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"Stacks up well to the music of Swinging Addis. Huge range...as fluid as Keith Jarrett in Koln." ****- Downbeat magazine, spring 2013

Samuel Yirga's musical life so far has been full of obstacles: social restrictions, family regulations, hurdles thrown up by the reality of life. Yet in the face of all of this, the gifted young pianist who grew up in the capital of Ethiopia ... Read more in Amazon's Samuel Yirga Store

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Listen  1. Abet Abet (Punt Mix)Samuel Yirga 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tiwista (Tinish Mix)Samuel Yirga 5:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Firma Ena WereketSamuel Yirga 6:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Yeh Bati KoyitaSamuel Yirga 8:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Nou Se SoleilSamuel Yirga, The Creole Choir of Cuba0:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Am The Black Gold Of The SunSamuel Yirga, The Creole Choir of Cuba, Nicolette 5:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dance With The LegendSamuel Yirga 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. My HeadSamuel Yirga 5:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Drop Me ThereSamuel Yirga 8:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Blues Of Wollo (Dessye Mix)Samuel Yirga 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. African Diaspora (Bonus Track)Samuel Yirga, Nicolette 6:430.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An exceptional debut! 22 Nov 2012
By S Bazaar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a stunning first album by such a young, shining talent! Wow. Samuel Yirga plays -- and composes -- with such nuance and subtlety, and his assortment of influences makes it a very interesting and varied album that hangs together so nicely because of his amazing ability. His cover of the psychedelic soul classic "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun" with the Creole Choir of Cuba on vocals is a shimmering delight.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Ethiopian jazz album 22 Nov 2012
By Stuart James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
An exquistely balanced flow of the style that derives from the modern renaissance of Ethiopian music, abstracted into jazz without losing its distinctive characteristics. Similar to the way that Abdullah Ibrahim' s playing changed the piano into an instrument that expressed an African musical sensibility, Samuel Yirga has made the piano an Ethiopian instrument. There are some lovely melodies, and it is an album the rewards play after play. Masterful, with depth of beauty.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Colorful Palette of Samuel Yirga 29 May 2013
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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A debut recording of an artist often consists of a variety of styles to demonstrate versatility and broad talent. This is both an asset and problem, since musical coherence in an album usually is a superior approach. Samuel Yirga, young and brilliant keyboardist, presents here pop arrangements and also jazz stylings of Ethiopian music. As a jazz fan, I prefer the Ethiopian melodies and riffs in modern jazz format, yet funky fusions and brassy percussive beats bring one delightful surprise after another. A large number of musicians in Ethiopian and the UK were involved in this project (25 plus a choir); mixing from both sites was done only for track 10. Track 4, Ye Bati Koyita, has Yirga playing solo piano; an entire album of such Keith Jarrett-like solo explorations would be wonderful. Someday perhaps. For me, this track sells the album. The two following pieces with the Creole Choir of Cuba provide a big band or cinematographic feeling. Dance with the Legend is another solo piano track of passionate Ethiopian scales. My Head may be a statement of all the musical forms that compete in Yirga's noggin: a stew of soul, funk, Latin, traditional Ethiopian, and jazz. The swirling is set aside with the third solo piano work -- a slow, quiet, and gentle meditation. The Ping-Pong alternation continues with The Blues of Wollo, which begins mysteriously with the Ethiopian messenqo bowed lute and features vocalist Genet Masrehsa. This track has an amazingly original sound that is traditional and jazzy with a touch of classical mood. Nicollete, who appeared earlier, sings the final track, African Diaaspora, a pop piece. Experienced in jazz, classical music, and African fusion, Yirga has a bright solo career before him
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Favorite album I've heard all year! 4 Dec 2013
By limerick42 - Published on Amazon.com
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Music like this is the sonic equivalent of food. I'm a musician with pretty eclectic tastes, and I'm pretty choosy about what I listen to. This is my favorite thing I've heard all year. It's rich, well-crafted, musically interesting, unique, and fun to listen to, with multiple layers of musical flavor. Should I go on? I've already bought it as a Christmas present for another musician friend. If you're looking for something new to listen to, and you don't want it to sound like every single thing you've already heard, check this out! I'll be on the lookout for more albums by this artist.
Awesome 22 Feb 2014
By azquim - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of fusion, jazz or world music, check this album out right away.

Samuel Yirga is a fantastic pianist and composer, at times channeling Mulatu Astatke and Keith Jarrett but most often sounding exactly like himself. 'Guzo' covers a wide range of styles, from haunting piano solo pieces to more upbeat moments like 'My Head' or opener 'Abet Abet.' Strong rhythms are common throughout and there are a couple of fantastic vocal numbers, provided by guest singers.

Probably my favourite purchase from the year.
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