Thursday, January 19, 2012

CD Review: Temesgen's 'Traditional Favorites'

Traditional Favorites

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Temesgen has since relocated to Michigan, USA. Temesgen plays a krar--a five-or-six-string bowl-shaped lyre from Ethiopia. The harp-like and meditative quality of the krar is a soothing accompaniment to Temesgen's low, gruff voice. The music is relatively rudimentary with no electric accompaniment. In other words, Traditional Favorites is a traditional romp through the folk music of northeast Africa. The thirteen tracks are calming, memorable, and easy to listen to with some light backup vocals, too. Whatever the occasion--relaxing, studying, dining, cleaning, or reading--Temesgen is a perfect addition to your household. Fans of harps, Ethiopian folk music, and African music in general, will love the vocals and sounds. This is my traditional favorite. ~ Matthew Forss

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