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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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