Sosena Gebre Eyesus
- LA 018
On her self-titled album, Ethiopian artist Sosena Gebre Eyesus sings and plays the Begena, or King David’s Harp, one of the world’s oldest and most beguiling instruments.
Originally released on cassette, this is a limited edition LP of 500 copies. Since ancient times, the Harp of David, which Sosena Gebre Eyesus plays on this record, has been used as an aural balm, a soother of evil and disturbed spirits—its low, buzzing tones widely noted for their ability to sweetly refresh one’s soul. Said to have been brought to Ethiopia in biblical times by Menelik I, it has long been the central instrument used to accompany Ethiopian Orthodox hymns, which Eyesus plays here in an absolutely entrancing manner while softly singing songs of devotional reflection. Featuring six beautiful hymns that gently unspool at the measured pace of a lullaby, Sosena Gebre Eyesus magically creates a rarefied atmosphere that feels absolutely necessary and vital for these most turbulent of days.
LP - Standard LP