One of the strangest things about Ethiopian pop music is how little was ever recorded, and how easy it now is for you -- yes, you -- to hear the best of it. Between 1969 and 1978 only a few hundred songs were recorded on Ethiopia's renegade indie labels; after that, economic decline, governmental repression, and a brewing civil war made pop music a thing of the past. While the window was open, though, a handful of tiny companies produced some of the most beguiling, hippest "world music" ever -- a radical, hypnotic brew of American soul, pop, and jazz mixed in with traditional... More >>>