Tewolde Redda
Eritrea's Guitar Pioneer, 1970-73
Domino Sound
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2022
LP
16.99/26.99
DS 041
2022 repress, tip-on sleeve & booklet
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Tracklist
1Ab Teqai Kerebi
2Enokis Entaido Belaki
3Kirar Mistequane
4Hidri
5Momona
6Milenu
7Kab Nab
8Wuba
9Telsemki
10Gamey

From Asmara, Eritrea (formerly Ethiopia) TEWOLDE REDDA revolutionized the sounds of traditional Eritrean music by amplifying his kirar, playing his Eko electric guitar, and recording six singles in the first part of the 1970s. Including the first Eritrean songs to use a horn section, traditional songs reworked into his new sound, and originals influenced by radio broadcasts from the United States military base in Asmara, Kagnew Station, these ten songs originally released on the Philips, Amha, and Yared labels show off his talents with stringed instruments, a talented back up band, and often the hand clapped beat shifting into double time near the song’s end. Tewolde’s thick, deep voice sings songs of love over somber and joyous tunes. Comes in a tip-on sleeve with extensive liner notes, lyrical translations, and unpublished photos. A co-release with Mitmitta Musika of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.