Mergia, Hailu / Shemonmuanaye
Album: Shemonmuanaye   Collection:General
Artist:Mergia, Hailu   Added:Oct 2013
Label:Awesome Tapes From Africa  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-10-03 Pull Date: 2013-12-05 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 1 Nov 3 Oct 6
Airplays: 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 30, 2013: Around The Bend
3. Oct 05, 2013: ThermoNuclear Bar
Belew Beduby
2. Oct 29, 2013: late night dryer
4. Oct 04, 2013: Aporeia

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-10-03
If Herbie Hancock had picked up the accordion and moved to Ethiopia instead of making “Rockit” in ’82 he’d have made something like this. Classically trained jazz pianist doing folk songs with Moog synthesizer, electric piano, drum machine, but the accordion takes the lead melody mostly. Since leaving Ethiopia and settling in Maryland as a cab driver, he’s never really returned to music, which is a shame because he’s a really talented player, though the drum machine hasn’t aged very well. Some of these songs sound better suited for an Atari game at an Addis Ababa arcade (seriously this tape came out in 85), but sometimes the Rhodes piano gets so damn funky you’d swear that was Stevie Wonder or Herbie himself.

RIYL music you hear during last call at a seedy bar in DC’s Little Ethiopia neighborhood (see also his soul-jazz work with the Wallias Band on Ethiopiques vol. 3)

1. (6:40) steady headnodding Middle Eastern bass groove with rambling accordion
2. (6:08) happy, sunshiney melodies and occasional cheesy synth
3. (5:56) rambling accordion over slow, heavily swung rhythms
4. (5:29)*** chill, funky, melancholy Moog melodies, sit back and nod along…
5. (5:46) light and carefree noodling with vocal rhythms
6. (6:32) slightly dark melodies but the Rhodes piano keeps it funky
7. (6:27) campy, fun and upbeat mood, springtime frolicking
8. (3:49) nocturnal strolling mood, lonely accordion and spooky bass
9. (4:43) jumpy upbeat ditty with lots of accordion, some vocal effects
10. (4:25) faster but similar to track 1
11. (3:24) slick and gooey bass groove with some warbling accordion

Track Listing
1. Shemonmuanaye   6. Amrew Demkew
2. Sewnetuwa   7. Anchin Alay Alegn
3. Laloye   8. Ambasel
4. Wegene   9. Hebo Lale
5. Hari Meru Meru   10. Belew Beduby
  11. Shilela