An Ethiopian rock explosion. Traditional melodies, massive bass
and drum polyrhythms, metal guitar assault, soaring vocals, dense
A devastating energy blast. So far, there has been nothing this powerful and versatile that will most likely come to be associated with so called "World music". African Futurism at it's most liberated and intense. With a hard rock element unheard until now in Ethiopian music.
Guitarist Michael Hailu supplies the force with huge metal riffs and a
detailed harmonic sense. The dual vocals of Debekulu Tafesse and Hailu Amerga are in complete contrast with each other. Back and forth, one after another, creating a completely unexpected dynamic that never let's up.
JANO, The 10 piece band, ages 21 to 26. ERTALE, the 10 song release.
Produced by legendary producer/musician Bill Laswell who has worked with an unimaginable range of musicians, artists and thinkers around the World. In the Americas, Africa, The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, India, China and Japan.
Guided by Addis Gessese (Ziggy Marley, Teddy Afro, Gigi) Championed by Ermyas Almega, generator of futuristic ideas for Ethiopian technology, art, business and culture.
ERTALE was recorded in Addis Ababa and NYC.
A major statement for Ethiopia and Africa. This is not just an introduction to a new music but to the history of a diverse culture unlike any other. Ethiopia, the only African country not to be completely colonized… champions of the battle of Adwa. A shocking example for the whole of Africa and the World to see. So, you will expect a sense of pride. And pride is the first hear when you play this music. Followed by commitment, dedication, vision and undeniable raw talent.
For Ethiopia, the future has arrived.
released December 11, 2012
Recorded at Abegaus Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Additional recording and mixing at Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey
Engineering: Robert Musso
Second: James Dellatacoma
Produced by Bill Laswell
Executive Producers: Addis Agesse, Ermyas Almega and Giacomo Bruzzo
Band Coordinator: Samuel Tefara
Musical Director: Michael Hailu
Album Contributors: Yilma G/Abe, Ermias Gidi, Zion Entertainment
Cover panel & theme: Doze
Package Design: John Brown @ Cloud Chamber
M.O.D. Technologies NYC: John Brown
M.O.D. Technologies Japan: Yoko Yamabe
M.O.D. Digital Support: Dave Brunelle (Silently Watching)
Mastered at Turtle Tone Studio, NYC by Michael Fossenkemper