Gunfan Yellem!

by Damakase

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about

Endris Hassen (The Ex, Ethiocolor, Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Nile Project, MistO-MistO etc) and Cory Seznec (Groanbox, Seznec Bros, solo, MistO-MistO, etc) joined forces in late 2014 to fuse sounds from east and west Africa. Hungry for a fuller sound, they brought in Misale Legesse (Ethiocolor, Addis Acoustic Project, etc) on kebero and Cass Horsfall on bass (Black Jesus Experience, Jazmaris, etc) to flesh things out and create Damakase, a name which comes from a plant used in traditional medicine in Ethiopia to heal "gunfan" (cold/flu) and other ailments.
By late 2015 they had enough songs for an album, and asked Kenny Allen to come in as producer.
Gunfan Yellem! (translated roughly as Fever No More!) is an album recorded live in Cory's Glasshouse Studios. Guest artists were invited to add a little spice here and there, and Kenny fine tuned and tweaked the mix to perfection.
The music is comprised of 6 originals and two covers (Wuba by the Eritrean composer Tewelde Redda, and Mother's Love by the Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou).

credits

released September 7, 2016

Damakase is:

Cass Horsfall: bass, vocals
Cory Seznec: guitars, ngoni, banjos, vocals
Endris Hassen: masenqo, vocals
Misale Legesse: kebero, percussion, vocals

Guests:

Kaethe Hostetter: violin
Mesele Asmamaw: krar
Mesfin "Baby" Shiferaw: vocals
Ralf Werner: cello
Yann Seznec: piano, pump organ

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Kenny Allen
Produced by Kenny Allen with Damakase

Artwork by Jonathan Le Péchon
Photos by Gonzalo Guajardo

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Damakase Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Traditional Ethiopian themes mix seamlessly with west African grooves, old-time banjo riffs, and funk.

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Track Name: Damakase
You've got a fever and we got the cure
Damakase, Damakase
Ease your pains and make you feel pure
Damakase, Damakase
When you feel the gunfan coming on
Damakase, Damakase
Just Mowezawez to our song
Damakase, Damakase
Just Mowezawez to our song
Damakase, Damakase