103223Awesome Tapes From Africa – June 17th

While preparing the follow-up to his rediscovered and recently reloved LP Tche Belew, Ethiopian Moog synthesiser wizard Hailu Mergia decamped from his original Walias Band and set up in Ethiopia’s Ghion Hotel. Dahlak Band happened to be there at the time, and together they created this newly reissued tape Wede Harer Guzo – a brilliant collection of instrumentals that focus on Mergia’s ridiculous knack for melodic instrumentals that infused the spirit of the hotel’s famed nightclub. The resulting ten tracks – recorded in just three days of sessions – are some of Mergia’s most dancefloor-ready material, including the groove-laden single ‘Sintayehu’. Those looking for more to work their feet to will find this less laid back than Tche Belew, but just as urgent and infectious and timeless.

Buy: Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band – Wede Harer Guzo