very interesting set of music that included the Either/Orchestra on your recent show
Altchalkoum has been a protest song in Ethiopia since the late 50s, although the lyrics are in the form a lover’s protest to their unfaithful lover (it means something like “I can’t take it any more”). This stands in for being sick of whichever regime you are protesting. It’s generally done as a rowdy, fast song, but I found the melody so beautiful that I slowed it way down. I have also arranged it for symphony orchestra, and have a recording of the Boston Pops playing it, which unfortunately I have no right to release.