Ayalew Mesfin, The Complete Works (5 LP Set)

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2020 09 11

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    Good Aderegechegn (Blindsided By Love)


    3:56 Ayalew Mesfin Hasabe (My Worries)

    3:25 Ayalew Mesfin Ewedish Neber (I Used To Love You)

    4:02 Ayalew Mesfin Tezetash Rekik (Memories Of You)

    3:38 Ayalew Mesfin Endet Liyesh (How Can I See You)

    5:07 Ayalew Mesfin Ekul Teramedu (Walk As One)


    3:49 Ayalew Mesfin Good Aderegechegn (Blindsided By Love)

    4:51 Ayalew Mesfin Wubeet (Beautiful)

    3:20 Ayalew Mesfin Yewefe Ber Abeba (Like A Beautiful Bird)

    3:16 Ayalew Mesfin Sak Sak Beyelegni (Smile For Me)

    5:06 Ayalew Mesfin Gubeleye (Gorgeous Girl)

    Che Belew (March Forward)


    3:55 Ayalew Mesfin Libe Menta Hone (My Divided Heart)

    3:45 Ayalew Mesfin Hedech Gara Zura (She Left Across The Mountain)

    4:39 Ayalew Mesfin Tereterkush Betam (I Suspect You Are Unfaithful)

    3:23 Ayalew Mesfin Harrar Dire-Diwa (Harrar Dire-Diwa)

    5:01 Ayalew Mesfin Yesew Neger (Amazed By Humanity)


    2:49 Ayalew Mesfin Konjo Lidge Nat (She’s A Beautiful Girl)

    4:02 Ayalew Mesfin Yetembelel-Loga (Tall And Graceful)

    3:51 Ayalew Mesfin Che Belew (March Forward)

    5:09 Ayalew Mesfin Ho Bilo Hede (He Went Marching)

    6:08 Ayalew Mesfin Zebeder (Mesmerizing)

    Wegene (My Countryman) 


    3:50 Ayalew Mesfin Teregew Nebere (You Used To Understand)

    4:56 Ayalew Mesfin Neye Temelesh Belwat (Tell Her To Come Back)

    4:22 Ayalew Mesfin Wegene (My Countryman)

    4:52 Ayalew Mesfin Ambassel (Ambassel)

    4:52 Ayalew Mesfin Rehab (Rehab)


    5:01 Ayalew Mesfin Endetnesh Belulegn (Ask How She’s Doing)

    9:15 Ayalew Mesfin Tizitash Zewetir (Your Memories Always) 

    6:12 Ayalew Mesfin Wubalem (Stunning) 

    Tewedije Limut  (Let Me Die Loved)


    5:24 Ayalew Mesfin Tewedije Limut  (Let Me Die Loved) 

    7:47 Ayalew Mesfin Mot Aykerim (You Can’t Cheat Death) 

    7:40 Ayalew Mesfin Shuferu (The Driver) 


    5:37 Ayalew Mesfin Libe Dil Temeta (My Heart Is Conquered) 

    5:37 Ayalew Mesfin Gora Weshebaye (The Mountain Hero) 

    5:05 Ayalew Mesfin Anchi Yefikir Taot (You Are Love)

    6:17 Ayalew Mesfin Ayish Ayishina (I See And I See You)  

    Mot Aykerim (You Can’t Cheat Death)


    7:24 Ayalew Mesfin Megen Anchi Hoye (Your Amazing Self) 

    6:18 Ayalew Mesfin Mot Aykerim (You Can’t Cheat Death – Alternate Take) 

    4:27 Ayalew Mesfin Weyolachew (I’m Warning You) 


    6:37 Ayalew Mesfin Erikew Sihedu (When Distance Arises) 

    6:49 Ayalew Mesfin Yetizitash Simet (The Feelings Of Your Memory)

    5:46 Ayalew Mesfin Yedilu Shema (Victory Torch) 

    6:29 Ayalew Mesfin Turi Turi Nafa (Lies And More Lies) 


    Contains an oversized 11” x 11” 16 page book that tells the story of modern Ethiopian music and Mesfin’s role within it. 

    These albums give us a chance to discover a rare & 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.

    Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend 1970s Ethiopia. The music he created with his Black Lion Band is amongst the funkiest to arise from Addis Ababa.

    His 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 unconquerable East African nation.

    For many who hold this set in their hands, the music created in ‘70s Ethiopia will sound both familiar and alien: while the trappings of ‘70s Ethiopian music carry some aspects that those in the West will easily identify with – trap drum kits, jazz big-band styled horn sections, guitars played through wah wah and fuzz pedals – the Ethiopian style of singing, and the modes in which the musicians move, may confound and transfix. Perhaps some who have delved into Mulatu’s instrumental Ethio-Jazz will have a context in which to engage this, presumably the last great, unheard catalog of ‘70s Ethiopian music.

    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 of five albums – and the first time that his music has been presented in this form.