Guzo is the debut release of young Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga. Against the odds, Samuel found his way to music school in Addis Ababa and despite still being in his 20s and only having left music school relatively recently, he has developed at a pace remarkable for someone of his age. He has gone on to become one of Ethiopia's most promising young musicians and composers and in recent years, Samuel has gained wider international recognition through his touring and recording with Ethio-fusion group Dub Colossus.
Samuel Yirga's re-working of the 1970s psychedelic soul classic "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" is the first digital single taken from 'Guzo', the debut album by the young Ethiopian pianist who is also a member of Dub Colossus.
The song was written and first recorded in 1971 by the American band Rotary Connection featuring Minnie Riperton on vocals. In 1997 a cover version by Nuyorican Soul featuring Jocelyn Brown was released on Talkin' Loud.
Hagere is Samuel Yirga's debut solo EP, showcasing Samuel's playing both bold and sensitive, often improvised, always deeply impassioned. Samuel is the piano player with Ethiopian collective, Dub Colossus, and whilst he left music school relatively recently, he has developed at a pace, both as a player and composer, remarkable for someone of his age.