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Ethio Stars

The original Amhartic music of Ethiopia is infused with influences of soul, jazz, R&B, Italian pop and Islamic-style vocals from the Ethio Celebrities. Created in 1981 by users of two rings — Dahlek as well as the Shabelle Music group — the Ethios Celebrities continue steadily to play their infectuous dance music in the resort night clubs of their homeland. Led by saxophone participant Shimeles Beyerie, The Ethio Celebrities have documented prolifically using their cassettes offering well in Ethiopian music shops. Relating to Beyerie, “Whenever we compose and play a fresh track, we sell it to a music shop. Then, they disperse it to the complete nation. I don’t keep in mind numbers of our released cassettes. There are therefore many, I don’t count number them”. The music from the Ethio Celebrities is dependant on four pentatonic scales — tizita, anchi-hoye, ambasel and bari — and generally arranged to a waltz-time tempo referred to as chikchika, although a considerably faster tempo is occassionally utilized. The Ethio Celebrities’ most widely known recording, Amhartic Strike, was split having a more-modern group, The Tukul Music group.

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