BBE In-Store: Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU

Date Friday, 20 July 17:00
Location The BBE Store
City London

We stay open late this Friday to welcome Ernesto Chahoud all the way from Lebanon, to celebrate his recent compilation out on BBE Music.

Ernesto Chahoud’s ‘Taitu’ is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s Addis Ababa. He’ll be taking us on a journey through the unique Ethio sound that bands were forging at the time, a taster from the 24-track compilation which is the result of the Lebanese DJ and crate digger’s decade long love affair with the ‘golden age’ of Ethiopian music.

Among the musical gems featured are 7”s by some of the heavyweights of the scene including the godfather of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page) and Alemayehu Eshete (ዓለማየሁ እሸቴ), the vocalist dubbed the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’, alongside tracks by more obscure artists such as Merawi Yohannis and Birkineh Wurga.

For ‘Taitu’, Chahoud has selected 24 of his essential Ethio-Soul 7”s, that never leave his DJ box, and together they capture this opportune moment in Ethiopian music history that saw bands experiment with an armful of influences: gliding through R&B, rock & roll, jazz, funk, soul and boogaloo. What came out was a distinctly Ethiopian interpretation: pentatonic scales, horn-driven melodies and soul-shattering vocals sung in Amharic.

Shop open from 11:30am as normal. Music from 17:00.

BBE Music’s in-stores are always free, child-friendly, all age friendly, dog-friendly! Food & drink available from The Institute of Light and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.

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