Gabriella Ghermandi – Ethiopia – Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II (Arc Music, 2016)
Vocalist Gabriella Ghermandi dedicates this album to charismatic Ethiopian emperor Tewodros II. Born in Addis Ababa to an Italian father and an Ethiopian mother, Gabriella Ghermandi combines fascinating Ethiopian music traditions with modern elements.
Ethiopia – Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II features a mix of Ethiopian and Italian musicians who perform a wide range of instruments.
The lineup on Ethiopia – Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II includes Gabriella Ghermandi on vocals; Yohanes Afework on washint (flute); Endris Hasan on masenqo; Michele Giuliani on piano; Marcello Piarulli on bass; Fasika Hailù on krar; and Cesare Pastanella on drums, talking drum, shaker, metals, rattles.
Ethiopia – Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II is a beautifully-crafted album rooted in Ethiopian tradition.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.
Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.