It’s been a while since I popped over to Calabash... the hot spot for world-music downloads. Happy to report they’re still giving away two free MP3s every weekday!
Glad I visited yesterday, because I found a track by Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw, who performs as “Gigi.”
I hadn’t heard of Gigi, but was intrigued by the fact that she is signed to Chris Blackwell’s record label. Chris Blackwell has magic ears. He introduced reggae music to the white world.
Anyway, the FREE MP3 is called “Anten.” It’s off Gigi’s 2006 CD, “Gold & Wax.”
I am enchanted by Gigi’s voice. And the groove is hap’nin’. Click here to stream “Anten” on my Vox blog.
I was really intrigued to learn that Gigi is married to Bill Laswell, her producer. Laswell has put forth some of the most progressive groove music of the past quarter-century, working with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Nona Hendryx, Sonny Sharrock, the Last Poets, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Buckethead. (Bernie and Bucket contribute some licks to “Gold & Wax.”)
So if you’re registered at Calabash, go grab that free track by following this link. And don’t stop there. I highly recommend the entire album. (“Gold & Wax” is also available at iTunes.)