Boomkat Product Review:
Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou was born into a prominent literary Ethiopian family in 1923 and partly educated in Europe. She studied piano and violin but political problems in her homeland led to an unsettled and peripatetic youth.
"Dispirited by events in her life, she found consolation in religion and became a nun. Although dedicated to teaching at an orphanage, she nonetheless found time to create a series of slightly jazz-influenced, neo-classical pieces, many of which are showcased here. The material is culled from two LPs that were released in 1963, when she was 40 years of age.
Meditations on bible themes and the beauties of nature were her favourite subjects and her compositions were often built around recognizably Ethiopian melodic structures. But they also reveal refracted shards of what would certainly be cited as influences if only it could be established she had ever heard the works of Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Abdullah Ibrahim and especially, Eric Satie."