Mahmoud Ahmed
Jeguol Naw Betwa

There are quite a few Mississippi Records fanatics out there, and it’s easy to see why. The preservation of roots music from all walks of life — not just blues and Americana — is a good thing, right? Head over to Little Axe, Mississippi’s distributor, for a reissue of Ethiopian “urban star” Mahmoud Ahmed’s 1978 Jeguol Naw Betwa LP, which, according to the label, is “as good as it gets & as close to universally perfect music as ever has been made.”

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Chocolate Grinder

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.