Qwanqwa – Volume One
Qwanqwa’s unique, experimental, joyously tuneful take on traditional Ethiopian music is irresistible. Volume One is their first album, recorded in 2013, and available on a ruby red cassette from FPE. (Volume Two, recorded in 2014, will be available on CD and LP in late 2014.)
The three songs on the first side are particularly killer. I’m not hugely knowledgeable about the bevy of music recently made available of African rock-type bands (these guys are less rock than some), but I’ve heard enough to know that this stands up quite well.