Album: Samuel Yirga, Guzo (Real World)

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The Independent Culture

Dub Colossus's young Ethiopian pianist is an incandescent talent.

His debut solo album is a mix of full-band Ethio-funk performances (in which he modestly functions as no more than just a contributing musician) and exquisitely poised solo pieces that subtly pay homage to the likes of fellow keyboard masters Abdullah Ibrahim and Erik Satie. It's these latter compositions – such as "Lone Stars…" – that are the quiet soul of this varied set.