arena and beyond. A unique and original voice.
Bill Laswell: Material founder, legendary bassist, producer, reconstructionist, inventor of Herbie Hancockʼs mega-hit “Rockit”, creator of the first and only landmark full album remix-constructions on the music of Bob Marley, Miles Davis & Carlos Santana, cofounder of the Axiom Label w/Chris Blackwell, veteran of over 700 recordings to date.
Keyboardist Abegasu Shiota acclaimed producer/arranger of Ethiopian pop culture, has worked with most all of the important artists there.
Master drummer Hamid Drake Americas most valuable Avant-Jazz – World/Beat percussionist.
Aiyb Dieng from Senegal. Easily the most widely recorded African percussionist.
Dominic Kanza Post Modern African guitarist, master of many advanced styles.
And Featuring 2 world reknown guest musicians:
Steven Bernstein – trumpet / slide trumpet and Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone, flute, percussion. Both are composers, arrangers and world class band leaders in their own right.
released November 16, 2010
Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw: vocals
Bill Laswell: bass
Abegasu Shiota: keyboards
Hamid Drake: drums
Dominic Kanza: guitar
Aiyb Dieng: percussion
Steven Bernstein: trumpet, slide trumpet
Peter Apfelbaum: tenor saxophone, flute, percussion
Alemayehu Fanta (6): Mesinko, vocals
Recorded July 25 2009, Festival Glatt & Verkehrt - Kerms, Austria
Recording by Oz Fritz
Addtional Work at Orange Music, Orange NJ
Engineering: Robert Musso
with James Dellatacoma
Mastering by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone, NYC
“Candy Fall” painting by Gigi
Package Design by John Brown @ cloud chamber
Concert Coordination: Steven Saporta
Festival Coordination: Josef Alchger
Executive Producer: Giacomo Bruzzo
M.O.D. Technologies: John Brown
M.O.D. Japan: Yoko Yamabe
M.O.D. Technical Support: Dave Pak @Play X Play
M.O.D. Digital Support: Dave Brunelle (Silently Watching)
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