Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Tchuhetén Betsèmu

Various Artists - Ethiopiques

Various Artists – Ethiopiques

A wise blogger posts early on Saturday morning when the weekend energy levels are at their highest. A foolish blogger leaves it till Sunday evening after two days of gardening! I’ve achieved a lot this weekend but I am “tatered”!

I have just enough energy to write this post and then, fortified by a curry, generously donated by my Indian neighbours, we’re of to see “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” a 1920 silent German Expressionist film with a live soundtrack composed and played by electronica / jazz duo Cipher.

On to the music and I’m posting a track by Tlahoun Gèssèssè who died on 19th April 19 this year. Tlahoun Gèssèssè was one of the most popular singers during Ethiopia’s “Golden Age” in the 1960s and early 1970s, acquiring the nickname “The Voice”.

In recent years he gained wider fame through the “Ethiopiques” series of CDs, compiled by the French producer Francis Falceto. Volume 17 is devoted entirely to Gèssèssè’s work and three of his songs, including the one chosen here, feature on the best-selling “The Very Best of Ethiopiques”.

Tlahoun Gèssèssè – Tchuhetén Betsèmu