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IN MEMORY OF by Bahru Kegne

Label: Terp Records
Catalogue #: AS-23
Format: CD
Release Date: 2013
Availability: In Stock

In memory of Bahru Kegne (1929-2000), Ethiopia’s greatest azmari. The cassette years 1988-1996.

Bahru Kegne was a legendary azmari, who was even a private court-player under Haile Selassie, then the ‘free newspaper’ in the communist days and recording some amazing ‘modern’ cassettes in the last years of his life. Deep, hypnotic, trance-like music, and unlike things published before.

  • Bahru Kegne - masinko, vocals
  • Yared Tefera - saxophone
  • Berhane Kidane - keyboard
  • Abijou Solomon - bass guitar


  1. Sela Beyligne (6:25)
  2. Ambassel (6:39)
  3. Ye Gebere Leza (7:42)
  4. Tezetaye (6:10)
  5. Endet New Gedawo (4:36)
  6. Bati (5:53)
  7. Mela Mela (6:42)
  8. Tew Tew (5:59)
  9. Derbabaye (6:23)
  10. Shemounmoun (4:57)
  11. Yehuna (7:10)
  12. Tenayewa (9:41)


  • Music and text: Bahru Kegne.
  • Additional music and text arrangements: Abebe Melesse and Yilma Gebreab.
  • Released and licenced in agreement with Bahru’s children Teshager, Meseret and Negat.
  • Interviews: Emma Fischer, Getatchew Debalke, Zerihun Engidashet and Henok Ashager.
  • Translation lyrics: Prof. Dr. Hailu Habtu.
  • Translation interviews: Zerihun Engidashet and Simeneh Betreyohannes.
  • Artwork and layout: Emma Fischer.
  • Bahru Kegne photos: family collection.
  • Youtube stills, Ethiopia photos: Emma Fischer.

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