But if anyone can make it work, it's probably him. The Ethiopian modes have an almost Arabic feel to them, this strange harmonic minor twist with a flat sixth and a sharp seventh, which gives the music a very unusual tonality. Instead, he invented a musical genre and became the central figure in an enormously successful series of anthologies that dug deep into the origins of a fascinating but long-hidden world. Nevertheless, his reputation grew, thanks in part to a partnership with Amha Eshete, an equally adventurous young man who had started the country's first independent record label. In Hawkins's view, the undoubted similarity of the music of Mekuria and other Ethiopians to the sound of American musicians is a matter of "family resemblance" rather than direct influence. In the first year of the revolution he recorded Yekatit: Ethio Jazz , the first Ethiopian album to be planned as a single entity, rather than being compiled from a collection of singles. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Western instruments — trumpets and saxophones, electric keyboards and bass guitars — are played with a different accent, generated by tuning some Ethiopian music also makes use of non-tempered scales and timing.
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