Boomkat Product Review:
Hard-to-resist nuggets of Ethio-Jazz vibings from Haile M. Ghiorgis, who played keys fro some of Ethiopia’s most prominent groups and musicians such as Mahmoud Ahmed & Ibex Band and Tilahun Gessesse during the early ‘70s.
As his story goes, the blind keyboardist left his homeland for Hamburg, Germany in 1977, some years after Ethiopia’s communist revolution, to resettle as a member of various funk, reggae and afro-pop bands, eventually retraining as a piano tuner. In Hamburg he was exposed to a broader range of synthesisers and electronic instruments, favouring a Yamaha drum computer and DX-7 keyboard, a small old Roland synth, and a Solton organ - all of which you’ll hear inside these two beauties taken from his sole, self-released solo LP, Tigill Lemenor - Überleben - Survival .
A-side features the masterful hustle of Man Biye?, a melancholic instrumental love-song demonstrating Ghiorgis’ elegant dexterity in binding themes from his homeland with a jazzy freedom of expression and more westernised pop concision. Basically it’s wavy af will make your listening space shimmer.
The B-side coolly steps to the ‘floor with A Happy Disco Song, living up to its mantle with strutting bassline, flying disco drums and properly uplifting, super fruity keyboard vamps bound to light up any floor at the right time.
Fair to say that you’ll never come across the original LP, so this is an unmissable chance to get some Ghiorgis vinyl in your life.