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CD

The CD was recorded at Langano Studio in Addis Abeba in February 2013 and printed in Italy in September 2013. It has been sent to those who contributed to the project through produzioni dal basso. It contains 9 tracks.
Below you can listen to some excerpts.

 
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Dink hona

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We are born into a world that inspires wonder
fertile in its diversity and richness,
people of so many colors, like the spectrum of the rainbow,
Why then do we make it so bitter?
So harsh for human beings?

Anchihoye pentatonic scale
lyrics and music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals

Atse Tewodros

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I will risk having my bones be shattered
I will risk having my blood flow from my body like a sea
I am willing to lose my life rather than yield an inch of my country’s independence …
… I will fight those who have come cloaking their intentions in the Gospel, to subjugate our land

Bati pentatonic scale – begins with a traditional melody known as Fanno Fanno
lyrics by Gabriella Ghermandi and Dr. Berhanu Gizaw
music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – Endris Hasan masenqo – Michele Giuliani piano – Marcello Piarulli bass – Fasika Hailu kirar – Cesare Pastanella drums, talking drum, shaker, metals, rattles

Be kibir

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… to walk with head held high, in total freedom,
how does one gain and how does one lose that right
what is its cost,
what else can replace it

why do we so love this migration
that strips us of respect?

Ambassel pentatonic scale
lyrics by Gabriella Ghermandi and Inish Hailu
music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – Endres Hasan masenqo – Michele Giuliani piano – Marcello Piarulli bass – Fasika Hailu kirar – Cesare Pastanella drums

Che below

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war song (shellela)

In Ethiopian tradition, warriors entered the fray of battle shouting the name of their commander’s horse. This name was always made up of the noun “Abba”, (Father), followed by a word connected to some quality of the leader; for instance, Atse Tewodros’ horse name was Abba Coster (Serious), while Menelik’s was Abba Dagnew (Judge). This song echoes the ancient tradition: it re- counts the deeds of heroes, evoking them through their horse name.

lyrics and music by Gabriella Ghermandi
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – Endris Hasan masenqo – Michele Giuliani piano – Marcello Piarulli bass – Fasika Hailu kirar – Mesale Legese kebero (Ethiopian traditional drum set) – Cesare Pastanella congas, shakers – chorus: Gabriella Ghermandi, Michele Giuliani, Yohanes Afework, Fasika Hailu, Marcello Piarulli, Cesare Pastanella, Rossella Giovannelli, Mesa Ameme

Mimiye

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dedicated to my daughter Mahlet

intro: traditional lullabies in the Oromo, Wolaytta, Tigre, Silt’e, and Amhara languages.

(Traditional lullaby in Amharic:
sleep my little one, sleep my babe
as I cook I carry you on my back
as I grind I carry you on my back
but by now my back is scraped to bits
come on, time to get down,
my little one!)

My beloved world,
my little nook of joy,
sweet snare of love,
that is you, my rosebud

lyrics by Gabriella Ghermandi and Inish Hailu
music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – Michele Giuliani piano – Cesare Pastanella drums, talking drum – Marcello Piarulli bass – Fasika Hailu kirar

Atse Tewodros – part 2

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I will risk having my bones be shattered
I will risk having my blood flow from my body like a sea
I am willing to lose my life rather than yield an inch of my country’s independence …
… I will fight those who have come cloaking their intentions in the Gospel, to subjugate our land

Bati pentatonic scale
lyrics by Gabriella Ghermandi and Dr. Berhanu Gizaw
music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
arranged by Michele Giuliani
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Michele Giuliani piano

Hagere, bete

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… I call you mama like a mother who gave birth to me
… Mama Ethiopia, you are my land, my home

traditional Wollo rhythm seqota
lyrics and music by Gabriella Ghermandi
arranged by Aklilu Zewdie and Mesale Legese
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – EndrIs Hasan masenqo – Marcello Piarulli bass – Fasika Hailu kirar – Mesale Legese kebero (Ethiopian traditional drum set) – Cesare Pastanella congas, rattles, metals

Tew below

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war song (shellela)

lyrics taken from an old war song that the Arbegnoch sang against the Italian army during the invasion in 1935:

… show them the boundary line drawn by our warriors,
how it is guarded by our bones,
and if they do not heed the warning
… belew belew belew …

music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – Endris Hasan masenqo – Michele Giuliani piano – Marcello Piarulli bass – Fasika Hailu kirar – Mesale Legese kebero (Ethiopian traditional drum set) – Cesare Pastanella congas, talking drum, cymbals, shakers


Be kibir – part 2

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… to walk with head held high, in total freedom,
how does one gain and how does one lose that right
what is its cost,
what else can replace it

why do we so love this migration
that strips us of respect?

Ambassel pentatonic scale
lyrics by Gabriella Ghermandi and Inish Hailu
music by Gabriella Ghermandi and Aklilu Zewdie
arranged by Cesare Pastanella
produced by Alberto Maurizi
Gabriella Ghermandi vocals – Yohanes Afework washint – Endres Hasan masenqo – Fasika Hailu kirar – Mesale Legese Ethiopian church ritual drum, shaker – Cesare Pastanella Ethiopian traditional small drums, metals, kebero (Ethiopian traditional drum set)
© 2013 Gabriella Ghermandi
℗ 2013 Gabriella Ghermandi