Illuminated Ethiopian melody delivered in the Amaharic language. Fused with a heavy musical hybrid of African styles, Reggae, Dub, Avant-Funk/Jazz, World Beat, Trance & Ambient – that smoothly connects as one huge sound. African Futurism • One World Music
￼￼GIGI: One of Ethiopiaʼs most gifted superstars. Six cdʼs released so far (2 in Ethiopia 1 in Europe and 3 for Palm Pictures) her first US release “GIGI” received much critical acclaim and strongly established her as a new force in the world music arena and beyond. A unique and original voice.
Bill Laswell: Material founder, legendary bassist, producer, reconstructionist, inventor of Herbie Hancockʼs mega-hit “Rockit”, creator of the first and only landmark full album remix-constructions on the music of Bob Marley, Miles Davis & Carlos Santana, cofounder of the Axiom Label w/Chris Blackwell, veteran of over 700 recordings to date.
Keyboardist Abegasu Shiota acclaimed producer/arranger of Ethiopian pop culture, has worked with most all of the important artists there.
Aiyb Dieng from Senegal. Easily the most widely recorded African percussionist.
Dominic Kanza Post Modern African guitarist, master of many advanced styles.
And Featuring 2 world reknown guest musicians:
Steven Bernstein – trumpet / slide trumpet and Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone, flute, percussion. Both are composers, arrangers and world class band leaders in their own right.
Recorded July 25 2009, Festival Glatt & Verkehrt - Kerms, Austria
Recording by Oz Fritz
Addtional Work at Orange Music, Orange NJ
Engineering: Robert Musso
with James Dellatacoma
Mastering by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone, NYC
“Candy Fall” painting by Gigi
Package Design by John Brown @ cloud chamber
Concert Coordination: Steven Saporta
Festival Coordination: Josef Alchger
M.O.D. Technologies: John Brown
M.O.D. Japan: Yoko Yamabe
M.O.D. Technical Support: Dave Pak @Play X Play
M.O.D. Digital Support: Dave Brunelle (Silently Watching)