Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopiques Volume 7: Erh Mhla Mhla

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Ethiopiques Volume 7: Erh Mhla Mhla

Mahmoud Ahmed
A great Ethiopian singer under the spotlight.

Even before the Ethiopiques series became a cause celebre among world-music fans, latter-day funkateers, and folks with an ear for the unusual, Mahmoud Ahmed was a favorite of Afro-pop fans, and this — the second collection in the series devoted entirely to him — is full of ample reasons why. The 15-song set's final track, "Tezeta," is one of the most beautiful records in any category, from any place — pirouetting recorder, languid organ, soulful guitar, comforting bass line and Ahmed nudging along a sun-kissed, indelible melody.