Oh my, here is some unforgettable Oromo massinko guru goodness from legendary musician <strike>azmari (Ethiopian griot)</strike>, Legesse Abdi. This video of him with less hair is a great illustration of how Ethiopian folk music forms (as in above) easily/eventually transform into a pop music soundtrack to life in that beautiful country. I can’t recall ever hearing mainstream Western pop music during my travels there, just stuff like this and beyond.
When I saw this tape in a shop in Ethiopia and saw Abdi’s hair and then listened to about 13 seconds of the distorted massinko and semi-strung-out, plaintive vocals, I knew this one had to come home with me.
Bonus: here is Legesse Abdi on a call in talk show (with incredible vintage footage), if you speak Amharic or don’t mind skimming through the video, you might enjoy this extra time with the man. (Hint: the song at 1:07 is insane, wait for the beat to drop.)