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Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul
DOXA Documentary Film Festival Screening
Maciek Bochniak | Poland/Germany | 2017 | 70 minutes | Rated: PG
In the late 1960s, record store owner-turned-music producer Amha Eshete noticed something strange—there was no Ethiopian music being produced and sold in his country. Herein began the birth of recorded Ethiopian music, imbued with the flavours of funk, soul and jazz. While technically illegal at the time, the music was celebrated by the people and tolerated by the country’s then-monarch. But in 1975, new governmental
powers hit the pause button on this new musical expression. Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul explores this rich history through a lively compilation of interviews with Eshete, Falceto, and many of the Ethiopian musicians—including Girma Bèyènè, pianist and arranger for the Walias Band.