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Yene Mircha

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2020
Track listing: Semen Ena Debub; Yene Mircha; Bayne Lay Yihedal; Abichu Nega Nega; Yene Abeba; Shemendefer.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha

Read "Yene Mircha" reviewed by Chris May

While Mulatu Astatke is the musician most widely associated with the creation of Ethio-jazz, fellow keyboardist Hailu Mergia is among other significant figures. Astatke is best known overseas because he was the most outward looking of Ethio-jazz's first generation, studying at London's Trinity College of Music and Boston's Berklee College of Music and making his first ...

Lala Belu

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2018
Track listing: Tizita; Addis Nat; Gum Gum; Anchihoye Lene; Lala Belu; Yefikir Engurguro.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu

Read "Lala Belu" reviewed by Chris May

Mulatu Astatke is by a long chalk the most widely known exponent of Ethio-Jazz. Propelled on to the world stage by the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch's 2005 movie, Broken Flowers, and subsequently picked up by record labels and festival bookers in Europe and the US, Astatke deserves all the acclaim that comes his way. But, curiously, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu

Read "Lala Belu" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Sometimes a story comes full circle in the most unexpected way. Ethiopian keyboard and accordion maestro, Hailu Mergia, has enjoyed a well-deserved renaissance with the reissues of his classic albums on Brian Shimkovitz' label Awesome Tapes from Africa: Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye, Tche Belew and Wede Harer Guzo. However, Mergia ...

Wede Harer Guzo

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2016
Track listing: Embuwa Bey Lamitu; Sintayehu; Bati Bati; Migibima Moltual; Yene Nesh Wey (Amalele); Wede Harer Guzo; Yemanesh Ayinama; Almaz Eyasebkush; Anchin Kfu Ayinkash; Minilbelsh.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hailu Mergia: Wede Harer Guzo

Read "Wede Harer Guzo" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is not long ago that Brian Shimkovitz could celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his blog, Awesome Tapes from Africa, where he has posted a steady stream of obscure, but beguiling records with eclectic African music originally released on cassette. The blog quickly grew into becoming a favorite of listeners around the world, and in ...

Tche Belew

Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Released: 2014
Track listing: Tche Belew; Yemiasleks Fikir; Yikarta Lemminalehu; Musicawi Silt; Lomi Tera-tera; Woghenei; Ibakish Tarekigne; Birtukane; Eti Gual Blenai.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hailu Mergia and The Walias: Tche Belew

Read "Tche Belew" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There is a musical moment of great significance in Jim Jarmusch's road movie Broken Flowers. The main character, Don, is going on a journey and has received a cassette with music. When he puts the cassette into the tape deck, the strange, deep and funky sounds of Ethiopian master Mulatu Astatke emerge from the speakers. Music ...


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