I was turned onto this series by listening to Craig Charles - check it out at Dusty Groove:
A great dip into the legendary catalog of the Ethiopiques series -- and one that attempts to bring together some of the most groove-heavy tracks from the collection! The series has been going for over a decade -- and is well-known for bringing amazing other-worldly sounds to a much wider audience -- tunes recorded in Ethiopia during the 60s and 70s, rarely with original exposure to the outside world, and often featuring exotic reed passages, spacey keyboards, and some of the weirdest rhythms you'll ever hear! This 2CD set is a great way to dig the Ethiopiques groove without having to randomly buy the few dozen titles in the collection -- and it's supported by great notes aimed at newcomers to the music. Titles include "Yekatit", "Yekermo Sew", and "Tezeta" by Mulatu Astatque; "Tchero Adari Negn" and "Telantena Zare" by Alemayeh Eshete, "Muziqawi Silt" by Wallias Band, "Gedawo" by Ayalew Mesfin & Black Lion Band, "Embi Ila" by Beyene Habte, "Mother's Love" by Tsegue Maryam Guebrou, "Kulun Mankwalesh" by Tlahoun Gessesse, "Mela Mela" by Seyfu Yohannes, "Atawurulegn Lela" and "Fetsum Deng Ledj Nesh" by Mahmoud Ahmed, and "Abatatchen Hoy" by Alemu Aga.