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 produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.