Good Aderegechegn (Blindsided By Love): Vinyl LPNA5191LP
Label: Now-Again Records
Release Date: 24th February
This is the kind of fuzzy African disco rock that when you pop in with people around folk are sure to stop what they're doing and have to know more 'what's this, mate?' they'll ask as 'Hasabe (My Worries)' kicks down the doors of your speakers and wipes its irresistible grooves all over the house. This my friend Ayalew Mesfin one of the pillars of Ethiopia's rich scene of the 70s alongside Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete.
Repressed on vinyl. Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend of 1970s Ethiopia. Mesfin’s music is some of the funkiest to arise from this unconquerable East African nation. Mesfin’s recording career, captured in nearly two dozen 7” singles and numerous reel-to-reel tapes, shows the strata of the most fertile decade in Ethiopia’s 20th century recording industry, when records were pressed constantly by both independent upstarts and corporate behemoths, even if they were only distributed within the confines of this East African nation. Though Mesfin was forced underground by the Derg regime that took control of Ethiopia in 1974, he has returned almost 50 years later with this triumphant set albums the first time that his music has been presented in this form. These albums give us a chance to discover a rare and beautiful moment in music history, in anthologies built from Mesfin’s uber-rare 7” single releases and from previously unreleased recordings taken from master tapes. Good Aderegechegn gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history, in an anthology built from his uber-rare 7” single releases. Vinyl Contains an oversized 11” x 11” 16 page book that tells the story of modern Ethiopian music and Mesfin’s role within it. LP
A1. Hasabe (My Worries)
A2. Ewedish Neber (I Used To Love You)
A3. Tezetash Rekik (Memories Of You)
A4. Endet Liyesh (How Can I See You)
A5. Ekul Teramedu (Walk As One)
B1. Good Aderegechegn (Blindsided By Love)
B2. Wubeet (Beautiful)
B3. Yewefe Ber Abeba (Like A Beautiful Bird)
B4. Sak Sak Beyelegni (Smile For Me)…….