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Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument Shemonmuanay

Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument
Shemonmuanay

AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA

Wonderful record, originally released on cassette in 1985, soon after the Walias Band veteran settled in the US. (These days he drives a cab out of Dulles International Airport, Washington.)
It's a one-man-band evocation of the traditional accordion sound of his youth, adding a Moog, Rhodes and beat box. Light and fleet-footed, but questing and utterly heartfelt.
Switched-on Ethiopiques, refreshing and lovely as anything. No doubt insufficiently solemn and inauthentically-authentic for World Music plod, but hotly recommended by us.