Lale Guma / Addis Hum

by The Ex + Fendika

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This new 7” single release is a musical cooperation between The Ex and the Ethiopian acoustic band Fendika. The Ex has a long history with Ethiopian music and has worked together with Fendika for 6 years on many European and American festivals and also in Ethiopia. Slowly they've grown closer and the result is stunnning: the typical Ex rhythms and riffs, combined with traditional instruments (one string masinko, kobero drums) and the great voice of singer Nardos.
“Addis Hum” is based on “Gue”, a traditional Ethiopian Gurage song.
“Lale Guma” is a song by Ayalew Mesfin and the Fetan Band. “Shellelle” is a traditional war cry. Both are chants which narrate the battles and account for the heroes, sung to boost confidence and inspiration.

Ex Records, 2015.
EX 140
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released April 18, 2015

Terrie Hessels - guitar
Andy Moor - guitar, baritone guitar
Katherina Bornefeld - drums, vocals
Arnold de Boer - guitar, vocals

Endris Hassen - masinko
Misale Legesse - kobero
Nardos Terfaw - vocals
Melaku Belay - dance
Zenash Tsegaye - dance

Recorded at the Next To Jaap Studio, Voorhout (NL) by Corno Zwetsloot and Gavin McDowall on June 16, 2014.
Mixed at the Next To Jaap Studio, Voorhout (NL) by Corno Zwetsloot and The Ex on September 18, 19 and 23, 2014.
Mastered at home by Arnold and Andy on February 5, 2015.
Cover design: Emma Fischer.
Photos: Matias Corral.
Label photos: Andy.



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The Ex Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Ex started playing in 1979. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band, Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia. ... more

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