Gigi - Gold & Wax Review
by Sherrill Fulghum
Ejigayehu Shibabaw – better known as Gigi – was born into a family of coffee growers in Ethiopia, but Gigi decided early on that she was meant to be a coffee farmer. She was meant for the world of music. Although it was not formally allowed Gigi was given singing lessons by the local preacher.
"Gold & Wax" is Gigi's fourth album. The work is world music in it's truest sense. The music is a mixture of American jazz and African beats sung by an Ethiopian with an international line up of musicians – African, Indian, and American. The eleven original songs on this album demonstrate Gig's prolific songwriting abilities; the shortest song is nearly four minutes long. Gigi now makes her home in the United States and utilizes her exposure to numerous musical styles in her writing.
Her mezzo-soprano voice blends well with the music. At times her voice takes on the quality of being more of an instrument than a separate voice. Gigi sings in her native tongue. Only one song on the album – "Utopia" – is sung in English. However; the lack of understanding the words by no means distracts from the music, in fact it enhances the music and the world beat feel of the album.
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