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Ethiopia’s Rising Electronic Producers Find Their Voice

Pete Kowalczyk | Dazed Digital   in  ยท
July 5, 2015

At a field recording in the outer fringes of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s newest producers are recording Azmari tribal musicians onto their Macbooks. Rhythms are beaten out on horse hair guitars and oil-can drums. Singers exchange missives like a kind of Run DMC straight out of ancient Africa. “This is the original hip hop,” says producer Endeguena Mulu. He’ll use samples from today’s session in the club tonight. “Kids in Wu-Tang hoodies play this music in tribal villages on mobile phones. We don’t see it as exotic. It’s the way we speak today.โ€


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