Ethiocolor

Ethiocolor

 Addis Ababa, Ādīs Ābeba, ETH
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Ethiocolor is a traditional band, as its name implies its colorfull in so many ways starting from the type of music, to the performance of the dancers and the clothes. What makes this bands performance so unique is the different dances that goes along with the specific regional sounds, drawing a vibrant painting of Ethiopia in all her diversity. the rhythmic layers, costume changes and the famous 'eskista' (a hypnotic and frenetic dance of the shoulders) is a sure thrill to experience live.

Biography

Ethiocolor is a traditional band consisting of five traditional instruments, 3 vocalists and 3 dancers.
Led by the traditional dancer Melaku Belay, its the cream of the crop of cultural musicians and dancers of the country that share the common priority to represent the traditional styles in an accurate, lively and new way, as well as to spread their music all over the world.
Since its inception in 2009, word has spread fast for this young group. They have won a wide audience in Addis Abeba and the country, through that each member of Ethiocolor possesses, extensive national and international experiences.

Lyrics

Shemonmanaye

Written By: Wabi Abdrahman & Tokato Mena

Look…good…look good
Oh Look good for me
Look…good...look good
Oh Look good for me
So the obsession I have would go away from me
You keep on wearing this tattered cloth
While I had made it for you
Such fine beautiful fabric of kuta
I am patient of yours …a patient of yours
I am patient of yours …a patient of yours
Such a weak being
Easily kissed when being kissed
One who just fall asleep
From simple the hug that I get
The souring clod in the sky
I wish you pain has become mine
Have you picked my heart over the bed?
Because I have left it while you were there
Look…good…look good
Look good for me
Look…good...look good
Look good for me
So the obsession I have would go away from me
You keep on wearing this tattered cloth
While I had made it for you
Such fine beautiful fabric of kuta
You know that I love you, but where is your love X2
You took away my only heart
Go away from my faceX2
You! Helm of unwanted
So I could see that land my heart has desired
You don’t curse the road out of no where X2
For it brings back the one that it took away
Look…good…look good
Look good for me
So the obsession I have would go away from me

Ante Gondere

Written By: Wabi Abdrahman & Tokato Mena

Back vocalists:
Oh you! Gonder boy...as your land is my land
The slender Gonder boy…like your life….like in my life
My killer X4
Please stop you handsome X 2
How are you my beloved one
The plough …aha…the digger is from Gonder
Land of Abasamer …aha…Wolqayet Tsegede
So thrilled to have been born in Gonder
Please stop you handsome X 2
How are you my beloved one
Carrying the spice and the ginger
Recalling Azezo
Down the hills of Aba Samuel
Please stop you handsome! X 2
My killer/X2/
Though you don’t have it in you
Serious matter isn’t meant to be forgotten
Northern Armacheho…aha…WolqaYt Tsegede
Aha…Arbaya Brsa
Please stop! you handsome! X 2
My killer/X2/ Aha
I never said you shouldn’t go
Beyond the land of Azezo
Dembiya befriends a beast
Let alone a human being
Please stop! you handsome!
My killer/X3/ Aha
Please stop! You handsome! /X4/
I love my Gondereness
For it thought me heroism and tenderness
Back Vocalists:
He did everything
But he finally settled for what he believed
One with grace and one who is bejeweled
Is a man from Gonder
He did everything
But he finally settled for what he believed
One with grace and one who is bejeweled
Is a man from Gonder
My handsome…My handsome my handsome
My handsome/X2/ my handsome
Oh My handsome my handsome
Oh My handsome my handsome/X5/
My country boy…oh you ache
Aha…go on and hit it
…You! killer
…You! killer
…Go on and hit it
…You! Killer.
The death of a man
Even woman fights
if the land had calm down
…Yes! Go on and hit it!

Sekota

Written By: Wabi Abdrahman & Tokato Mena

Alem…X2
Hu…ye..ye
Alem Oh my alem
My beloved one
You just be quite I just know what to do
Just be quite because I know just what to do
I’ll blind his whole heart
So he thinks about no one
I am limping because of your love
I am wilting because of your deep love
From being woman who could walk on with grace
At the Bachero Megedam of the three parishes
I was famed for being the treasured daughter
Of an old man with respect and wisdom
But now you have ruined my name broken it in to pieces
Oh my Alem please come round
Oh My beloved one please come round
Alem...oh my Alem please come around
Hurry my hero please come around
Alem …(seba)…(seb)
Alem Oh my alem
My beloved one
No amount of Woldeya’s Sheman
Nor the force of B’qalem Endod
Would get rid of this love that I got
Beef jerky isn’t eaten unless it is beaten
How’s Seqota, land of the Wakesims
Oh my Alem please come round
Oh My beloved one please come round
Hurry my hero please come around…Esey
Alem oh…alem
Oh my Alem…
Oh Aelm …
Aleye…Alemeye
Oh my beloved one
Oh my gentleman
Oh Alem …please come around
No amount of Woldeya’s Sheman
Nor the force of B’qalem Endod
Let me follow you carrying my umbrella
My beloved Weyena
Along Seqota’s road in the heat of the sun
Oh my Alem please come round
Oh My beloved one please come round
Hurry my hero please come around…Esey
Alem…oh My Alem...Seb X2

Discography

Ethiocolor is about to release their first album, everything is ready to go to the pressing plants. The release will be in October 2014 and published on Selam Sounds.

Set List

Ante Gondarie
Sekota
Keremiela
Otai ma na
Helle Loyo Helle Ioha
Mali Malonayie
Mindjarie