Design in music : Ethiopian record sleeves.

Album artwork has always been carefully constructed in the music business. Picture sleeves, most commonly seen in European released records throughout the 60s can make some records much more collectible than the plain paper sleeved counterparts.

Ethio Jazz/Funk came about predominantly in the mid 60s during the large soul movement sweeping the nations, brought back by national artists after their travels around America and England. It aimed to take on the flavour of US artists whilst adding tradition instruments and the native language. At first the records may come across as being possibly rather far out in style but the roots of the music it was based from is incredibly prevalent.


Typical styled US art worked sleeves; Kid’s records 1950s.

On one of my many record trawls, generally over a hangover on Sunday afternoon – I came across discography from some known Ethio records labels; Amha, Philips and Mahmoud to name a few. The colours were so vibrant and the 50’s style cut-and-lay effect, commonly seen in American atomicesque’ art work and design (Below).

These sleeves caught my eye so much that I thought I’d share them with you. They come across much rawer in the style than the US sleeves, playing on mainly block colours and patterns. Great style and great music. Shame the records are so expensive to get my hands on, as Ethio collectors are mad for it and will pay big bucks for a single 45. Ethio music post set to come soon.












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