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UK label MR BONGO presents new AFRICA 45’s #13 & #14.

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MR BONGO PRESENTS: AFRICA 45’s #13

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A: Mulatu Astatke ft. Frank Holder – Assiyo Bellema

‘Assiyo Bellema’ – Mulatu goes afro-latin, plus steel drums courtesy of Frank Holder. Assiyo Bellema was recorded during Mulatu’s time in London, during which he met Frank, along with many others including Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott.

B: Teshome Meteku – Hasabe

‘Hasabe’ was originally released on Amha in 1969. Soaring Ethiopian vocals and horns create a classic Ethiopian sound. Teshome Meteku was leader of Soul Ekos Band – they lived together! – and were very active in Addis in the 1960’s.

MR BONGO PRESENTS: AFRICA 45’s #14

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A: Seyoum Gebreyes & Wallias Band – Muziqa Muziqa

Wallias Band were an Ethiopian jazz/funk outfit active from the 70’s until the 90’s. They recorded and worked with Mulatu Astatke. They were amongst the first Ethipian bands to tour the USA. On ‘Muziqa Muziqa’ saxophonist Seyoum Gebreyes collaborates with the Wallias Band. Very little is known about Seyoum…

‘Muziqa Muziqa’ is an uptempo Ethio-funk jam, with a soaring vocal, driving organ, drums and brass. ‘Muziqawi Slit’ is a chugging, hypnotic Ethiopian jazz funk groover featuring organ player by Hailu Mergia. Taken from his ‘Tche Belew’ LP originally released on Kaifa in 1977, featuring Mulatu Astatke, arranged by Girme Beyene.

B: Wallias Band – Muziqa Slit