The first song on the new album is entitled, “Amest Bet Gurage,” and translates to Five House Gurage which incorporates the typical Gurage rhythm/dance. “Meskerem,” or September, is the month in which Ethiopians celebrate the new year. The song “Meskerem” is in the style of chikchika - a 6/8 feel that grooves from a brass melody into a piano solo. The vocals build at the end, singing about this being a time of celebration and everyone should get up and move! The title song of the album, “Ethiopian Ocean,” was the result of some research by our band leader who found that the Atlantic Ocean used to be known as the Ethiopian Ocean. His composition seeks to recreate that ancient time through the use of the diminished pentatonic scale and the floating “Songo” rhythm.
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