Mahmoud Ahmed :: The Best of ... Vol 1
If there is a single artist who personifies the rich history of Ethiopian music, it must be Mahmoud Ahmed. This collection of his greatest hits includes many of the songs that have made Mahmoud a legend on the world music scene. Mahmoudís journey began in Addis Ababa in 1963, when he joined the Imperial Body Guard Band. In 1972, he released his first solo recording. Since then, he has come to define the Ethiopian sound. Demand for his music has brought him to North America, Europe, and Asia, where his name is synonymous with Ethiopian music. In more recent years, Mahmoud has worked on behalf of Nelson Mandelaís struggle for South African freedom and unity. Mahmoud Ahmed truly is the voice of Ethiopia Ė the only African country that was never colonized.
TIZITA: The song Tizita (ďMemoryĒ) is an Ethiopian classic, a stirring ballad that embodies the nostalgic spirit of the Ethiopian soul. Although many great Ethiopian singers have performed it, no other artist has so precisely captured the songís essence as Mahmoud Ahmed.
Producers: Giovanni Rico Bonsignori & Abegasu Kibrework Shiota
Executive Producer: Aman Adinew