Bole2Harlem

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Bole2Harlem
Origin Harlem, New York City
Genres Hip-hop, Ethiopian music
Years active 2005 (2005)–2006 (2006)
Website www.bole2harlem.com/home.html
Past members David "Duke Mushroom" Schommer
Tigist Shibabaw
Maki Siraj
Davi Vieira
Dave Eggar
Henok Tenesgen
Balla Tounkara
Sam "Carpete" Effron
Gregg Fine
Khalid M'Zouz

Bole2Harlem was a musical collaboration that fused elements of Ethiopian music with American hip hop. Bole2Harlem released one album, Bole2Harlem, Volume 1, in 2006. David "Duke Mushroom" Schommer, a producer, songwriter, and percussionist, founded the group with Ethiopian singers Tigist Shibabaw (the late sister of singer Gigi) and Maki Siraj.[1] The project's name refers to Bole, a neighborhood in Addis Ababa (and the site of Bole International Airport), and Harlem, New York City, where Schommer and Siraj were residents.

History[edit]

The project has its roots in L'Orange Bleue, a New York cafe popular with African expatriates and where Schommer, Siraj, and Shibabaw would congregate.[1] Schommer had grown up immersed in Ethiopian culture: his father had helped establish a university in Ethiopia,[2] and consequently the family home was filled with Ethiopian art and stories.[3] Shibabaw and Siraj had made a recording after they met in 2005. Schommer, Shibabaw, and Siraj discussed an "Abesha MC" concept, with Shibabaw representing traditional Ethiopian styles (see Ethiopiques), and Siraj representing new musical trends.[4] Additional collaborators joined after hearing about the project through Schommer's other production activities.[4] Schommer and Siraj also trace the concept to the transit culture of Addis Ababa, where weyalas rapidly call out the destinations of share taxis (for example, "Bole, Bole, Bole, Bole...").[4] Schommer describes the idea of taking a New York taxicab and suddenly placing it and its passengers in Addis Ababa (thus, "Harlem, Harlem, Harlem, Harlem...").[4] The album cover art features a minibus similar to the vehicles used as share taxis. Tigist Shibabaw died in early 2008 in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia.[5]

Discography[edit]

Bole2Harlem, Volume 1[edit]

(Duke Mushroom Presents) Bole2Harlem, Volume 1
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Studio album by Bole2Harlem
Released 2006 (2006)
Recorded Sounds of the Mushroom, Harlem
MacSound, New York City
Genre Hip hop, Ethiopian music
Length 58:15
Label Sounds of the Mushroom
Producer Duke Mushroom

Sounds of the Mushroom released Bole2Harlem, Volume 1 in June 2006.[6] White Swan Records reissued the album in June 2011.[7]

According to Schommer, the track "Hoya Hoye" exemplifies the crossing of Ethiopian and American cultures. He explains how the title is derived from a Halloween-like celebration, in which children chant "Hoya, hoye, HO, hoya hoye, HO" while clapping and pounding sticks (see Buhe).[3][8] After hearing this chant sung in Addis Ababa, Schommer was further inspired by the beat of a hip-hop track he heard while walking through Harlem.[3] During this same walk, he also heard a Gospel choir singing as he passed a church, and decided to add the refrain ("Feeling all right!") to the song. The blues scale heard on the song is actually an abbreviated Ethiopian scale.[3]

The track "Bole 2 Harlem" appears on the compilation album Un Automne 2007.[9]

Track listing
  1. "Bole 2 Harlem" - 4:12
  2. "Hoya Hoye" - 4:08
  3. "Enseralen" Gojo - 5:27
  4. "Ametballe" - 4:56
  5. "Hi Loga" - 4:19
  6. "Endegena" - 4:47
  7. "Home" - 5:55
  8. "Ya Selam" - 3:54
  9. "Aya Bellew" - 4:41
  10. "Harlem 2 Bole" - 2:28
  11. "Quralew" - 1:47
  12. "Ensaralen Gojo (Remix)" - 8:58
  13. "Africaye!" - 2:28

All Songs Written by:

  • D. Schommer: Music
  • M.Siraj, T.Shibabaw, D.Schommer: Lyrics

Except:

  • #4, 11: D. Schommer: Music, M.Siraj: Lyric
  • #3, 12:D. Schommer: Music, J.Bashir, M.Siraj: Lyric
  • #6: D. Schommer: Music, M.Siraj, D.Vieira: Lyric
Personnel

Contributing artist[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Press release on Rock Paper Scissors, (accessed November 23, 2014).
  2. ^ Harvilla, Rob (December 26, 2006). "Harlem Globetrotters". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Marco Werman (February 2, 2007). "Bole2Harlem". The World. (transcript). PRI. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Derek Rath (January 15, 2007). "Bole2Harlem: Hearing Ethiopia in New York". Day to Day. NPR. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ethiopian Singer Tigist Shibabaw of Bole 2 Harlem Dies in Bahar Dar". WorldMusicCentral.org. January 21, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bole 2 Harlem Vol #1". Amazon. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bole 2 Harlem – Volume 1". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  8. ^ "Ethiopian festivals". Selamta.net. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Various – Un Automne 2007". Discogs. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 

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