Ethiopiques Volume 07, Eré Mèla Mèla
Erè mèla mèla was the very first record of modern Ethiopian music released in Europe (Crammed Discs, Brussells, 1986). It is only logical that it should be reissued today, expanded and remastered, in the Ethiopiques series. This volum 7 of Ethiopiques includes all of the Mahmoud Ahmed's recordings released in 1975 by Kaifa Records, i.e. the LP KF 20 plus 2 tracks released on another 45 and two additional songs included in the first Crammed release, two masterpieces from an album released in 1978 under Mahmoud's own label. It was via this soon-to-be-cult album that Ethiopian music first made its mark in what was starting to be called "the global sound system" and was soon to be labelled "world music". Erè mèla mèla is one of the last treasures of what must be termed the "golden age" of modern Ethiopian music.