Moa Anbessa

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Moa Anbessa
Moa Anbessa cover.jpg
Studio album by Getatchew Mekuria, The Ex and guests
Released 2006
Recorded April 3-4, 2006 at Jottem, Wormerveer, Netherlands; tracks 3, 5, 6, 8, 11 recorded live April 8, 2006, in the Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France, by Jeroen Visser
Genre Jazz, punk rock
Length 61:50
Label Terp Records
Producer Jeroen "Ato Asa" Visser and Dolf Planteijdt
The Ex chronology
Singles. Period. The Vinyl Years 1980–1990
Moa Anbessa
30 Years of The Ex
Getatchew Mekuria chronology
Moa Anbessa
Y'Anbessaw Tezeta

Moa Anbessa is an album by Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria with Dutch post-punk band The Ex and guests, released in 2006 on The Ex's subsidiary label Terp. The project came together on the heels of The Ex's previous studio album Turn, which incorporated elements of Eritrean and Congolese music alongside a tribute to the Ethiojazz anthems of Getatchew Mekuria. The Ex had toured Ethiopia twice and then invited Mekuria to perform at their 25th anniversary show in Amsterdam where he proposed that The Ex be the backup band for his next album. In addition to Moa Anbessa, the collaboration yielded tours of Europe and North America as well as an official live DVD released by Buda Music, producers of the influential Ethiopiques series of ethiojazz compilations.

In addition to Mekuria and The Ex's core two-guitar/drums/vocals line up, Moa Anbessa and the tours surrounding it featured additional brass and reed work from Canadian alto sax player Brodie West, French clarinetist Xavier Charles, and Dutch trombonist Joost Buis who had previously played with the band in their Ex Orkest project. The Ex also reunited with Scottish bass player Colin McLean with whom they had toured and co-released records in the late 1980s when both McLean and Andy Moor were members of the Dog Faced Hermans.

Album title[edit]

The name "Moa Anbessa", Amharic for "The Conquering Lion", refers to a political party made up of Ethiopians who support a constitutional monarchy. The party was created by exiled titular emperor Amha Selassie I to operate as the political wing of the crown. As an album title, it makes note both of Mekuria's support of the royal family, as well as his own "return to the throne" of Ethiopian jazz.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ethiopia Hagere" - 6:31
  2. "Sethed Seketelat" - 4:31
  3. "Eywat Setenafegagn" - 5:05
  4. "Che Belew Shellela" - 4:50
  5. "Aynamaye Nesh" - 5:55
  6. "Aynotche Terabu/Shemonmwanaye" - 8:15
  7. "Musicawi Silt" - 4:23
  8. "Tezeta" - 4:17
  9. "Almaz Yeharerwa" - 5:35
  10. "Tezalegn Yetentu" - 6:03
  11. "Aha Begena" - 6:30


  • Getatchew Mekuria (tenor saxophone)
  • G.W. Sok (vocals)
  • Katherina Bornefeld (drums)
  • Terrie Hessels (guitar)
  • Andy Moor (guitar)
  • Colin McLean (bass)
  • Xavier Charles (clarinet)
  • Joost Buis (trombone)
  • Brodie West (alto saxophone)
  • Cor Fuhler (organ on tracks 6, 9 and 10)