Latest news » Samuel Yirga launches his debut album, Guzo, in Australia and New Zealand, 11 May.

Samuel Yirga is one of the brightest young talents to emerge on the Ethiojazz scene in recent years, introduced to Real World as the pianist with Dub Colossus. His debut album, Guzo, is just the start of Samuel's musical journey and a platform to showcase his extraordinary skill as both pianist and composer. The album's roots might be firmly in the Ethiojazz of Samuel's homeland, but this young man from Addis will open up a whole new door on a musical genre and region.

Guzo is released on 11 May in Australia and New Zealand. Samuel will tour Australia in June with dates in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Guzo will be released in Europe on 9 July, in France in September.


"What a fantastic album is Guzo... It has all the ingredients of a masterpiece. Great balance between avant garde jazz and sweet r&b vibe in some tracks and those Ethiopian scales... all tracks are outstanding!"

JPR at Simply Out Of This World/ Radio Bracknell

"I feel very privileged to have an early preview of this fantastic album. (Samuel's) classical music experience shows in his sensitive and thoughtful approach to his solo piano work like Ye Bati Koyita and Drop Me There and at the same time can make a beautiful Charles Stepney tune like I am the Black Gold of the Sun sound fresh yet again. A thoroughly rewarding album."

AfroBase on Juice FM

Published 9th May 2012, 11:16am »