Imperial Tiger Orchestra – Mercato (2011)

Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Mercato (2011)
Artist: Imperial Tiger Orchestra
Album: Mercato
Genre: Modern Creative / Ethnic Jazz
Origin: Switzerland
Released: 2011
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Yedao (4:41)
Lale Lale (4:03)
Zoma (7:25)
Anchi Bale Game (6:28)
Yefikir Woha Timu (4:52)
Bemgnot Alnorem (3:59)
Shinet (3:04)
Demamaye (4:31)
Tirulegn (feat. Bethelem Dagnachew) (6:00)
Djemeregne (Canblaster Tribal mix) (4:20)

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The Ethiopiques CD series of 1970s Ethiopian funk has inspired several excellent bands over the past few years.

While Dub Colossus found reggae was a natural fit, and the Heliocentrics overlaid more of a post-rock aesthetic, these gentlemen from Switzerland have remained more loyal to their source material. But that’s not to say that Mercato is purely imitative. This is intricate, punchy and wholly contemporary-sounding funk/jazz/rock of the highest order.
Reviewed by Howard Male