Ethiopiques

24/08/15A Glimpse Of Ethiopia

Ever since the great Mulatu Astatqe’s work featured on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 film “Broken Flowers”, vintage Ethiopian sounds have slowly but surely made their way back into the collective consciousness of a wider public: Sounds stemming from the flourishing Ethiopian popular music scene and its vibrant, “swinging” Addis Ababa capital from the 1960’s to the mid-1970s, before the country fell victim to a harsh military regime and cultural isolationism.

In 1985 a young French music promoter by the name of Francis Falceto, intrigued by what he had heard, set out to discover this music and meet two of its greats, being the afore-mentioned Astatqe and singer Mahmoud Ahmed. Though he was unable to export the music at the time, his visit sparked a desire to research, archive and preserve these treasures over the next two decades, resulting in his now epic 29-volume “Ethiopiques” CD reissue series of Ethiopian music and artists from a past era.

The teaser below was created to raise funds and find associate producers and sponsors to produce a comprehensive film, documenting the development of the Ethiopian popular music scene and offering a glimpse of this 'Golden Era of Ethiopian Music'.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom