Album: Various artists, Ethiopiques 24 (Buda)

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The wealth of sublime music produced in Ethiopia in the 1970s (before a military junta stopped the party) seems to have no end.

Here we are on volume 24 with at least a dozen more CDs promised. But who's complaining? For the already converted it's more of the fragrant same. And for the newcomer it's a chance to journey into a sinuous and sensuous realm where jazz, funk and soul were something else altogether. Does the Ayalew Mesfin track sound a little like early Roxy Music, or is it just me?