Legends of Yemane Gebremichael

Yemane Ghebremichael — Vol. 2

This 1992 recording (1986 in Ethiopian calendar) is an awesome tape. I’ve had a YouTube crush on the music of Eritrean legend Yemane G/Michael (aka Yemane Baria, Yemane Barya, etc) for a while and this mostly-acoustic recording is completely bringing me back to a recent trip to Tigray, Ethiopia. The region neighbors Eritrea, and shares a language and musical vibe. I dug this tape up from deep in the stash months ago but didn’t really get into it until now. Pentatonic strings and keyboard join the vocal melodies, dancing up and down in a lovely lilt. Amidst the quintessential [ka-dunk] rhythm that is characteristic of a lot of Tigrinya folk music I heard around the Eritrean border, this tape stands out: minimally arranged, urgent, beautiful.EDITOR’S NOTE: I was recently asked to take down these links because these guys are planning to release the record here.


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July 2, 2015 at 5:53 am

I got excited, but the music won’t play. : (

October 10, 2015 at 7:38 am

Links are dead, please repost!!

July 23, 2016 at 5:21 am

i want to listen to this , but i can’t do it…
please repost!!

July 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Hi there! Could you reupload the tracks? This seems real good stuff!

Τhank you for all this musical experience!

October 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

he is in our heart for ever.

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