- Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed - vocals
- Mesele Asmamaw - krar, backing vocals
- Asnake Gebreyes - drums, backing vocals
- Brodie West - alto saxophone (7, 8)
Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed (1958-2006) was a phenomenal blind singer from the bar circuit in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. It was shocking news when we heard that he had died. On December 17, 2006. He was buried the same day. The week before his death, Jimmy was in hospital and the doctors found that he had a serious pneumonia, probably the result of another illness. They concluded that nothing could be done and they sent him home to die. What exactly was wrong we will never know.
Jimmy specialized in the songs of Tlahoun Gessesse, the greatest singer ever of Ethiopia. Still, Jimmy always remained true to himself and sang with both depth and passion, but his style was also improvised and swinging.
He was physically always really frail, his spirit and mind though, were incredible. He could sleep whole days, almost disappearing. But, when he was singing and performing, he was strong and fit like nothing on earth. The larger the audience, the stronger he seemed to be. We will never forget the classic concerts at the Moers Jazz Festival, the Banlieues Bleues Festival in Paris, the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Grand Mix in Tourcoing and almost any other performance he did. This CD, his second on Terp, is in memory of his great concerts. All benefits will go to a special fund to support his family.
- 01. Sethed Seketelat
- 02. Mela Mela
- 03. Eywat Setenafegagn
- 04. Antchin Keto
- 05. Hulgizey
- 06. Yaselame Lalo
- 07. Ende Jerusalem
- 08. Sewetchi Men Yilalu
Recorded live April 8th 2006 in The Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France. Mixed and mastered by Jeroen Visser at the Fishing Bakery Labs, Zurich, Switzerland.
Live photos by Kevin Saborit. Artwork by Emma Fischer. Layout by Jos Kley.
Terp African Series AS-14
Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed
€12 from Ex Mailorder