Awesome tapes from Africa just released after the amazing LP Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument (1985) now the Holy Grail reissue of Hailu Mergia´s legendary Walias Band of ethiopian instrumentals and ethio jazz standards called “Tsche Belew”. The Walias band was a kind of ethiopian all star Band in the 70ies with Hailu Mergia on Organ, Mulatu Astatke on Vibraphon, Girma Beyene on Piano among others. Original cover & liner notes written by Mulatu Astatke. Hypnotic and Essential.
Hailu Mergia is touring Germany again this winter, still kind of feel the sweat at his concert in packed tiny monarch last year.
“So excited for the long-anticipated re-release of “Tche Belew,” Hailu Mergia and the Walias’ 1977 instrumental jazz and groove recording set against the backdrop of post-revolution Ethiopia. Following Mergia’s Shemonmuanaye/Classical Instrument reissue last year, the keyboardist and accordion player has been visiting stages across Europe and North America to much critical acclaim. “Tche Belew” was a groundbreaking recording and the LP became collectible for so many reasons but overall it is just an astounding merger of Ethiopian songs, elegant contemporary arrangements and “western” instrumentation. Completely sublime music from one of the seminal bands of a funk-laced era of Ethiojazz and soul.”