Sunday, August 16, 2015
Somali dancemix / "Ethiopian Girl"
this mix - one side of a tape put out by Cayk Recordings and purchasable here - is fairly variable stuff, as is so often the case with African cassette archaeology.... but moments of magic fade in and out through the golden fog of analogue-decayed-with-age that make it worth sticking with it
one of the more magical bits is the tune near the end, Dur-Dur Band's "Ethiopian Girl"
which despite the title is some sort of a cover / rewrite of Londonbeat's 1990 smash "Thinking About You" (#2 UK; #1 Billboard)
now a dude on YouTube says "Ethiopian Girl" is the original
sole commenter says, 'nah, mate', though
more Dur Dur Band
this is that 80s Ethiopia / Somali stuff Ariel P is into (and did a naughty with), right? Deng-era slickfunk.