Ephrem Tamru


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tim abdellahreply
September 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

:) Sweet! Thanks for posting.

September 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Lord knows I need some pain relief… sounds so very tempting… thanks very much!

September 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

killin me softly

September 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

It bothers me a lot not have data on what I’m listening.
This fantastic cassette has made me change my mind.
Thanks a lot

justin hunter scottreply
September 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

the instrumentals on track one sound like a track on ariel pink’s new album

DJ Giffreply
September 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Wonderful. That’s it, I’m going to Ethiopia.

Big Alreply
September 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

That instrumental on track 6 is a total jam.

Jacob Kirkegaardreply
September 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hi Brian, thanks for posting this beautiful cassette. For your information, the artist is Ephrem Tamiru and this album was released in the mid 70s.

jacob Kirkegaardreply
September 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

oh.. sorry I must be blind, i see that you’ve already posted his Ephrem Tamiru’s name. sorry::)
thanks for your great blog by the way.
kind regards, jacob

Brian Shimkovitzreply
September 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

haha thanks jacob! appreciate it anyway. are you the jacob i met last summer in copenhagen?

Petty Vendettareply
September 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for everything you do Brian.
I’m putting together an ’80’s electro comp and was hoping to have something from the continent. Any chance of hearing that Seck, Dianka, Dandi Diarra , Sounké Vol. 1 cassette? I really enjoyed that Professor Jay Machozi Jasho Na Damu cassette. It would be ideal to have something with one of those cheesy organ rhythm boxes. Maybe you could recommend something else.

Jacob Kirkegaardreply
September 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

great to finally have a chance to meet you tonight. and thanks for wonderful music, you’re the true DJ: NOT playing the music that we all know! you made them all dance! by the way, i saw you played at sound forrest in riga, i played there too, it’s a fantastic festival, viestarts & zane are lovely people. happy travels & hope to see u when you’re in berlin again :) jk

September 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

this is… whoa.

thank you.

October 4, 2011 at 5:48 am

this is incredibly beautiful. thank you so much.

Thank you Mr Tamiru also if you happen to read this

October 4, 2011 at 5:50 am

this is incredibly beautiful, thank you Jason.

Also thank you Mr Tamiru

October 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Esto es un hallazgo,…voy a repasar tus listas y albums que has dejado,..gracias

October 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

thanks!! what is the name of the album? and it is tamiru

October 18, 2011 at 3:53 am

I was driving and playing with my radio when I stumbled on your interview with BBC World Service tonight, just in time when you played Ephrem Tamiru’s tape. That brief intro to his music took me back to the late 70s, to the many Sunday mornings when my mom used to blast Ney Ney, and sing along while working in her beloved garden, and me and my brother would sing along with her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It was such an emotional and nostalgic feeling, the kind that makes you wish you could vanish in time and never leave those joyous moments of your life. For a moment, I felt the sun of my face, heard my mom’s sweet laughter, and the beautiful smell of our garden – I am home. Thank you again and again!

BTW, Here are the titles to the tracks:
Side A
1. Fiker Ende Gena
2. Anchi Nesh Gelaye
3. Konjit
4. Atemechilegnem Wey
5. Ye Fiker Meketa

Side B
1. Ney Ney
2. Shegiye
3. Anchi Lej
4. Ye’ne Alem
5. Etewoun

phillo Christophersonreply
July 18, 2022 at 5:36 am
– In reply to: Anonymous

Your comment made me want to cry. When you talked of beautiful africa and the garden and the sweet voice of your mum’s laughter.
It is such great music. i dont understand the words but the voice is so soothing…. am in love!!

October 19, 2011 at 6:25 am

The last post listed 10 songs, when there are 11 on the disc. Also, I’ve spent the last hour listening and synching titles with songs, and they are not in order, at least the order of the download.
Not that it matters too much, but it’s because I LOVE this album, sublime, but the musicians are in the pocket and the quality of music is top notch. Thanks!

Damien Masterson

October 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

This Ephrem Tamru album is so beautiful and soothing. I can’t stop listening to it. Must stop though, don’t want to wear it out. Any chance this will be released on LP/CD/cassette?

November 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

Dear Mr Brian
Thank you for your invaluable contribution in disseminating otherwise probably unheard music to
many western ears into the world.

Man this album is the shizznit!

thank you

November 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Fantastic tape! But where did track no. 6 go?

Damienzm: Could you post an updated song title/track list, based on the titles on the files here?

November 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I just found out interesting informations about Ephrem Tamiru on: addismood.com/efrem-tamiru.php

Thanks very much for this find!

Edmund, Austria-Europe

Crystal Diamondreply
December 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

Amen !

Global Gypsyreply
December 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Thank you so very very much !!

December 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm


can you perhaps fix the link to track6?

December 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

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March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thanks a lot. This is one of my favorite album from Ephrem Tamiru.
Pleasssssssss post another 70’s album from him.

Brian Shimkovitzreply
March 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

yeah, i love him too! i will try to post some more soon.

August 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Guys, this album was released in 1983. Ethiopia uses a different Calendar which is a few years back and 1975 is in Ethiopian Calendar.
I’m from Ethiopia, btw. :)

November 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm
– In reply to: Thomas

I meant 1982, not 83. Sorry.

December 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm
– In reply to: Thomas

What do the lyrics mean?

February 20, 2018 at 10:16 pm

The link for Track 6 is broken.

January 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm


Bernie Fabrereply
February 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

Hi there, would it be possible to fix track 6. Great music by the way, thanks!

Parker Kincaidreply
January 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm

After 5 years of searching, this cassette landed in my mailbox this afternoon. Thanks for bringing this into my life!
Now I’ve got to find someone to repress on wax!

phillo Christophersonreply
July 18, 2022 at 5:37 am

Beautiful just… I love this voice… so soothing..

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