⁣Awalom Gebremarian LP

Awalom Gebremariam — Desdes

Thanks to my pal Patrick Seabase—celebrated fixed gear bike athlete—for this cassette from Eritrea, which he picked up while filming Asmawa, a documentary about a beautiful and challenging bike trip down there. This is a highly addictive take on Eritrean Tigrinya-language Bahlawi music. Legit modern sounds culled from relatively ancient means. Patrick says he heard this tape over and over again while traveling in Eritrea. I have been playing it on repeat myself and I am thoroughly obsessed.


Awalom Gebremariam Desdes

Side A

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Side B

Track 7

Track 8

Track 9

Track 10

Track 11


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

September 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I love your blog, but could you please .zip the songs into one file?

September 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

Ancestral music!

September 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm


The new aduna Blog is ready now…
Feel free to visit it & to make a link on your site if you like it.



November 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

You rock! Thanks for this excellent blog. Really enjoying me some Awalom at the moment.

To the Anonymous poster requesting the songs be zipped into one file, I suggest you use Songbird. Point it to this blog and it will download the songs for you. Even easier as no need to unzip.

December 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

The title is Desdes not Desaes. The top part of d is covered with the tgrigna word

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