Ethiopia has over eighty different cultures. With live recordings of music, this film is a voyage of discovery across mountains, deserts and forests to find the last interpreters of traditional Ethiopian music. A search for authenticity which is increasingly being pushed aside by electronics and mainstream culture…
A sound journey across the mountains, deserts and forests of Ethiopia and its cultural universe. Roaring Abyss will take you through an extensive and previously unpublished collection of music recordings of invaluable importance for the transmission and preservation of the African heritage.
Ethiopia’s music scene is known for its distinctive genre of Ethio-Jazz, a blend of western musical sounds, Armenian introduced brass instruments, and Ethiopia’s traditional folk and religious music. Most focus on Ethiopian music highlights the country’s modern musical output, music that utilizes keyboards, synthesizers, and drum machines.
“You feel the sounds so closely, you can almost smell the air and you know that it’s as close as you can get to actually being there yourself” – What’s On Africa
“The beautiful music that is captured in the film is deeply moving and spiritual. The music’s ancient past reverberates and bounces off the traditional instruments played, such as the Krar (a five or six stringed lyre), Washint (type of flute), Masenqo (single stringed bowed lute) and Kebero (double headed drum with animal skin stretched over making it a membranophone).” – OkayAfrica
“A fascinating document of music that has been passed on from generation to generation for centuries.” – FilmAfrica.org
Official Selection – Rotterdam International Film Festival
Official Selection – WOMEX
A film by Quino Piñero
87 minutes on 1 disc / English & Amharic w/English Subtitles / 2017
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