Shum - Shir

by Vespero

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“Shum-shir" is an ancient Ethiopian ceremony. Every 10 years the tribal elders and shamans chose a new Nəgusä (King) for the entire tribe. They kindled fires of eucalyptus leaves and twigs. They added secret drugs and inhaled the smoke from fires, bursting into endless dance for all night.. The cleansing flame towering above the ancient trees and spirits of the tribes - Isidore, Gully and Gaya descended from heaven. They indicated who would become the new Nəgusä in the morning .At dawn, this man would indue himself in white robes with the sound of the heavenly Hapi drum. And the tribe began a new life .....
(The chronicler Tekle - Ēzānā, 1687)

"Shum-Shir" is second part of “Abyssinian Tales” (first -”Lique Mekwas” was released as CD on R.A.I.G. In 2016 ).

Fully instrumental psyche-kraut-rock with ethno ifluences.

LP- version on Tonzonen​ Records (
Mastered by Eroc.


released November 17, 2017

Performed by: 
Ivan Fedotov – drums, percussion, drum machine programming 
Arkady Fedotov – bass, synths, flute (5) 
Alexander Kuzovlev – guitars 
Alexey Klabukov – keys, synths 
Vitaly Borodin – violin 

+ Alexander Timakov – percussion (1) 
Rasul Shugaipov - voice (1) 

All music by Vespero 
Recorded by Alexey Klabukov and Alexander Kuzovlev at VMS Studios 2015-2016 
Mixed and mastered by Alexander Kuzovlev 
Original graphics by Julia Novikova 
Design by Ilya Lipkin 


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"One listen to this musical outfit from Southern Russia known as Vespero was all it took to make me begin thinking about the great things that must be happening in Russia…"(by Ryan Sparks, Sea Of Tranquility).

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