Mot Aykerim (You Can't Cheat Death)

Ayalew Mesfin


A new compilation of rare tracks from VMP Essentials February 2019 artist and Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin, we have this on black vinyl from our pals at Now Again.

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color Black
exclusive VMP Curated Pick
label Now-Again Records
pressing location Independent Record Pressing (IRP)
release type New Release
By the Numbers

1lp
format
2020
original release year
331/3
rpm
speed
100
total pressing quantity
12
inch
vinyl size
standard
weight
Description

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.

Ayalew Mesfin’s 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 album 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.

These albums give us a chance to discover a rare and 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. Each individual album contains an oversized 11” x 11” 16 page book that tells the story of modern Ethiopian music and Mesfin’s role within it.

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Mot Aykerim (You Can't Cheat Death)

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