Yohannes Tona | Sand From The Desert

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Sand From The Desert

by Yohannes Tona

Afro-funk jazz and soul with rich female fronting.
Genre: Jazz: African Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
0:58 $0.99
2. Ecclesiastis
5:51 $0.99
3. Highloga
5:35 $0.99
4. The Kerims
4:34 $0.99
5. Afro Child
5:32 $0.99
6. Poem Of The Sand (feat. Sha Cage)
3:46 $0.99
7. Naima
8:03 $0.99
8. Sand From The Desert (Part 1)
0:54 $0.99
9. Sand From The Desret (Part 2)
9:48 $0.99
10. Ride Around Addisaba
5:36 $0.99
11. So What (Part 1)
1:09 $0.99
12. So What (Part 2)
6:08 $0.99
13. World Praize (feat. K. Wannaku, D. Davis & The Remnant)
5:30 $0.99
14. The Jungle Way Out (feat. Stokley Williams)
4:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Renowned Ethiopian born Minneapolis bassist Yohannes Tona has released his first full length recording on November 1st 2007.

The CD includes ten original compositions from Tona as well as contemporary funk/jazz versions of Miles Davis’ “So What” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”. Tona refers to his music as “Afrofunkjazz” which perfectly describes the melding of his influences that forms his sound.

“Sand from the Desert” features Tona’s live band as well as contributions from many artists that Tona performs with; look for guest appearances from Mint Condition’s Stokely Williams, fiery Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera, trumpeter Dave Jensen, Peruvian guitarist Andres Prado, vocalists Wanaku and Aimee Bryant, and gospel group Darnell Davis and the Remnant.

Grammy award winning Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip had this to say about “Sand from the Desert” – “If you're looking for something GROOVY to listen to - CHECK THIS OUT!”. Haslip also provided help mastering the recording in Los Angeles.

Tona was born and raised in Awassa, a town in Southern Ethiopia. He grew up around music; his father was a church organist, his mother a vocalist. After finishing high school in Awassa, he moved to Addis, the capitol of Ethiopia, to further his musical education. He moved to the US in the late 90’s, attending Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship. He moved to Minneapolis 5 years ago; in addition to his own group Tona also performs with several artists such as Nachito Herrera, Dr. Mambo’s Combo, Bruce Henry, Darnell Davis & the Remnant Gospel Group and Seven Steps to Havana, to name a few.

For more information, visit Yohannes Tona on the web at http://www.myspace.com/yohannestona



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tamre Agede

i am really proud of you there is nothing i can say about this because it's amazing..... or in ethiopian webnew......

Addisu Desta

Glad to see your new album
Hey Jonny,
I am happy you finally released your album. just waiting to arrive here at CD Baby. I need your album in my living room.
God bless!


This is very profound, exclusively relaxing, tasteful for any occasions, and I'm flattered.


Addicted to AfroFunkJazz
I definitely recomment this album for everyone looking for an upbeat Jazz with a Afro and Funk touches. You will hava an amazing experience from the start of the album to the end. You can see the gospel, afro, ethiopian experience to Yohannes' compositions. Sand from the Desert and Ride around Addis Ababa are by far my favorite tracks.

Addisu Desta

Amazing young star...
I just received the album yesterday after waiting three weeks. I couldn't wait to listen to it when i get home and i am still listening to it. It is so funky, groovy and really soulful. I know Yohannes since back home and I am really proud of him for his dedication. I am pretty sure that every Ethiopian will be proud of him. The recording and the band is also amazing. For me, it has some feel of Marcus Miller, and some Jaco stuffs..
Excellent piece, Yohannes!