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Ethiopiques Volume 03, Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music 1969 - 1975


The Amha Records label issued approx 250 tracks in six years (1969-1975). 8 songs on this "Ethiopiques 3" CD are accompanied by bands affiliated with the Police. Indeed, until the very end of the 1960s, Ethiopia had no independant modern bands. Musical life was wholly dominated by the institutional bands attachd to either the Imperial Body Guard, the Police, the Army, the ciry of Addis Ababa, Agher Feqer Mahber or the Hayle Sellasie Theatre. Each of these institutions developed several firmly demilitarised and even resolutely modern musical sections. All vied to strike it big and score one of the major hits of the year. Feat. Mahmoud Ahmed, Alèmayèhu Eshète, Hirut Bèqèlè, Tlahoun Gèssèssè, Tadèlè Bèqèlè, Teéfèri Fèllèqè, Muluqèn Mèllèssè, the Police Orchestra, the Ibex Band, the Police String Orchestra.