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Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - My Ancestors | Mokonisa Bulga - Sidamo, Ethiopia

Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - My Ancestors | Mokonisa Bulga - Sidamo, Ethiopia

Chrissy Zebby Tembo - My Ancestors

It has been way to long since sent out some Zamrock and for this we apologize. This month we are delighted to bring you the classic My Ancestors by Chrissy Zebby Tembo. The timing of this most recent reissue could not be more perfect as the excited drumming of Chrissy Zebby Tembo and the bewitchingly fuzzy guitar of Paul Ngozi make for perfect accompaniment to the first warm days of spring. Throw open those windows, dust off the croquet mallet ,and turn the volume up! “Trouble Maker” is an especially good song to hear when you are sending an opponent’s ball off into the woods. As the liner notes modestly proclaim, “Chrissy has recorded this solo album and hopes you’ll enjoy listening to it.” You most certainly will!   

Mokonisa Bulga - Sidamo, Ethiopia

This delightfully floral and sweet coffee comes to us from a privately owned washing station called Mokonisa Bulga in the Dimtu area of Sidamo. The station buys cherry from almost 2000 small farmers growing local varieties on farms that are, on average, less than 2 ha. Mokonisa Bulga is owned by Israel Degfa, who also owns several other mills in Ethiopia and the exporting company Kershanshe Coffee. When we visited Ethiopia this past December, we got to spend a lot of time with Israel, visiting his washing stations and his dry mill in Addis. Israel radiates kindness and hospitality, not just to us, his guests, but also seemingly to all the folks that work for him. The care that he puts into his work really comes through in the cup—this coffee is full of florals, juicy melon and sweet pink lemonade.