Ethiopians - Slave Call

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Band/Record: Ethiopians - Slave Call

Label/Matrix: US 1988 Rohit RRTG-7716

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/Mint- (still sealed)

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Original US press on Rohit ... still sealed ...

~~  Deep nyabinghi drumming and chanting on a version of the Ethiopian national anthem gets things underway on Slave Call, a majestic journey through the spiritual roots of reggae. Later songs add guitars, bass, keyboards, and horns to build a more standard reggae sound on that foundation, but there's always a dignified restraint and the profundity of the nyabinghi beat. This is not your jumping-around reggae; it's more suited to a solemn procession, although the tempo picks up a bit for the joyous sound of a version of "Train to Skaville," The Ethiopians' signature song. Just as the Ethiopian national anthem is a recital of Rastafarian creed rather than that country's real national anthem, there's a Rastafarianized version of "Let It Be" that demonstrates the truly inspiring universality of any soulful music. Slave Call belongs in all serious reggae collections. --Jonathan E.

€30,00