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LALE GUMA / ADDIS HUM by The Ex + Fendika

Label: Ex Records
Catalogue #: EX 140
Format: 7” single
Release Date: 2015
Availability: In Stock

This new 7” single release is a musical cooperation between The Ex and the Ethiopian acoustic band Fendika. The Ex has a long history with Ethiopian music and has worked together with Fendika for 6 years on many European and American festivals and also in Ethiopia. Slowly they've grown closer and the result is stunnning: the typical Ex rhythms and riffs, combined with traditional instruments (one string masinko, kobero drums) and the great voice of singer Nardos.

“Addis Hum” is based on “Gue”, a traditional Ethiopian Gurage song.

“Lale Guma” is a song by Ayalew Mesfin and the Fetan Band. “Shellelle” is a traditional war cry. Both are chants which narrate the battles and account for the heroes, sung to boost confidence and inspiration.

The Ex

The Ex
  • Terrie Hessels - guitar
  • Andy Moor - guitar, baritone guitar
  • Katherina Bornefeld - drums, vocals
  • Arnold de Boer - guitar, vocals


  • Endris Hassen - masinko
  • Misale Legesse - kobero
  • Nardos Terfaw - vocals
  • Melaku Belay - dance
  • Zenash Tsegaye - dance


  • Recorded at the Next To Jaap Studio, Voorhout (NL) by Corno Zwetsloot and Gavin McDowall on June 16, 2014.
  • Mixed at the Next To Jaap Studio, Voorhout (NL) by Corno Zwetsloot and The Ex on September 18, 19 and 23, 2014.
  • Mastered at home by Arnold and Andy on February 5, 2015.
  • Cover design: Emma Fischer.
  • Photos: Matias Corral.
  • Label photos: Andy.
  • Distribution: Konkurrent.

Digital album available from Bandcamp.

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