Hailu Mergia And The Walias* ‎– Tche Belew

Kaifa Records ‎– LPKF 45
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Tche Belew
Arranged By – Girma Beyene
A2 Yemiasleks Fikir
Arranged By – Mulatu Astatke
A3 Yikirta Lemminalehu
Arranged By – Yohannes Tekola
A4 Musical Silt
Arranged By – Girma Beyene
A5 Lomi Tera-tera
Arranged By – Yohannes Tekola
B1 Woghenei
Arranged By – Moges Habte
B2 Ibakish Tarekigne
Arranged By – Yohannes Tekola
B3 Birukane
Arranged By – Yohannes Tekola
B4 Eti Gual Blenai
Arranged By – Mulatu Astatke
B5 Yenuro Tesfa Alegne
Arranged By – Moges Habte



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December 12, 2017
Stone cold classic Ethiopian cross over album. A hybrid of Ethiopian traditional music intermixed with jazz and funk.
Mind you this was recorded in a country that was going thru a major political strife when socialism had taken a stronghold of almost every aspect of Ethiopian society so Hailu had to tip toe thru very treacherous social waters in order to get his art across to his listeners. What you get is some very sincere organ(think Farfisa) based full band instrumentals featuring funky guitar licks, congas and horns. Hailu's band is tight yet slinky with a very velvet like rhythmic and textural under tone.
Afro-pop music of its time but a unique almost "alien" in form it is music drawn on Northern Africa but not in any way an emulation of what many people might perceive as African pop music. Review is drawn on a western perception of this music not something easy to do but it IS something special and worth seeking out.