Bereket Mengistab – Vol. 13

Eritrean music! This 1999 recording from legendary singer and krar ninja Bereket Mengisteab (spelled “Mengistab” on the tape) coalesces much of what I love about music from this region of the world: angular melodies, vocal acrobatics, warbly keyboard effects, heavily-swung rhythms and pounding bass.

Attention Berlin: I am super stoked to mention the upcoming Ghana Hiplife night at Worldtronics festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt on December 2, which was curated in part by Awesome Tapes From Africa. The show features Ghana rap virtuoso Kwaw Kese, up-and-coming hiplife visionaries Bradez, mega-accomplished producer Appietus and UK rapper Sway.


Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4

Side B
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

November 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

touring for you is good for me! thanks for the tape…

tim abdellahreply
November 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Ooh! Thanks!

November 18, 2011 at 1:35 am

This is nuts, cheers!

November 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Yes! Berlin is waiting for you!!!

Yogesh Kumarreply
November 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Hi my name is yogesh kumar. I like this blog website. I say thanks to that person who made this

November 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

special tip for our blogger : exquisite ethio jazz moods Moges Habte “Kebena Godana”


January 2, 2012 at 12:39 am

i love it, but cant find the download link!?!

January 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

where do i click to download???

Brian Shimkovitzreply
January 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

to download, just right-click or option + click (if you’re a mac user).

April 17, 2012 at 7:10 am

this post is great, please more like this! those rhythms… wow.

February 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

this recording is a decade ahead of its time. this style of music has been around since the 80s and bands like animal collective owe a lot more to them in return for the creative credit they receive.

February 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm


heather crawford mishrareply
February 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

this is fantastic, I wish Icould hear MORE

Florian M.reply
March 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

Is it a 1999 original recording ? or a 1999 compilation of earlier songs ?
Thank you.

Brian Shimkovitzreply
March 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm
– In reply to: Florian M.

i believe it is the og recording of these songs but i can’t say for sure

February 20, 2016 at 7:02 am
– In reply to: Florian M.

its original recording. I know for sure I was there

February 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

It’s original recording.

Alem Aberhareply
May 7, 2018 at 11:52 pm

Berekt is great

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