24 July 2006

Monday's mp3: Gigi's Gud Fella

Among the myriad projects in which Bill Laswell has a hand, I find few more compelling than Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw. They have worked together in Tabla Beat Science, and on Laswell's own albums, including 2002's Book of Exit. Her voice is at once exotic and accessible. It just fits.

The original "Gud Fella" appeared on Gigi's self-titled 2001 album. A limited-release EP was issued in 2002, including the original mix and five remixes of the song by Restless Soul and former Fela drummer and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen.

[mp3] Gigi: "Gud Fella (Restless Soul Inspiration Informational Mix)"
original song from the album Gigi
A good biography of Gigi resides at africadatabase.org

If you like Gigi's vocals, check out fellow Ethiopian vocalist Aster Aweke, or other music from Ethiopia such as the marvelous Ethiopiques series from Buda Musique.
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