DESDES by AWALOM GEBREMARIAM

SKU89096
ArtistAWALOM GEBREMARIAM
TitleDESDES
LabelAWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA
Catalog #ATFA 020LP
Genre
ReleaseW 16 - 2016
FormatVinyl - US2LP
EAN Barcode751937436119
Import
€ 25,99incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Desdes
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/1_desdes.mp3
  2. Tehhelo
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/2_tehhelo.mp3
  3. Teumat Chena
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/3_teumat_chena.mp3
  4. Aadu
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/4_aadu.mp3
  5. Eritrea
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/5_eritrea.mp3
  6. Salel
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/6_salel.mp3
  7. Segamaye
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/7_segamaye.mp3
  8. Malegaanya
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/8_malegaanya.mp3
  9. Gwaal Haagaraye
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/9_gwaal_haagaraye.mp3
  10. Showite Sigem
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/d/89096_desdes/10_showite_sigem.mp3

Description

At the age of 28, Awalom Gebremariam arrived in the United States, following a years-long journey from Eritrea.He'd made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia several years ago and eventually attained asylum status for passage to America. But before he left his hometown, Eritrea's capital Asmara, he made his first and only recording so far, Desdes. In 2006, Awalom began to teach himself two of Eritrea�s most recognizable and important folk instruments, the wata and the krar. Although they have roots in traditional music, they are heard in most Eritrean folk and pop recordings. Awalom completed Desdes in 2007, not long before he departed Eritrea. Because Awalom left after the recording he never received any money for cassette and CD sales. But he also didn't get to find out how much of an impact the songs have had loc ally. His songs appear to focus on love, but Awalom isn't speaking about romantic love per se. Much of the music Awalom heard growing up was intertwined with Eritrea's difficult and contentious split from Ethiopia. In 2012, during a trip to Switzerland to help promote a film about biking in Eritrea, ATFA was given a copy of Desdes by fixed-gear bicycle athlete Patrick Seabase, the documentary�s protagonist. Seabase gave a copy to ATFA founder Brian Shimkovitz as a gift and it later appeared on the ATFA blog. ! A few years later Shimkovitz was contacted by some agencies in North Carolina, where Awalom had settled. Through a translator very one decided to work together on a reissue of his recording. It took many months to source a clean master but now the album is ready and Awalom�s goals are clear. He spent years waiting for the chance to escape economic and political turmoil at home. Now 29 and living in North Carolina, he works in a restaurant and plans to bring his music to Eritrean communities across North America as well as newer listeners with whom his powerful sounds and remarkable journey will deeply resonate

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