Negestat by Anbessa Orchestra
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  1. Negestat
  2. Gurage
  3. Gize Suite
  4. Get'err
  5. K'etema
  6. Yeleleu Hager Lidj
  7. Tsahai
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Early in the year, Brooklyn-based ensemble Anbessa Orchestra swung into action with Negestat, an album of brassy Ethiojazz arrangements with a heavy hit of funk that marks Anbessa's first full-length release. Recorded completely using analog techniques, Negestat shows the orchestra's commitment to retro sound and high-quality funk. As much Charles Bradley as it is Mahmoud Ahmed, this is an easy album to love and ready-made for dancing. Anbessa Orchestra has a strong sense of groove that provides a strong backbone for all its instrumental ornamentation, and every cut on this new album urges you to keep moving, from bombastic "Negestat" to lyrical "T'sahai".

Anbessa Orchestra opens a portal from 1970s Addis Ababa to the modern world on Negestat, and what emerges is fresh and fantastic. The interplay between band members is satisfying; the melodies are fantastically soulful. Negestat is comfort food, warming the heart, the ear, and the whole body from the inside out.


Wayne Tucker- Trumpet

Eyal Vilner- Alto Saxophone

Eden Bareket- Baritone Saxophone

Nadav Peled- Guitar, compositions, arrangements

Dor Heled- Keyboard

Tamir Shmerling- Bass

Eran Fink- Drums 

Recorded at Dreamland Studios by Ariel Shafir

Mixed at Dreamland Studios by Ariel Shafir & Nadav Peled

Mastered by Alex Abrash at A.A Mastering

Cover art by MBC Hiroots

For fans of:Mahmoud Ahmed, Antibalas, Ali Farka Toure
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