Tezeta Band | the Origin of Nightlife

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the Origin of Nightlife

by Tezeta Band

Funky soul-jazz inspired from the Golden Age of Ethiopian Music
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gizie Degu Neger
4:24 album only
2. Ene Yewededkwat
4:23 album only
3. Yasdestal
4:46 album only
4. Fetsum Denq Ledj Nesh
5:36 album only
5. Meche Ene Terf Felghu
3:25 album only
6. Ney Denun Tasesh
4:21 album only
7. Tey Gedyelashem
4:10 album only
8. Ohoho Gedama
4:00 album only
9. Aikadashem Lebe
3:25 album only
10. Wubit
4:07 album only
11. Tezeta
4:19 album only


Album Notes
The Origin of Nightlife is the first full length album from Tezeta Band, an 8 piece horn-driven Ethio-jazz group from Portland, Oregon. Their first LP contains funky and soulful instrumental versions of classic songs from Ethiopia’s golden age of music. From the opening percussion break and masenqo riffs of Gizie Degu Neger to the final organ strains of Tezeta, tight arrangements, big beats and vintage sounds give The Origin of Nightlife the atmosphere of a late night party. Each CD comes with an MP3 download card.

"There are a lot of fancy-pants ethnomusicological things that could be said about Ethiopian dance music from the 1970s. Here's a simple one: From the first note, you're probably going to like it. At its most basic, the music is the merger of native African rhythms and scales and the James Brown records that first made it to East Africa nearly a half-century ago. It's among the grooviest, funkiest, most energetic stuff ever created. In fact, the original material is so good that when Portland's seven-piece Tezeta Band—whose name can be roughly translated as "nostalgia" or "longing"—decided to make it their primary source of inspiration in 2008, they immediately found steady work, and eventually were featured on stages with some of the world's top names in African pop. On the group's debut full-length—a frothy mixture of horn lines, wah-wah guitar and breakbeats—they present 11 tracks of hot fire, the likes of which would be fit for any Quentin Tarantino movie in which Samuel L. Jackson drives a big black car at high speeds. The Origin of Nightlife burns brightly from the intro track, "Gizie Degu Neger," a pulsating Afrobeat song featuring just the right amount of blissed-out organ, all the way to "Tezeta," a claves-ridden number that has a subtle hint of Southern-style guitar and flute. It's the kind of thing you put on, then wonder why you feel so damn good 30 minutes later. If only more bands would harness this. It is, obviously, the right kind of nostalgia. " Parker Hall, Willamette Week



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