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The Nazarenes are an Ethiopian roots reggae duo consisting of brothers Medhane Tewolde and Noah Isac Tewolde, both of whom are skilled singers, writers, arrangers, and producers. The brothers grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the 1970s. Medhane received his first guitar when he was 12 years old, and the musical course for the brothers was set, with Noah eventually taking up the bass. Both ended up playing in various bands in Europe, making Sweden their home base.

Medhane toured widely in the mid-'90s, working in the road groups of Zqulah, Mama Booker, and Culture Knox, while Noah landed a record deal with Virgin Records in 1992, eventually releasing three singles and an album with Virgin under the name Anbessa.


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The Tapes

Xenia Kriisin

Atri N'assouf (NE)

When Rissa Ag Wanaghli, former member of the band Takrist N'Akal from Niger, meets Plume, a prominent French percussionist, the new band Atri N'Assouf (the Star of the Desert.) was born. The compositions of Rissa, a Tuareg of the Air Massif, are decorated by the percussion of Plume, radiate sunshine and above all good humor. Unlike many Tuareg bands who show a relatively heavy and dark vision of their music and culture, Atri N'Assouf offers a cheerful and festive atmosphere. The amazing acoustic guitar combined with the trance percussion and rhythmic clapping creates great dance music. The colorful clothing of the Touareg also contributes to this great stage act. With their CD Akal (meaning the country) Atri N'Assouf shows clearly that t...

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