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Lopa Kothari

The Ethiopian harpist Alemu Aga in session as well as all the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari.

All the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari including the sublime sound of Alemu Aga's Ethiopian harp, in session. Called the "bèguèna" in Amharic, some believe the instrument to be a direct descendant of King David's harp

Alemu Aga was born in1950 in Entotta, near Addis Ababa and is an Ethiopian musician and singer and a master of the bèguèna (a ten-stringed member of the lute family, also known as "King David's Harp"). Alemu went on to become an acknowledged master of the instrument, first recorded in 1972 by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin for a major UNESCO collection, and performing and broadcasting around the world. In 1974, however, the Derg military junta came to power in Ethiopia; their anti-religious policies also included the banning of the harp from radio broadcasts, as well as the teaching of the instrument. As a result, Alemu Aga decided to open a souvenir shop in Addis Ababa's Piazza district.
For a time he played only in private, but the collapse of the Derg's régime led eventually to a change in state policy, and Alemu again began to teach and perform in public.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Fri 24 Sep 2010 23:15

Music Played

  • Phuzushukela

    Intombi Ibhinca Isiwaba

    Composer: J Benghu

    • South African Funk Experience.
    • Nascente NSFUNK005.
  • Flora Matos & Stereodubs

    Pai da Familia

    Composer: Flora Matos

    • Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!.
    • Mais um Discos 5060124570785.
  • Bonga

    Agua rara

    Composer: Carvalho

    • Best of Bonga.
    • Lusafrica 562352.
  • Jorge Humberto

    Forca de Tambor

    Composer: Humberto

    • Ar de nha Terra.
    • Lusafrica 024002.
  • Studio Session

    • Alèmu Aga

      Abatchin (Our Father)

      • BBC Recording by sound engineer James Birtwistle, September 2010.
    • Alèmu Aga

      Medina Zlesgna (futility of life)

      • BBC Recording by sound engineer James Birtwistle, September 2010.
  • Brian Henneman

    Just one more Mountain

    Performers: Three Fried Men

    • Leo Connellan - Crossing America.
    • Skuntry Records SKU005.
  • Paul Armfield

    Sloe Gin

    • Blood Fish & Bone.
    • Cargo Records LC09520.
  • Kouyaté-Neerman

    Touma

    Performer: Featuring Mamani Keita & Moriba Koita Kangaba

    • Kangaba.
    • No Format Records.
  • Chico Correa & Electronic Band

    Eu Pisei na Pedra

    Composer: Trad, Arr. Chico Correa

    • Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!.
    • Mais um Discos 5060124570785.
  • Julien Jacob

    Lehe Lehe

    • Sel.
    • Volvos Music VOL1001.
  • Studio Session

    • Alèmu Aga

      Creation

      • BBC Recording by sound engineer James Birtwistle, September 2010.
    • Alèmu Aga

      Alayenin – Belu (we have not seen)

      • BBC Recording by sound engineer James Birtwistle, September 2010.
  • Fool's Gold

    Ha Dvash

    Composer: Luke Top/Lewis Pesacov

    • Fool’s Gold.
    • I Am Sound Records IAM002UC.
  • Omar Sosa

    Promised Land

    Composer: Trad, Arr. Sosa

    • Across the Divide.
    • Half Note 4538.
  • Tulipa Ruiz

    Pedrinho

    Composer: Tulipa Ruiz

    • Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!.
    • Mais um Discos 5060124570785.
  • Ego Lemos

    Tebe Hamutuk

    Composer: Ego Lemos

    • O Hele le.
    • Skinnyfish Music DRAMCD0062.
  • Heidi Talbot

    Tell me truly

    • The Last Star.
    • Navigator Records.
  • Jorge Drexler

    Toque de queda

    • Amar la Trama.
    • Warner Music Spain S.L. 25646 8333 2.
  • Mini Box Lunar

    Amarelasse

    • Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!.
    • Mais um Discos 5060124570785.
  • Lobi Traoré

    Hine

    Composer: Lobi Traore

    • Rainy Season Blues.
    • Glitterhouse Records CD944592.

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