Ethiopian beatmaker Mikael Seifu shares his new EP 'Zelalem' and a 50-minute vintage Ethiopian folk mixtape.
<p>As we’ve told you, <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/news/mikael-seifu-zelalem-how-to-save-a-life-vector-of-eternity-rvng-intl/" target="_blank">we’re really excited</a> for <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/tag/mikael-seifu/" target="_blank">Mikael Seifu</a></strong>’s new EP <em>Zelalem</em>. The Addis-Ababa-based producer’s had a hold on our ears since we first came across his Ethiopiyawi Electronic style—a blend of traditional Ethiopian folk sounds with UK garage & house beats—and his latest EP only furthers those sonic experiments.</p><p><em>Zelalem</em>, which means “Eternity” in Amharic, is made up of five songs that sample and reshape the Masenko and Krar instruments used by Ethiopia’s <em>azmaris</em> to create hypnotizing productions that Seifu calls “eternally Ethiopian.”</p><p>“Mikael’s music does not westernize or electronicize extant Ethiopian music," Seifu’s label <strong>RVNG Intl.</strong> adds. "Instead, Seifu uses Ethio-Jazz’s spirit of brewing estranged styles for his own musical tincturing.”</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><em>Zelalem</em>, <a href="http://igetrvng.com/shop/rvngnl34/" target="_blank">out today via RVNG Intl.</a>, is accompanied by a 50-minute cassette mixtape from Seifu that compiles Ethiopian and African folk music. There's no tracklist or much more info out there about the mix, so if you recognize any of the tracks give us a shout.</p><p>Stream the <em>Zelalem</em> mixtape below and, if you’re in NYC, head to Mikael Seifu's EP release party tonight (details in the flyer underneath).</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/249908677&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/COMMEND_1432R_030416.jpg"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xMDM5NzUwOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzYwNzY0NX0.aKgz2qgyi86Bv4SMiJwueVGd_YDV_4DGqx7zx5Y9QWE/img.jpg?width=980" id="1c9af" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="de5366c8344dae47b125fd41f905cbb0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></a></p>
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