Ethiopian Records, one of the pioneers of Ethiopiyawi electronic has set up this indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the double EP Wel. His fifth official album work so far. This work is about Unity, a unity that doesn’t deny harsh truths. As true solidarity is based on facts.
This is about an independent East African electronic Azmari making Ethiopian Experimental Music project come to life, while continuing the work of carving space for intentional, experimental African music in his city and all over the world. Reclaiming a space unapologetically, asking for change with love.
In musical structures of both his continent and the world in a world where Non Western, Black and African artists are structurally exploited, tokenized, ignored and belittled, where their work is gentrified and their contributions barely mentioned and cultural global influence is monopolized, he can’t do this successfully without your help.
This project is also about survival, it also has an objective to help support Ethiopian Records’ day to day livelihood and of his coworkers, their survival, their career and their projects that have been disrupted by the Coronavirus crisis and political unrest in his country Ethiopia.
Help Ethiopian Records and his team put out a message of unity, help amplify our voice. Help the survival of an independent music voice and his coworkers in East Africa and help set out a model of survival that gives artists agency, financial control and assertion.
Wel “ወል” is inspired by Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gebremedhin’s audio recordings. Wel stands for togetherness which is the notion of this EP. It will be a 10 track double EP with 2 videos and an array of works of art. It will involve around 23 creative professionals. We are asking not only that you push and feature this in your publication, organizations channels, social media, website etc but also help us push this project and be our advocate and spokesperson amongst your friends, coworkers, family.
If you have any ideas on how to spread the word we are open to suggestions and help.
Thank you for your help! Much love!
Ethiopian Records and his team.