Album of the Week: Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru | Souvenirs

Some records scream vinyl. At least to my ears.

What I mean by that is certain kinds of music—like this kind—convey more emotion more fully when played back from a record, an LP. Why that’s the case has everything to do with everything.

the LP includes a 16 pg booklet featuring lyrics + translation and photos

Ethiopian nun, composer, and pianist Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru recorded the songs contained on Souvenirs between 1977-1985 at her parents home in Addis Ababa, singing and playing piano directly into a boombox and recorded to cassette. I am reminded of another Mississippi Records release, What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? by Washington Phillips in that both touch places rarely touched by music seemingly created by angels.

From “Ready to Leave”:

Across the Nile,
is there another Nile?
Aren’t death and
separation the same?