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Awo ()
cdRoots Code: buda-860282

They describe the sound as 'Ethio-Crunch' and it's clear from their sound and lineup - guitar, bass, drums and sax - that they're heavily inspired by Getatchew Mekuria's skronky improvisational work with The Ex. Awo is the group's second recording, after their 2012 debut Yetchalal, and it's heavy listening. Guilhem Meier's thunderous drumming, Benoit Lecomte's rattling bass, and Damien Cluzel's metallic guitarwork churn out a surprisingly nimble post-rock groove that begins somewhere between System of a Down and vintage Black Sabbath, and ends up in a much, much weirder place. But the real stars here are Lionel Martin's agitated sax improvisations and Guebreyes's plaintive Amharic vocals.

   

"Gela gela"

"Tchuhetén Betsèmu"

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The RootsWorld review by Tom Pryor:
The French-Ethiopian project uKanDanZ provides a direct link to Éthiopiques. Not only were they signed to the Buda Musique label by Francis Falcetto himself, the Lyon-based quartet also collaborate with veteran Ethiopian vocalist Asnake Guebreyes, featured on Volume 18 of the series.

uKanDanZ describe their sound as “Ethio-Crunch” and it's clear from their sound and lineup — guitar, bass, drums and sax — that they're heavily inspired by Getatchew Mekuria's skronky improvisational work with The Ex.

Awo is the group's second recording, after their 2012 debut Yetchalal, and it's heavy listening. Guilhem Meier's thunderous drumming, Benoit Lecomte's rattling bass, and Damien Cluzel's metallic guitarwork churn out a surprisingly nimble post-rock groove that begins somewhere between System of a Down and vintage Black Sabbath, and ends up in a much, much weirder place. But the real stars here are Lionel Martin's agitated sax improvisations and Guebreyes's plaintive Amharic vocals.

Standout tracks include minor-key fever-dream “Gela Gela," the bombastic No-Wave skronk of “Sèwotch Men Yelalu," and a stunning cover of Tilahun Gésséssé's classic “Tchuhetén Betsèmu” that showcases Martin and Cluzel's delirious unison playing. But brace yourself for the album's final cut, which clocks in at almost 18 minutes, challenging the resolve of the weak and uncommitted.

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