Ayalew MesfinHasabe - My Worries

Label:Now-Again Records – NA 5164
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Record Of The Month – Vol. 62, Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Club Edition, Maroon, 180 gram
Genre:Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country


A1Hasabe (My Worries)3:56
A2Gedawo (The Hero)4:00
A3Rehab (My Hunger)4:34
A4Ewedish Nebere (I Used To Love You)3:24
A5Yesew Neger (Amazed By Humanity)5:02
A6Libe Menta Hone (My Divided Heart)3:55
B1Endet Liyesh (How Can I See You)3:39
B2Ambasel (Ambasel)4:52
B3Zebeder (Mesmerizing)6:08
B4Yetembelal Loga (Tall And Graceful)4:03
B5Gud Aderegechign (Blindsided By Love)3:48

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Ayalew Mesfin and the Black Lion Band
Unheard Ethio-Groove From Addis Ababa
First Time Issued On LP
Extensive Booklet Details The Rise Of Modern Ethiopian Music and Ayalew Mesfin's Story
Never Before Published Photos

Includes artwork and cocktail inserts.

(P)(C) 2018 Now-Again Records.

Remastered [...] at Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.
Licensed courtesy Ayalew Mesfin.
Special thanks to Helen Asfaw Dubale and Danny Mekonnen.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): 166275E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): 166275E2/A



  • commissionerofsewers's avatar
    The vinyl itself is fairly quiet as far as pops, clicks, any sort of background noise. I don’t think that these recordings were originally made with high Fidelity recording equipment. So I don’t expect a super hi-fi sound from this record. That being said, it sounds very good. The vocals are right up on top and you can hear all of the instrumentation really well. The colored vinyl looks very nice and is nice and heavy. The packaging with the matte finish and the included booklet is also pretty nice. And besides that it is a killer album.
    • bigitalmusic's avatar
      Had never heard of Ayalew Mesfin before this VMP club release. Pretty sure that I would probably never had heard of him where it not for trusting their choice in Record of the month. This is incredible music. Funky as hell - but from a different shade than Fela Kuti's work. Very cool and hypnotising. Great bass and brass/wood work. There is a massive booklet that tells Ayalew's story. What a legend. Pick this up if you get a chance.
      • eveningalbum's avatar
        Please note that the 11” x 11” 16 page book is indeed the same as is included in -- different cover, matte paper instead of glossy, but the exact same content.
        • litlgrey's avatar
          This extensive collection makes me drool for the six or seven other original EPs by Mesfin on the Kaifa label which do not appear on it at all!
          • pockets80's avatar
            Edited 6 years ago
            Great choice for ROTM. Never heard of him or his music but was pleasantly surprised. Also, reading about the history of his music gave me a deeper appreciation for it. Definitely a great addition to my collection!
            • b.dillon55's avatar
              anyone else receive this through VMP and had never heard of him? took a chance instead of swapping and was pleasantly surprised with the funk/jazzy/world music sound?


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