New Israeli-Ethiopian music

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YELBEN / BEZA is the new single from the Hoodna Orchestra and Tesfaye Negatu. The single will release under the “Hoodna Music” label on a 7” vinyl and is the first in a series of collaborations between the Hoodna Orchestra and Ethiopian singers and musicians both from Israel and Ethiopia.
YELBEN (from my heart in Amharic) is a love song that reflects a painful longing for a love that is long gone and it was written by the Ethiopian poet and singer Demisu Belete and composed by Ilan Smilan.
The B-side is the instrumental song BEZA (“on my side” in the ge’ez language).
Both songs were recorded live in the Hoodna studio, on mostly analog equipment. The songs convey a respectful nod to the glory days of Ethiopian jazz and pop in Adis Abbeba during the 60’s and 70’s.
Listen to tracks on SoundCloud pages and on You Tube.
Find the group’s Facebook page here.
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